• Biomimicry, polymers to sublimate nature
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    Biomimicry, polymers to sublimate nature

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    “Better understanding molecular interactions is crucial to biomimicry ”

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  • Unique skateboards made from recovered plastic bottle caps
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    Unique skateboards made from recovered plastic bottle caps

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  • Seabin, a new kind of floating bin
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    Seabin, a new kind of floating bin

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  • Unique skateboards made from recovered plastic bottle caps
    At a glance 1 min

    Unique skateboards made from recovered plastic bottle caps

    Jonathan Morrisson has combined his love of skateboarding and his environmental beliefs by creating skateboards made from recovered plastic bottle caps. The idea behind recovering plastic waste and...

  • Walking on water
    At a glance 1 min

    Walking on water

    Walking on water is now possible thanks to this new concept of stand-up paddling: the Mirage Eclipse, a paddle board unlike any other! The latest innovation of the Hobie brand, Mirage® Eclipse, the w...

  • Seabin, a new kind of floating bin
    At a glance 2 min

    Seabin, a new kind of floating bin

    The seabin is a small floating plastic waste collector developed by an Australian team: a simple solution for cleaning up waste in ports and marinas before it reaches the sea or the ocean....

  • A reflective polymer coating for staying cool
    At a glance 2 min

    A reflective polymer coating for staying cool

    Although they are a sight to behold, it is not only aesthetics which led the houses of the Cyclades, Andalusia and North Africa to be painted white: it was done to keep them cool! In many developing c...

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Design and Icons

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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The small yellow box that revolutionised breakfast

For several decades, a small yellow box has been a mainstay at the breakfast table for millions of children around the world: the box of Nesquik, the world’s most popular chocolate powder. A box that ...

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The small yellow box that revolutionised breakfast

Features and Interviews

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

  • “Better understanding molecular interactions is crucial to biomimicry ”
    Expert views 3 min

    “Better understanding molecular interactions is crucial to biomimicry ”

    An interview with Doctor Dounia Dems, physicochemistry engineer at CEEBIOS, the European Centre of Excellence in Biomimicry....

  • Biomimicry, polymers to sublimate nature
    Cutting Edge 5 min

    Biomimicry, polymers to sublimate nature

    Hundreds of laboratories around the world are attempting to copy nature in order to reproduce the materials refined over the course of millions of years of evolution. Synthetic polymers are frequently...

  • Plastic packaging: why the hate?
    Daily life 5 min

    Plastic packaging: why the hate?

    Some still consider packaging as mere advertising materials, or even just plain waste. This is a largely unjustified “trial of intention”, in particular with regard to primary packaging which has bene...

  • R3d: the polymer bubbles that have the world fizzing with excitement
    Expert views 3 min

    R3d: the polymer bubbles that have the world fizzing with excitement

    An interview with Miguel Pinhero, CEO of the Portuguese R3D company which has developed an original packaging solution made up of polymer bubbles....

  • Construction: plastics on the worksite
    Daily life 7 min

    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...

  • Solar tiles: Solar Innova walks into the light
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    Solar tiles: Solar Innova walks into the light

    An interview with Manuel Gil , Sales Director at Solar Innova Green Technology, a Spanish company that designs and manufactures an ingenious solar tile....

  • Novamem makes pure water available to all
    Expert views 4 min

    Novamem makes pure water available to all

    An interview with Christoph Kellenberger, former Swiss researcher and current CEO of Novamem, a polymer membrane manufacturer....

  • Plastics dive into the water
    Daily life 6 min

    Plastics dive into the water

    The relationship between plastics and aquatic environments is not always that which immediately comes to mind. They can also be lifesavers: essential for making impure or salty water suitable for cons...

  • Plastic waste: a trip around the world to find sustainable solutions
    Planet 5 min

    Plastic waste: a trip around the world to find sustainable solutions

    Quentin and Mathieu went on a cycling trip around the world a little more than a year ago in order meet people who collect, recycle and re-use plastic waste. They recently completed their journey. Aft...