Icons 2 min
The history of the hair dryer
It is one of those everyday objects that just seems to have always been around. It is far from indispensable, but we are very glad to have it on hand!...
Icons 1 min
The rubik's cube, the star of puzzles
One cube, six colours, fifty-four faces, billions of combinations and, as many frustrated players who have tried to solve the mysteries of the most famous of all puzzles: the Rubik's Cube....
At a glance 1 min
Pillows filled with sustainable fibres
On the occasion of Oceans Day on 8 June, ADVANSA, a European manufacturer of polyester fibres for bedding, launched a new filling fibre for duvets, pillows and mattresses....
At a glance 2 min
A unique and sustainable portable charger
Gomi, a sustainable design studio located in Brighton in England, recently designed a portable charger made from plastic waste....
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
The first plastic. It all started with a billiard ball
The history of the billiard ball is closely linked to that of celluloid, which is considered to be history’s first artificial polymer. Celluloid’s origins date back to the American Civil War (1861-18...Read more
Features and Interviews
Innovative, smart, surprising but often overlooked…plastics have not finished surprising you!
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 ...
Expert views 4 min
“With this polymer, we will soon be able to make gecko’s feet in the kitchen!”
An interview with Michael Varenberg, a lecturer-researcher at Georgia Tech in Atlanta in the United States, who recently developed a polymer reproducing the adhesive effect of a gecko’s foot....
Expert views 6 min
“Polymers remain the materials of the future for our industry”
An interview with Gérard Liraut, Polymer Expert Leader for the GROUP RENAULT....
Daily life 5 min
Tomorrow’s vehicles: polymers lending their weight to the future
Faced with environmental challenges, the automotive industry must reinvent itself. Their design departments are working hard, using new technologies and new developments in materials. Among which, pla...
Expert views 4 min
More so than machines, materials are the key to success
An interview with Alessio Lorusso, CEO and founder of Roboze, an Italian 3D printer manufacturer...
Cutting Edge 5 min
From 3D printing to 4D printing: polymers start a revolution
It is now clear that 3D printers are at the forefront of a new industrial revolution. Inevitably, changes are coming at a fast pace and polymers are having to adapt to keep up....
Daily life 5 min
Plastics appeal to the senses
Plastics and the five senses. Not an unusual subject, as polymers are often involved in enhancing our senses...
Expert views 3 min
“Our furniture is also made to be stroked!”
An interview with Michelle Poon, Marketing Director of Spanish furniture producer Vondom....
Planet 7 min
Plastics: a major step towards the circular economy
The fate of used plastics is the subject of much discussion, particularly in Europe, which has set itself the ambitious objective of recycling 50% of used plastics by 2030 (55% for packaging). These o...