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London 2012 Olympics feature plastics galore

The London 2012 Olympics will create a plastics bonanza, featuring miles of plastics piping, kerbing and stadium seating, according to a press release on 6 July from the British Plastics Federation (BPF). More appealingly, Hornby PLC, the models and collectibles group, has also secured a licence to provide official London 2012 merchandise across its Corgi, […]

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Vuvuzela craze boosts plastics demand

The vuvuzela has boosted demand for plastics, and given retailers an unexpected sales boom, according to this article on Sky spotted by Lara.   The constant din at the World Cup games has maddened players and fans, but UK supermarket Sainsbury’s has sold 40,000 of the plastic trumpets at £2 each.   For the pitiful […]

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Cracked cycle helmets cause a stink

Cyclists and skiers know they have to replace their helmets if they drop them. Now polymer materials can be produced which start to smell if they develop small cracks. The larger the crack, the stronger the stink, according to this article on sciencecentric.com. The smell is released when tiny capsules in the plastic break.   […]

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Plastics – too valuable to throw away

Yellow droplets of oil with smiley faces and blue plastic bottles with cow faces feature in this adorable video which explains that oil going into plastics is not used up, it is merely borrowed.   Franco was sent “Plastics – too valuable to throw away” after last week’s “Pre-K” press conference in Amsterdam, where nine […]

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Books: We Are All Made of Glue

I liked “A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian” so much, I read Marina Lewycka’s second book “Two Caravans” straight off. It’s another black comedy, but now I’m struggling with “We Are All Made of Glue.” I thought it would be good for the plane but halfway through, I find I don’t care much for […]

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Lego Photo app for iPhone

The Lego Photo app for iPhone poses a serious threat to future sales of real Lego (the perfect petrochemical toy.)   Before you download it and start to enjoy the virtual pleasures of transforming your photos into Lego bricks, spare a thought for your petchem comrades in the ABS business. Today it’s Lego, tomorrow the […]

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Fake Superhero Plastic Toys

Pity the poor children whose mums and dads return from their business trips to China with these fake superhero plastic toys. It’s one thing to bring back fake designer handbags, Rolexes and Mont Blanc pens, but what child is going to be taken in by SPADERMAN? Or SPECIALMAN? Or ROBERTCOP 3?   Customs officers in […]

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Lights, Camera, Plastic

HOUSTON (Chemicals Confidential)–Doing a spot of late night shopping last night on arriving in Houston, I was struck by this pro-petchem billboard campaign at Old Navy (the value arm of Gap): Lights, Camera, Plastic.   You stand next to some plastic mannequins in the store, “Pose With The Plastic Pros”, get a friend to take […]

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Crossing the Pacific in a Boat Made From Plastic Bottles

A boat made entirely from plastic bottles and recycled waste products is to set sail from San Francisco to Sydney, on a 12,000 nautical mile journey to study the marine environment, according to this article which Blog reader Judith B came across via CNN on Wednesday.   The Plastiki Expedition in April 2010 will include four […]

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House built from recycled plastic

It’s now possible to build a whole house from recycled waste plastic and minerals, according to this article spotted by Linda Naylor in today’s Plastics & Rubber Weekly.   Construction of the affordable low carbon homes is from packaging and manufacturing waste, and each house consumes around 18 tonnes of waste material.   The technology […]

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