New Plastic Can Be Recycled Indefinitely Without Degradation

Most people would agree that recycling plastic is a good idea. Not only are the environmental effects of producing plastics lessened – in many cases recycling can make financial sense for producers too. However, recycling is far from perfect today.

The problem lies in the fact that many consumer plastics contain additives specifically designed to serve a specific function. For […]

Custom Plastic Implants Revolutionizing Medical Care

Medical Plastics News is my go-to source for new information about the contributions of plastics and plastics technology to the field of medicine. This month, that publication published a story describing a new advance that has revolutionized the field of medical implants in the past years.

In particular, the article, titled “How custom made implants have the potential to improve […]

Innovative Bubble Barrier Aims to Stop Plastic Pollution in Oceans

Every year, around 18 billion pounds of plastic enter the world’s oceans. Much of this plastic is carried out to sea from the interiors of continents by river currents. As can be seen in the map accompanying River Plastics Emissions to the World’s Oceans, a paper published in Nature last year, few of the worlds coastlines are free of […]

Study Comparing Environmental Impacts of Plastic, Cloth Bags Reveals Surprising Results

For many years, cloth bags have been seen as an environmentally-friendly alternative to the ubiquitous plastic bags found at shops around the world. Despite their popularity, a recent study completed by the government of Denmark has reached some surprising conclusions about the relative impacts of cloth, reusable plastic, and single-use plastic bags.

The study attempted to define the environmental impact […]

PrimaLoft steps up to Reduce Impact of Synthetic Clothing Fibres

PrimaLoft is known around the world as a leading manufacturer of synthetic fibres – a key ingredient in the manufacture of insulated clothing, including puffy jackets, synthetic fleece clothing, and athletic wear. These fibres come with many advantages. First of all, they are much cheaper than traditional insulating materials such as wool or down. Second, they dry quickly and […]

National Association of Home Builders Showcase House Demonstrates Power of Plastics

Every year, the National Association of Home Builders, based in the United States, hosts an International Builders’ Show, at which representatives from home-building companies around the world mingle and learn about the most recent trends and innovations in the world of construction.

This year’s show, located in Las Vegas, Nevada, was planned around a showcase home demonstrating many recent innovations, […]

Rigid Plastic Producers Must Adapt to Compete with Flexible Packaging, Report Finds

Plastic packaging is often categorised into two categories: rigid packaging and flexible packaging. Flexible packaging, the relative newcomer to the scene, refers to packaging that does not have a rigid shape. Flexible packages, which are dominated by stand-up pouches and other soft-sided containers, require less material to produce, resulting in reduced costs and a lower environmental impact.

The rise of […]

Ocean Plastics Innovation Challenge to Spur Plastics Change

One of the main challenges that has been facing the plastics industry in the past decade has been dealing with the influx of plastics waste to the world’s oceans. According to the Ocean Conservancy, about 8 million metric tonnes of plastics enter the world’s oceans each year.

Given the importance of plastics to our modern way of life, and the […]

The Promise of Plastics for CO2 Sequestration

As anthropogenic global warming becomes an increasingly critical issue to address, some researchers have turned from finding ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to finding ways to remove carbon dioxide from Earth’s atmosphere. Many believe that this process, known as sequestration, will be an essential tool in the fight against global warming.

Despite the promise that some researchers see in […]

Futuristic Boat Making Round-the-World Journey to Demonstrate Plastics Waste Reuse Technology

We’ve spent a lot of time reporting on efforts to reduce the impacts of plastics on the world’s oceans. Much of the activity in this field focuses on finding ways to reduce the amount of plastic entering the ocean to begin with. Other efforts, such as the Ocean Cleanup Project, aim to solve the technical problems of collecting plastics […]