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    The world’s largest 3D-printed bridge

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    Converting organic waste into energy with HomeBiogas

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  • Rotterdam: a floating park made from plastic waste
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    Rotterdam: a floating park made from plastic waste

    Entirely made from plastic waste recovered in the city’s port, Rotterdam’s floating park, called “Recycled Park” is a pioneer in urban planning and the circular economy. Launched by the WHIM archit...

  • The cycling helmet reinvented thanks to 3D printing
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    The cycling helmet reinvented thanks to 3D printing

    Kupol, a Quebec-based start-up specialising in bicycle safety has joined forces with Sculptéo, a leader in the world of 3D printing, to mass manufacture the world’s first entirely 3D-printed cycling h...

  • Construction: plastics on the worksite
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    Construction: plastics on the worksite

    Plastics play a key role in the construction sector. In Europe, over 20% of the polymers produced are used in construction and public works, and innovations keep on coming. Although their intrinsic pr...

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Plastic objects, whether they are recent or firmly-established cult objects, have revolutionised the world of design, changed habits and left their mark on our daily lives for several generations

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Tupperware: the sociological box

In 1946, nine years after the discovery of polyethylene, Earl Tupper, an American citizen, began manufacturing small airtight injection-moulded polyethylene bowls aimed at "making women's work easier"...

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Tupperware: the sociological box

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