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SABIC Vuvuzelas

The FIFA World Cup, the London 2012 Olympics and any big sporting event adding to the gaiety of nations can be boom-time for plastics and petrochemicals, the Blog is cheered to hear. Even the Vuvuzela craze has been an unexpected success story. SABIC has kindly sent this celebratory picture of HDPE vuvuzelas branded with the […]

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Cocaine & Acetone-made FIFA World Cup replica seized

A replica of the FIFA World Cup trophy, made of 11 kg cocaine mixed with acetone or gasoline, was seized at the international airport in Colombia, according to an article on CNN.   The 36 cm-tall statue was painted gold with green stripes on the base, but the paint was in such a ‘bad condition’ […]

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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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Sony’s Join the Team football made from Arkema elastomer

Sony is using one of Arkema’s patented elastomers to make extra durable footballs that will be given to African children during the World Cup.   The football is called “Join the Team!”   “The Arkema press release says that the new football has a double barrier, with one made of Pebax Rnew, which makes it 1.6 […]

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PET bottles make Nike’s World Cup shirts

The world’s star footballers at this summer’s World Cup in South Africa will be wearing shirts made of recycled PET.   Nike said on Thursday that nine teams including Brazil, Netherlands and Portugal would be wearing shirts made from recycled polyester from a Taiwanese supplier.   Each shirt would use up to eight plastic bottles, […]

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