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Innovations in Medical Care Made Possible by Plastics

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The Future of Our Vehicles: “Advanced, Lighter Materials”

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Plastics Recycling

Can We Double Plastic Film Recycling by 2020?

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Plastics Recycling

The Recycling Journey of a Plastic Bottle

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Why Do We Innovate?

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Plastics At Home

How Everyday Plastics Reduce Our Environmental Footprint

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Recycled Plastic Lumber: Coming to a Park Near You

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Rescued Dog Helps Spread the Word about Plastics

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Plastics to Fuel - Innovation of the Week

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Plastics 2 fuel = energy saving

Dept. of Energy lab: converting non-recycled plastics into diesel fuel results in huge energy savings – up to 96 percent versus traditional fuel – & reduced greenhouse gases, water use.

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Sushi Innovation of the Week

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Hmmm. It doesn’t taste like sushi…

Wait ... that’s not real food? Highly skilled Japanese artists create intricate plastic replicas of sushi, pork cutlets, ice cream—even grains of rice—to advertise restaurant food.

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Prosthetic Hands IOTW

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The promise of prosthetics for kids

Kids lend a helping hand. Virginia six graders use a 3-D printer and plastics to make prosthetic hands for kids who need them.

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Tire Grass IOTW

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From grass to plastics to tires

Wait … most “rubber” is actually synthetic rubber made with plastics? Yup. Researchers just learned how to make synthetic rubber’s main ingredient (butadiene) out of grass and corn.

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IOTW Gas Station Truck

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Used plastics = diesel fuel?

A new microwave technology turns used plastics into diesel fuel for trucks. Could plastics that aren’t getting recycled today become a source for more sustainable energy production?

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IOTW agriculture film

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Grow food, recycle plastics, repeat …

Plastics recycling grows … along with your food. A recycler in California is collecting up to 100 million pounds of plastic film used for growing crops, turning it into reusable bags.

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IOTW Eggs Carton

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Celebrate recycled plastics!

Why are these eggs so happy? Because they were nestled in a carton made with 100% recycled plastics from used beverage bottles. Recycle more plastics! Check out the video.

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IOTW Highway Road

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Greener, leaner, stronger roads with used plastics

Why did this company win Richard Branson’s Virgin Voom award? Because it relies on used plastics to make roads greener, leaner (cheaper) and stronger (longer lasting), says company.

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