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Mini Horse Overcomes the Odds with Help from Plastic Prosthesis

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Innovations in Plastics Contribute to Safety and Sustainability

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Plastics At Home

3 Surprising Ways to Keep Fruit and Vegetables Fresh Longer

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Eye “glasses”? Nah. Plastics help protect and improve our vision

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

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Innovative plastics in future cars
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Why Do We Innovate?

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Innovations in Medical Care Made Possible by Plastics

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Plastics Recycling

Can We Double Plastic Film Recycling by 2020?

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IOTW Plastics Robot Recycle

Innovation of the Week

Recycling gets a robotic boost

Robots that recycle? Yup, and it’s name is Clarke. A robotics company designs systems for recycling facilities to more safely/effectively separate recyclables...e.g., plastics.

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IOTW Recycling Plastic Sign

Innovation of the Week

Yup, we can recycle that.

Hard to recycle electronics and textiles? Not for this award winning company that recycles these post-use plastics into tough, composite plastic traffic signs and flooring.

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Fashion Recycled Plastic IOTW

Innovation of the Week

Plastics + recycling = fashion

VOGUE says “recycled plastic is artfully repurposed as workwear” in renowned fashion designer's @31philliplim latest collection. We say: Bravo! And recycle more plastics!

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IOTW FENG plastics innovation

Innovation of the Week

What’s a FENG?

It’s a microphone. A loudspeaker. A noise-cancelling device. A voice recognizer. And it generates energy from human motion. All on an ultra-thin sheet of plastics. Check out “FENG.”

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Woman Changing a Flat Tire

Innovation of the Week

Get rid of the tire pump…

No more flat tires? Companies now make tires that need no air, made with a combo of tough flexible & inflexible plastics. Already in use on lawnmowers & golf carts. Next: bikes … then cars?

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Plastics to Fuel - Innovation of the Week

Innovation of the Week

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

Innovation of the Week

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

Innovation of the Week

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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