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Turning Ocean Plastic Into Clothing...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Apr 19, 2018 9:20:59 AM

Have you heard of Upcycled clothing...? Well, it's a new trend taking the clothing industry by storm. Companies are jumping at the bit to take plastic trash from the ocean and turning it into shirts!

A Stockholm-based fashion brand, Grant, has launched a new "Beacons Project," consisting of creating a new line of shirts made using upcycled plastic salvaged from the ocean by fishermen in the Mediterranean. The initiative will see them partner with Seaqual, a fiber brand that upcycles plastics collected from the sea to make a polyester filament.

Through their Beacons Project they are launching an entirely new process of creating products with a conscious, sustainable approach, which they will hopefully grow and evolve over time. "We're determined to take responsibility and to do our part to make our planet better because the ocean's business is everyone's business."

The shirts resulting from the initiative will span menswear and womenswear, with options for women including a "Bio Oxford Popover Shirt" featuring a flared sleeve, and a "Bio Chambray Shirt" in a button-down style. Men will also get a "Bio Chambray Shirt" with a box pleat, and a "Bio Indigo Chambray" made using only indigo dye. All shirts in the series will feature buttons and packaging made from recycled materials.

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Topics: Recycling Plastic

Recycled Plastics being used in hi-tech hollow, light, strong tables and benches…

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Apr 10, 2018 11:46:49 AM

Startup company Pentatonic has collaborated with Snarkitecture to create a collection of modular furniture made from recycled waste, including cans, computer parts and coffee cups. The collaboration between Berlin-based Pentatonic and New York studio Snarkitecture resulted in a furniture collection named Fractured, which includes a modular bench and table. Each item features a large crack down its centre, splitting the piece into two parts – which the brand likens to "a child's puzzle." Formed entirely of post-consumer waste, the making of each bench requires 240 plastic bottles, 45 aluminium drinks cans, 120 items of food packaging and four car bumpers.

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Topics: Innovative Ideas

Your Own Personal Island made from Plastic...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Apr 6, 2018 8:58:24 AM

Here is an interesting story about Richart Sowa alias “Rishi”. He made the impossible possible. Richart Sowa build himself a green island made of old plastic bottles at the beach of Mexico.

The beginning of a beautiful dream

It started on Richart Sowa’s balcony somewhere in Germany in 1977 with a simple drawing of an UFO. The funny thing is that he wasn’t an artist at all. He just moved with his family from Middlesbrough in England to Germany to work as carpenter for a company who builds kitchens. After a few years of non-creative work as carpenter he started to draw nature pictures for different customers. It seems that he sold quite view because he decided to quit his job to fully dedicate himself to art. Around this time his marriage went wrong till the day his wife left with the children back to England.

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Topics: Innovative Ideas

Would you stay in a pop up plastic bubble hotel room?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Apr 2, 2018 12:24:18 PM

Would you stay in a pop up hotel? Super lightweight plastic “bubble hotels” can go where others cannot… and with views like no others! The super lightweight and eco-friendly design of bubble hotels means they can be set up in places you may otherwise never get to spend the night. And they take the concept of “uninterrupted views” to a new extreme, providing a new and exciting way to go glamping.

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Topics: Innovative Ideas

40 Stories up... would you put your life in the hands of plastic?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Mar 22, 2018 10:44:12 AM

Access to a swimming pool is always a plus when you're hunting for the perfect new apartment. But what about a rooftop swimming pool that extends over the side of your building, 500 feet in the air, making swimmers feel like they're flying over the city? Market Square Tower, a luxury high-rise that opened in Houston in November 2016, boasts the tallest clear, cantilevered pool in the United States—and it's not for the faint of heart.

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Topics: Innovative Ideas

Creativity, Intuition, Usability... now that's Innovation!

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Mar 16, 2018 11:48:00 AM

Children with type-1 diabetes can administer insulin in a way that is both easy and fun, using this toolkit created by Mexican designer Renata Souza Luque

Presented during the   Design Indaba   conference in Cape Town this week, Thomy is an easy-to-carry kit containing a child-friendly insulin pen and a set of temporary tattoos, designed to make life easier for young people suffering with the medical condition.

Souza Luque, a product-design graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York, starting developing the project after her seven-year-old cousin Tomas was diagnosed.

Like around 80,000 children each year, he found himself in a situation where he had to inject himself with insulin as often as five times a days, to prevent the level of blood sugar in his body increasing to dangerous levels.

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Topics: Medical

Railroad Ties Made of... WHAT?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Mar 15, 2018 8:36:10 AM

For a decade, processors have pursued the vision of a bonanza in HDPE composite railroad ties. They dream about the annual replacement volume for wooden ties: In the U.S. alone, that amounts to 15 million ties, worth roughly $500 million. Marine pilings and bridge cladding use similar high-strength composites and have a comparably bullish outlook. The Army, Navy, and Coast Guard each have annual multi-million-dollar budgets to replace creo sote-treated wood pilings, and private shoreline owners have shown a willingness to pay more for longer-lasting composite docks, too.

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Topics: Innovative Ideas

Strengthening Concrete using Recycled Plastics...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Mar 12, 2018 12:55:21 PM

Discarded plastic bottles could one day be used to build stronger, more flexible concrete structures, from sidewalks and street barriers, to buildings and bridges, according to a new study.

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What's a bottle without it's signature... Snap?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Mar 1, 2018 11:45:00 AM

Changing the packaging of an iconic brand is always rife with challenges and risks. But the results of a recent packaging update for Snapple have yielded considerable benefits for the brand, according to R&D/Leverage USA (Lee’s Summit, MO).

Snapple single-serve premium teas and juice drinks are now available in a PET bottle designed in a collaborative effort between the Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS; Plano, TX) and R&D/Leverage, a packaging solutions provider and mold manufacturer. R&D/Leverage has a long history of working with DPS, so when the DPS product development team began looking for a way to make its Snapple bottle plastic while retaining everything that consumers know and love about the brand, it teamed with R&D/Leverage to develop the perfect solution.

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Topics: Innovative Ideas, Specialty Packaging

Guess Who's eliminating foam cups worldwide by 2020?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Feb 28, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Next up to eliminate expanded polystyrene (EPS) drink cups from its chain of fast-food restaurants is Dunkin’ Donuts. The company will eliminate all EPS foam cups in its global supply chain beginning this spring with a targeted completion date of 2020. In U.S. restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts will replace the foam cup with a new, double-walled paper cup. The majority of its restaurants in international markets are currently using paper cups, and the brand will work with its franchisees to eliminate foam cups from remaining international markets by the 2020 goal, said the company’s information.

Behind the effort to eliminate EPS foam cups was—you guessed it—As You Sow, an advocacy group that goes after plastics with a vengeance. It started a campaign several years ago to get Dunkin’ Donuts to replace EPS foam cups with another material, “as part of a larger dialogue on recycling beverage cups at its restaurant locations,” said a release from As You Sow.  As You Sow also noted, however, that it was surprised that Dunkin’ chose paper, as the company previously indicated that it “was leaning toward a polypropylene plastic cup as ‘currently the best available alternative to foam’ and [was] already using polypropylene in areas that had banned foam.”

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Topics: Specialty Packaging