Feb 25, 2018No Comments

Cellulose-based polymer One of the first plastics was made from cellulose. In 1855 scientist Alexander Parkes created the first thermoplastic out of nitrocellulose and camphor.

Chitosan Bioplastic

Feb 18, 2018No Comments

Chitin-based biodegradable polymer Scientists at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a new biopolymer that mimics the toughness, durability, and flexibility

Fibonacci’s Mashrabiya

Jan 14, 2018No Comments

Fractal-based environmental screen Mashrabiya is an Arabic term for a type of bay window with carved wooden latticework. A traditional element of Arabic architecture, the


Oct 08, 2017No Comments

Variable vacuum-formed plastic Although vacuum-forming molds are typically costly, the parts they produce are relatively inexpensive due to the economy of mass production. Vacuum-formed thermoplastics

Landscapes Within

Sep 17, 2017No Comments

Hybrid plastic and wood furniture Landscapes Within is a collection of furniture that contains visible inclusions of natural materials, combining the traditional craft of basketry


Aug 13, 2017No Comments

Recycled HDPE vessels Plag represents designer Waël Seaiby’s noble effort to upcycle the disposable plastic bag. Approximately one million such bags are used each minute

Self-Healing PUU

Jul 30, 2017No Comments

Self-healing poly(urea-urethane) elastomer Self-healing plastics automatically restore themselves when damaged. These materials conventionally mend broken bonds with the aid of an external stimulus, such as


Jul 02, 2017No Comments

3D printed polyamide seat With the aid of 3D printing, designer Lilian van Daal’s Biomimicry chair represents a more sustainable alternative to the conventional furniture


Jun 04, 2017No Comments

Hexagonal thermoformed panels Hex thermoformed panels are fabricated from thermofoil molded to polyethylene. In conventional practice, thermofoil (a rigid plastic finish) is thermoformed to another


Dec 17, 2011No Comments

Polymeric seamless mesh Kaynemaile is a seamless mesh composed of polymer rings. The advantage of the Kaynemaile process is its ability to create multiple elements