• 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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    “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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  • A meta-material to end noise pollution
    At a glance 2 min

    A meta-material to end noise pollution

    Whether at home, at the office or in the street, we all suffer from noise pollution to varying degrees. It can even become unbearable for some. Researchers at Boston University are apparently close t...

  • Embr Wave: a bracelet that regulates body temperature
    At a glance 2 min

    Embr Wave: a bracelet that regulates body temperature

    At the CES 2019 (Consumer Electronic Show) in Las Vegas, Embr Labs unveiled a new, wearable, smart and innovative device, namely a personal thermostat with the ability to cool down or heat up the body...

  • Ski slopes on the roof of a waste treatment centre
    At a glance 2 min

    Ski slopes on the roof of a waste treatment centre

    Danish architect’s firm BIG has a slightly loopy project in mind: creating an artificial ski slope on the roof of a waste treatment centre. Their project is about to come to fruition and is scheduled ...

  • The padel, the increasingly popular racket sport
    At a glance 1 min

    The padel, the increasingly popular racket sport

    Chances are that you will answer in the affirmative when asked “have you heard of padel?”, and chances are that you will have confused “paddle”, which is played on water, and “padel”, a racket sport h...

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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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Swatch, the little plastic watch that revived the Swiss watch industry

Although the greater public knows Swatch as the name for fun, affordable and Swiss quality watches, the name actually refers to the world's largest watchmaking group. This is also the revolutionary st...

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Swatch, the little plastic watch that revived the Swiss watch industry

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...