INNOVATIONS BLOG

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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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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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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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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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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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

Have you heard of Sous Vide?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Dec 11, 2017 11:34:49 AM

We keep hearing about it. Celebrity chefs are embracing it. The New York Times has written multiple articles about it. Even Starbucks has joined the trend. It’s sous vide.

But just what the heck is it? For those of you not yet versed in the magic of sous vide, let Professor Plastics briefly explain. Simply put, the sous vide cooking method heats foods “under vacuum” (yup, it’s French) in a water bath at much lower temperatures than normal cooking requires. No browning, no boiling, no burning. And little possibility of overcooking. The results can be sublime. Meltingly tender short ribs. Perfectly flaky fish infused with herbs. Veggies transformed into mouthwatering… well, you get the idea.

And being Professor Plastics, here’s my favorite part: plastics help make sous vide possible. Before immersing your chuck roast or spring vegetable medley into the water bath, you simply insert it into a plastic vacuum bag or zipper bag to remove most air and prevent contact with the water. Then the sous vide device (typically) attaches to the inside of your cooking pot and gently heats the water, usually to the mid 100 degrees Fahrenheit range, for a specified period of time.

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Products Made From Trash Collected From The Streets In Haiti...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Nov 30, 2017 10:08:41 AM

The collaboration with recycling organization Thread means you could wear shoes that used to be plastic bottles.  A new backpack started life as 7.5 plastic bottles trashed on streets in Haiti. The backpack–part of a new line of boots, bags, and t-shirts made by Timberland–looks like it’s made from canvas. But the material is 50% recycled plastic, sourced from a place that both has excess trash and a desperate need for jobs. “It just so happens that we have this enormous resource that exists, and it just seems to be locked up in some of the toughest parts of the world,” Ian Rosenberger, CEO of Thread, the certified B Corporation that creates the fabric used in the collection, tells Co.Exist.

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Flexible Polyurethane Tires...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Nov 13, 2017 10:52:14 AM

When it comes to tires, there are generally three things to consider—size, tread life and tire pressure. Once you've figured out the proper size needed and your new rubber has been mounted, keeping an eye on treadwear and tire pressure is a must for as long as the tire is on your vehicle. But what if you didn't have to think about under-inflating or over-inflating those brand new Pilot Sport 4S tires? Not only does Bridgestone think it's possible, it's actually doing something about it.

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Way to go Lego!

Posted by NOVATION Staff on May 22, 2017 11:00:36 AM

Lego hits 100 percent renewable energy target...

Danish toy making giant Lego A/S says it has hit its goal of having 100 percent of its energy coming from renewable sources, just four years after it began its investment in the effort.

The project, which included a 6 billion Danish krone ($902 million) investment in two offshore wind farms, hit Lego's target three years ahead of schedule, the company said in a May 17 news release. Lego purchased a 25 percent stake in the Burbo Bank Extension wind farm off the coast of Liverpool, England, in the United Kingdom.

The wind farm officially opened May 1, and will generate clean power for more than 230,000 British households.To mark the occasion, Lego built “the largest ever” Lego brick wind turbine and challenged children around the world to create their own renewable energy solutions.

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