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Plastics Play Starring Role in Elon Musk’s New Solar Roofs

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Plastics At Home

How Everyday Plastics Reduce Our Environmental Footprint

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Plastics Recycling

The Recycling Journey of a Plastic Bottle

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Wait…That’s Plastic? (Great Outdoors Edition)

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Plastics At Home

Does Plastic Food Packaging Benefit the Environment?

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Plastics Recycling

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Have We Entered the Era of Sous Vide?

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Rescued Dog Helps Spread the Word about Plastics

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Flats made with recycled plastic bottles

Vogue calls these flats “the most environmentally friendly shoes on the planet.” And “the cutest.” They’re 3-D knit with fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles—and recyclable.

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A new way to soak up oil spills?

Researchers have developed a plastic sponge that can soak up oil spills … then release the oil for use. The sponge can be reused multiple times and improves on existing cleanup methods.

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Scan + code + print = new kicks

San Diego company 3-D prints custom fit shoes, including size 28 for a young man with cerebral gigantism – using cushy, stretchy plastics/rubber. Company even recycles your old shoes.

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Print me a pair of sunglasses

Perfect fit? Now sunglasses can be custom fit based on a scan of your head, 3-D printing, and tough nylon and polycarbonate plastics. Plus they weigh as little as 5 gummy bears.

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Plastics don’t belong in the ocean

Keep our oceans clean! Companies help reduce marine litter by using plastics collected from our oceans. Norton Point’s recycled plastic sunglasses could make you look good & feel good.

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No need for air conditioning?

This is pretty cool. Researchers have created an inexpensive plastic film that can cool buildings without the use of air conditioning or a power source.

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