Innovation of the Week
Professor Plastic loves to share new innovations in plastics that contribute to sustainability, safety, longer lives and better performance. That's why she's been collecting her favorite plastics innovations for more than four years running.
Choose an Innovation of the Week to learn more.
- 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. Learn More
- No need for air conditioning? February 17, 2017- 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. Learn More
- Comfy, cozy recycled plastic blankets February 10, 2017- Snuggle up under... plastic bottles? A major airline uses blankets made from 100% recycled plastic bottles that are cleaned, melted, spun into thread, and woven into soft fabric. Learn More
- Plastics don’t belong in our oceans February 3, 2017- Fight marine litter! Companies are reducing marine litter by using plastics collected from our oceans. For example, Adidas new swimwear is made from ocean plastics & used fishing nets. Learn More
- Save food, save resources January 27, 2017- Fight food waste! Innovations in plastic vacuum packaging help prevent spoiled food, saving precious resources. As The Economist puts it: “Vacuum packaging helps enormously.” Learn More
- Advanced plastic composites = more comfortable flight January 20, 2017- The end of jet lag? Modern planes made with carbon fiber-reinforced plastics allow lower cabin pressure, more humidity – designed for big improvements in passenger comfort. Learn More
- Plastics + cars = safety January 13, 2017- Plastics absorb crash energy in our cars. This three-wheel vehicle made mostly of tough/cushioning plastics rolled 4 times after a crash. The driver and vehicle? Scratched up but fine. Learn More
- Plastic skin that can feel and heal January 6, 2017- Prosthetics that can feel? A chemical engineer at Stanford is creating plastic skin designed to help people who’ve lost limbs recover their sense of touch…and heal itself when cut. Learn More