The world is hooked on plastics, but creating plastics — especially thermoplastics like nylon, polyethylene, and polystyrene — typically requires petroleum or natural gas. That’s bad, because it deepens the world’s dependence on those finite resources. Researchers at the Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln have presented new research at a… → Read More
Do you know how hard that headline was to write? So hard!
Anyway, scientists at Imperial College London found a form of degradable polymer made of sugar which would, in theory, allow you to add your plastic bottles to your compost pile and watch them degrade into happy, healthy plant food. → Read More
Ever wandered through a Target or Wal-Mart and wondered just where all those plastic goblets and colanders and keychains and doodads actually came from? Yeah, me too. There must be a factory somewhere churning this stuff out. Turns out there is such a factory, in Odenwald, Germany, where Koziol fabricates plastic into all kinds of useful things. → Read More
Plastic has be given Wolverine-like self-healing capabilities thanks to the work of Biswajit Ghost and Marek Urban, material scientists from the University of Southern Mississippi. The scientists have created a new polymer that can repair itself when scratched using UV light from the sun. → Read More
Agri-Future Joetsu, a venture company based out of Western Japan, is selling a special kind of plastic without using oil but rather rice and wood in the production process. Although Japan is (rightfully) known as one of THE rice-crazy nations in the world, Agri-Future is the only company in Nippon offering “rice plastic”. Agri-Future is even able to use perished rice and powdered wood… → Read More
Plastic packaging are made by the devil. That’s a fact. There is, on average, 300,000 severed limbs caused by these plastic death traps every year. That’s a fact, too. Maybe. Anyway, the Pyranna should help cut down on ER visits by zipping through the plastic easily and safely. With Christmas coming, it might be a good time to invest in one of these. Only $9.99 on Amazon. → Read More