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So… Just What Does R-value Really Mean?

Most of us likely are familiar with the insulation term “R-value.” But I suspect many of us don’t know precisely what it means. Why Insulation R-value is Important This is an important topic. (And not just because Professor Plastics says so.) We use a lot of energy in our homes and buildings...

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Polyester: Not Just Your Father’s Leisure Suit

Remember the 1977 film “Saturday Night Fever”—disco music coupled with young dancers clothed in garish shades, bell-bottoms, wide lapels and shirt collars the size of hang gliders? Much of it made from polyester fabric. Fashion (thankfully) has changed a bit since then, and so have plastic fab...

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Plastics Chemistry: The Science of Plastics

Ever wonder how chemicals become plastics? It’s magic. Kidding … Actually, it’s science in action. Specifically, chemistry. Plastics are the result of the very real marriage of raw materials, engineering, and energy—all brought together through chemistry. Here’s a brief introduction to how...

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Shatter-Resistant Plastics in the Bathroom

Any idea what Izod impact is? Perhaps something to do with preppie shirts? Nah … Actually, it’s a test – a strength test for determining how “impact resistant” something is. In other words, it determines how hard you can whack something before it shatters or breaks. (Toddlers are particula...

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Get the Most Out of Your Holiday Leftovers with Plastics

We all love a great holiday dinner—and many of us love the holiday leftovers just as much. To make sure your extra turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce stay fresh and yummy, it’s important to store holiday leftovers properly. The right plastic containers and bags can help you m...

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The History of Plastic

It’s difficult to imagine modern life without plastics. Take a moment… Our cars (seat cushions, air bags, bumpers, dashboards…) Our fashion (nylon, spandex, polyester, faux fur…) Our homes (carpeting, foam insulation, vinyl siding, composite decking…) Our appliances (televisions, coffee ma...

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What are Plastics?

When you watch television, use a computer, ride in a bus, train, or plane, you are using plastics. When you go to the doctor’s office or hospital or shop at the grocery store, you again are relying on plastics. So where do plastics come from … and just what are they? Plastics are derived from ma...

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Plastic Packaging History: Innovations Through the Decades

From the invention of plastic in the late 1800s to the introduction of Tupperware® in the 1940s to the latest innovations in easy-dipping ketchup packets, plastics have played an integral role in smart packaging solutions that help us do more with less. Whether it’s your new electronic gadget,...

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