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Econyl, a nylon thread made from plastic waste
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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...
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  • Geckel: stick to it!
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    Geckel: stick to it!

    Geckos are remarkable in their ability to scurry up vertical surfaces and even move along upside down. That’s one. Water is an enemy of adhesives, which typically do not work well in wet environments....

  • Medical plastics
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    Medical plastics

    What’s the difference between a medical plastic and a regular one? No, it’s not the diploma from a medical school. It’s transparency, resistance to chemicals and to fluctuations in temperature, stiffn...

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