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Back to basics for plastics

30/03/17

Back to basics for plastics

Waste management, and the management of plastic waste in particular, is a crucial issue for the coming years. What if polymers, which are too often vilified, were a solution rather than a problem?
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Once a plastic, forever a plastic

01/09/15

Once a plastic, forever a plastic

Do plastics still have a future after a lifetime of faithful service? The words "plastic waste" often conjure up images of recycled packaging. However, plastics have established themselves in other areas such as the construction and automotive industries, where they already account for almost 30% of the increasing production of these materials. What do we do with used plastics? As the concept of the circular economy gains increasing traction, the question requires an answer.
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Plastics stock up on energy

27/04/15

Plastics stock up on energy

What a wonderful paradox! While it takes less than 5% of global oil production to cover our current use of plastics, a minimal quantity of polymer materials can now be used to prepare the energy transition.
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Humanitarian aid: plastics at the heart of the action

28/05/14

Humanitarian aid: plastics at the heart of the action

In a quest for efficiency, humanitarian action is turning to robust and reliable products and equipment for help in coping with the most unpredictable situations. A few, very versatile, polymers are among the chosen materials.
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Plastics transforming nature’s bounty

30/05/13

Plastics transforming nature’s bounty

What is sustainable energy? Is it energy that doesn’t give off CO2? Energy from a non-finite, readily available source? Well, a bit of both actually! Basically, it’s about tapping and converting into, usually electric, power the free energy from the sun, wind, water currents, or subterranean heat. Obviously, though, that takes equipment, and because of which, plastics and composites are coming into their own.
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Sunshine and plastics: bright ideas for a better world

13/02/13

Sunshine and plastics: bright ideas for a better world

While the Western world looks to green initiatives to halt global warming and reduce fossil fuel dependency, 1.6 billion people live without even electricity. A number of ingenious inventors decided to do something about this by using a cheap resource that is available to all: the sun. We look at these original, sustainable and solidarity-based initiatives
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Cashing in on plastic waste

19/12/12

Cashing in on plastic waste

What if plastic waste were worth money, could be a resource, an asset even ... There is an awareness building in some European countries, and many are already working to put end-of-life plastics to good use. Others, though, still have a mindset that needs to change and move on.
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Did you say "Bio-Based"?

26/01/12

Did you say "Bio-Based"?

After food and textiles, the organic trend is continuing to spread. Organically-sourced plastics, biodegradable plastics, bioplastics, biopolymers...so many names! But what exactly do they all mean? We try and cut through the maze!
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Plastics to the aid of energy control

21/12/11

Plastics to the aid of energy control

Plastic bring their fair share of solutions when faced with challenges related to global warming. Industries nowadays devote a large part of their research to developing new materials that meet increasingly high environmental requirements.
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UPCYCLING: ETHICAL AND AESTHETIC RECYCLING

19/05/11

UPCYCLING: ETHICAL AND AESTHETIC RECYCLING

Several years ago, a new word entered our vocabulary, without our knowing exactly what it meant: Upcycling, a new trend found in all four corners of the world.
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