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  • Econyl, a nylon thread made from plastic waste
    At a glance 1 min

    Econyl, a nylon thread made from plastic waste

    Converting used fishing nets and other discarded nylons into technical fibres to make swimsuits, carpets and other textile products, is the innovative project pursued by Italian company Aquafil. In...

  • Bio-inspired, a new life for polymers
    Cutting Edge 5 min

    Bio-inspired, a new life for polymers

    Although it is nothing new, the science of biomimicry, which seeks to take inspiration from nature’s strengths, has recently had a second wind, thanks to polymers, which are once again displaying an i...

  • Polymers absorbed by their role
    Daily life 4 min

    Polymers absorbed by their role

    The word absorption evokes liquids and sponges. However, certain materials absorb sound, impacts, heat, and even electromagnetic waves! What do they have in common? They are all made by the plastics i...

  • School time with plastics
    Daily life 3 min

    School time with plastics

    Plastics have found in school supplies, and particularly, in writing instruments, a permanent outlet for which the diversity and technical performance of polymers are more important than the quantitie...

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