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May 10, 2019

The accidental creation of Bubble Wrap

The invention of bubble wrap in 1957 was actually accidental.  Alfred Fielding and his business partner Mar Chavannes, a Swiss chemist, were trying to invent textured wallpaper by putting two shower curtains together which created a sheet with trapped air bubbles.  They were given a patent for this process and thought of 400 uses most […]

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April 26, 2019

New coating helps keep buildings cool.

As global warming continues researches at Columbia University have developed a solution to cool buildings without harming the environment and using more electricity with air conditioning.  Traditionally white paint has been used but that reflects heat back into the atmosphere and only reduces the heat by 85% while absorbing the rest of the heat. This […]

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April 12, 2019

Conair Group donates half ton of plastic pellets to school for weighted blankets.

A plastic’s group recently helped out the community.  IPEG’s Conair Groups Vice President, Brian Dowler, heard about a charitable group from Zelienople PA Church of Christ.  They were making turtle lap pads and blankets for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, There was 1200 pounds of leftover pellets that the company from their lab in Cranberry, […]

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March 29, 2019

Flat Wine Bottles Win an Packaging Innovation Award

Dow Chemical Company awarded Garcon Wines flat bottle the Diamond Finalist Award for their innovative packaging.   The bottle was originally designed to solve the problem of wine bottles not being able to fit in the mail slots in the United Kingdom.  The flat bottles not only solve this problem, but solves many other issues. […]

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March 15, 2019

World’s Largest 3D Printed Bridge is Built in China

The world’s largest bridge was built this year in Shanghai.  Designed by Professor Xu Weiguo, who teaches at the Tsinghua University Zoina Land Joint Research Center for Digital Architecture after the ancient Anji Bridge in Zhaoxian, China. The bridge is a single arch pedestrian bridge 86 feet long and 12 feet wide.  Professor Weiguo’s team […]

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February 18, 2019

Cooking with Sous Vide

Sous vide is a French method of cooking.  Sous vide means “under vacuum”, and that’s exactly the way this cooking method works.  Food is vacuumed sealed inside a plastic bag, then cooked in a water bath at a very particular temperature.   With sous vide cooking, you are in control of the temperature of your […]

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February 1, 2019

Fruit Waste Used to Make Plastic Packaging

Plastic packaging is getting a bad rap lately about being bad for the environment, so an Italian firm is working on a bioplastic made from fruit waste. Bio-on is an Italian bioplastics company who is teaming up with an agricultural firm called Gruppo Rivoira to produce Zeropack, a packaging solution for fruits and vegetables.  Zeropack […]

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December 14, 2018

Toys R Us Closures Cause Waves in the Toy Industry

The announcement of Toys R Us filing for bankruptcy sent shockwaves through the toy industry.  They closed a total of 735 stores nationwide, but not before they slashed the prices on all of their merchandise.  Consumers scrambled to buy up as many toys and children’s products as they could at these low prices. “A significant […]

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November 30, 2018

Keep your Leftovers Fresh!

Plastic is a durable, waterproof material that can be used for many reasons.  One great way plastic is used in everyday life is to preserve the life of our food.  With the holidays upon us, keeping those leftovers fresh is a great way to reduce waste.  Here are some great ways plastic can keep your […]

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November 9, 2018

Stephanie L. Kwolek: Inventor of Kevlar

In 1965, Stephanie Kwolek created what we now know as Kevlar, a durable plastic that has over 200 applicable uses, including protective vests, ropes, cables, and vehicles.  Her invention of this super synthetic fiber is a very important discovery for the plastics industry. Kwolek was born in 1923 in New Kensington, Pennsylvania.  Her father passed […]

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