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    “The Polar Dome has outgrown the bounds of the simple emergency shelter!”

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    A retractable roof for Roland-Garros!

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Features and Interviews

Innovative, smart, surprising but often overlooked…plastics have not finished surprising you!

  • Humanitarian aid: plastics at the heart of the action
    Planet 5 min

    Humanitarian aid: plastics at the heart of the action

    In a quest for efficiency, humanitarian action is turning to robust and reliable products and equipment for help in coping with the most unpredictable situations. A few, very versatile, polymers are a...

  • Plastics transforming nature’s bounty
    Planet 4 min

    Plastics transforming nature’s bounty

    What is sustainable energy? Is it energy that doesn’t give off CO2? Energy from a non-finite, readily available source? Well, a bit of both actually! Basically, it’s about tapping and converting into,...

  • Recycled plastics for fashion victims
    Planet 3 min

    Recycled plastics for fashion victims

    At a time when corporate ethics and social responsibility are increasingly in vogue and the state of the environment has everyone worried, fashion designers, ready-to-wear stores, clothing manufacture...

  • The second life of plastics
    Planet 3 min

    The second life of plastics

    Recycling and energy recovery: at the end of their lives, plastics are still full of resources provided, proactive policies enable them achieve their full potential, and abandoning them to landfill be...

  • Cashing in on plastic waste
    Planet 5 min

    Cashing in on plastic waste

    What if plastic waste were worth money, could be a resource, an asset even ... There is an awareness building in some European countries, and many are already working to put end-of-life plastics to go...

  • Did you say "Bio-Based"?
    Planet 2 min

    Did you say "Bio-Based"?

    After food and textiles, the organic trend is continuing to spread. Organically-sourced plastics, biodegradable plastics, bioplastics, biopolymers...so many names! But what exactly do they all mean? W...

  • Environment: an informed consumer is a wise consumer
    Planet 2 min

    Environment: an informed consumer is a wise consumer

    Faced with growing consumer demand for environmental information on the products they buy, governments, distributors, businesses and others are stepping up the drive to develop product environmental l...

  • Zero Energy Buildings: Opportunity for Plastics
    Planet 4 min

    Zero Energy Buildings: Opportunity for Plastics

    Starting in 2019 all new buildings constructed in the EU will have to produce on-site more renewable energy on-site than they consume. This is the result of a revision by the European Parliament of t...

  • Polymers fortifying robotics
    Cutting Edge 7 min

    Polymers fortifying robotics

    Unfortunately, robots able to cater to our every whim remain in the realm of science fiction. However, the topic of robotics continues to garner the attention of university research units and private ...