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Recycled plastic bottle boat arrives in Sydney

The famous Plastiki expedition across the Pacific in a boat made of recycled plastic has reached its final destination in Sydney, Australia. Since the Blog recorded it setting off from San Francisco in March, it is only fitting that we celebrate its arrival. (photo: Sky)

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Recycled Island – a holiday fantasy

Here’s a crazy idea. Why not take the mass of garbage floating in the mid-Pacific and build a futuristic holiday destination there? Rotterdam-based architects WHIM have put out some artists’ impressions of what a resort built on a floating island of plastic junk and various debris might look like, and have got themselves news coverage […]

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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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T25 supermini car made from recycled plastic bottles

Clive was pushing his baby daughter past the vegetable counter when I bumped into him at the weekend. I didn’t know he’d had a baby. “Yes,” he said. “The baby was born in the car on the way to Kingston hospital. It was in the local papers.” Clive used to work at ICIS, and we […]

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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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Remote control candles threat to paraffin wax

Gift catalogues are on my doormat every evening when I return home at this time of year. Usually I put them straight into the recycling bag, because there are only so many cotton poloshirts or floral arrangements or crafty wooden toys that any family needs.   I do, however, make an exception for the geeky […]

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Chemical companies stage free jazz concert in Thailand

Polyester producer Teijin is to stage a free jazz concert in Bangkok on 6 December 2009 starring the famous saxophone player, Koh Mr Saxman, the company announced in a press release today, spotted by my fellow blogger Doris.   The concert is expected to attract two to three thousand people, and will reflect the company’s […]

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Raincoats From Potatoes

  Still on the plastic fashion theme, now you can have a stylish hooded poncho made from recycled potatoes. When you’re finished with it, you simply bury it in the ground and seeds contained in the fabric will grow into a new plant, according to an article in yesterday’s Austrian Times. The potato seeds are […]

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Glorious Glastonbury

Will Beacham, ICB European bureau chief, writes about his adventures at Glastonbury in Somerset, UK last weekend, Friday 26 to Sunday 28 June …   With the mud now removed from most of my clothes, I’m back in sunny Sutton’s ICIS office to share my experiences. Barbara only wanted the highlights of Bruce Springsteen from […]

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