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

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Plastics Recycling

Can We Double Plastic Film Recycling by 2020?

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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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How Everyday Plastics Reduce Our Environmental Footprint

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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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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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IOTW Flats

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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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