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Guilty Pleasure: A Brief History of High Heels and Other Shoes

The right shoes can trigger a much needed mood shift on a blah day. Slide into animal print pumps to call forth a little attitude and confidence. Or lace up your favorite running shoes to channel your inner warrior. The shoes in your collection can be as varied as the roles you play from...

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From Burlap to Bikinis: A Women’s Swimwear Timeline

Did you know full-length women’s swimsuits in the early 1900s were made of wool burlap? Sounds kind of itchy. Fortunately, swimwear and fashion have advanced. Modern fabrics (mostly made with plastics) have helped make swimsuits more versatile, durable, and flattering, inspiring a number of...

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Plastics on Ice: How Plastics Advance Ice Hockey

Imagine ice skating in virtually any kind of weather. Thanks to innovations in plastics, it’s possible. You don’t need a frozen pond or a chilly outdoor rink. You now can skate on plastic “waterless ice” that never melts, indoors or outdoors—regardless of the season! How is it possible...

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What Protects our Protectors?

Previously published in Plastics Engineering and posted with permission from the Society of Plastics Engineers. What do the people who run into burning homes, battle devastating wildfires, brave raging floodwaters, and help stop epidemics have in common? The search and rescuers, firefighters, polic...

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A Look Back at the Plastics Make It Possible® Winter Games

Thought you were fast, a good shot, quick on a sled? Think again—its plastics that help you perform and stay safe when you’re playing outdoors. With excitement for the Winter Games mounting, we thought we’d look back on that time we went out to the Olympic Center in Park City Utah with ret...

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Wait … That’s Plastic? (Safety Edition)

7 things you might not know are made with plastics We all know bicycle helmets are made with shock absorbing plastics to help protect our noggin. But we also trust plastics with our lives in some perhaps more surprising ways. No plastics in “bullet-proof” glass and vests, right? Um… Quick...

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