In 2019 an expedition that descended to the Mariana Trench, the deepest area in the world's oceans, found a plastic bag and sweet wrappers at the bottom of the Trench. bbc.com/news/science-enviโ€ฆ
The inventor of plastic bags, Sten Gustaf Thulindid, didn't believe in single-use plastics. he carried a plastic bag in his pocket and used it over and over again. independent.co.uk/environโ€ฆ
Water striders (pond skaters) are not just found in freshwater, but are the only insects that have successfully adapted to the open ocean. Increased floating plastics, has given ocean going pond skaters more nesting surface which could cause a disruption to the oceanic food chain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halโ€ฆ
Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled theguardian.com/environmeโ€ฆ
Thereโ€™s no plastic used in plastic surgery. The term comes from the Greek word โ€œplastikusโ€ which means โ€œto formโ€ or โ€œto moldโ€. royalfree.nhs.uk/servicesโ€ฆ
Traditionally bubblegums are made using tree resins, today most bubblegums are made from synthetic materials, such plastic and rubber. youtube.com/watch?v=2kttVโ€ฆ
london based innovative start-up called Skipping Rocks Lab, a group of researchers and business developers whose aim is to make product packaging obsolete โ€œOohoโ€- A sustainable water bottle you can eat and drink declares war on plastic bottles interestingengineering.coโ€ฆ
Today I learned about "The Cube", an all-plastic, fan-less, button-less computer revealed by Apple on July 19th, 2000. Steve Job's focus on aesthetics resulted in a computer that looked good but that consumers couldn't afford, and it was retracted less than a year later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powโ€ฆ
Most Modern Chewing Gums, are made from polyethylene and polyvinyl acetate. Plastic Polymers that are commonly used to create Grocery Bags, & Plastic Bottles. These ingredients are considered Trade Secrets & are generally listed in the Ingredients under the description 'Gum Base.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheโ€ฆ
The "air" puffing-up most potato chips bags is actually not air. It's nitrogen. Chemical reactions with regular air would hurt the taste. Also, typical snacks bags are a high-tech sandwich of polypropylene, a possible thin coating of aluminum, and polyethylene (grocery-bag plastic). npr.org/sections/thesalt/โ€ฆ
The original Mr. Potato Head didn't come with a plastic body. The pieces were meant to be put into an actual potato. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.โ€ฆ
Scientists trained bumblebees to pull strings for food; they pulled strings to bring discs with sugar water out from under a plastic sheet. Over 60% of other bees watching behind a clear wall knew to pull the string when it was their turn. sciencemag.org/news/2016/โ€ฆ
A type of interlocking brick were invented in the late 1930s (predating LEGO by a decade) called American Bricks by ELGO Plastics Company madeinchicagomuseum.com/sโ€ฆ
In 1937 Fred Morrison got inspiration to create a plastic flying disc after initially throwing a pie pan from the Frisbie Pie Company. Twenty years later, the disc was named a Frisbee, as a nod to the pie company. atlasobscura.com/articlesโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Artur Fischer, a German soldier who survived Stalingrad on the last plane out. After the war, he went on to invent many ubiquitous items such as the synchronized camera flash and the plastic wall anchor, and held over 1100 patents before dying at age 96. nytimes.com/2016/02/09/buโ€ฆ
The earliest Rubik's Cube puzzle toys, as fabricated by Prof. Ernล‘ Rubik in a Hungarian college workspace, were made of wood. Reaching mass-production of the then-called Magic Cube began with a factory making plastic chessmen. Later, Ideal Toys made the fad-popular model: over 350 million sold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernโ€ฆ
Today I learned of a non-theistic religion called the Church of Body Modification which practises piercing, scarification, plastic surgery, firewalking, corsetry and fasting in order to live a spiritually complete life wikipedia.org/wiki/Churchโ€ฆ
Today I learned that some beer companies put a plastic ball in their cans to enhance the taste en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Widโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Arboform, a "liquid wood" that feels and biodegrades like wood but can be cast like plastic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbโ€ฆ
When Ziploc bag technology was first invented in the 1950's, it was too expensive to use for plastic bags, so its first application was in briefcases en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zipโ€ฆ
Tortoise shells and tree resins are natural plastics gia.edu/doc/SP06A3.pdf
For a cloth bag to actually be sustainable and better for the environment, it has to be reused 131 times to break even with the plastic bags in terms of impact on environment in the process of making. (While plastic bags can also be reused but people just don't) stanfordmag.org/contents/โ€ฆ
Modern chewing/bubble gum base is made of plastics and rubbers youtu.be/2kttVyakHN4?t=28
Wrapping banana stems in plastic will slow down the ripening process eatthis.com/keep-bananas-โ€ฆ
Some commuters in Rome can now exchange plastic bottles for metro and bus tickets. The scheme started in 3 stations. One month after launching, 100,000 bottles had been exchanged. aawsat.com/english/home/aโ€ฆ
The average person swallows plastic equivalent to a credit card every week, due to micro plastics in our everyday lives telegraph.co.uk/science/2โ€ฆ
Legos last up to 1300 years, clogging up the earthโ€™s oceans. Along with garbage such as plastic bottles and bags, ocean surfaces contain more of these plastic particles than larval fish. In commercial fishing seas, fishing nets collect over 10,000 pieces of plastic in an average 5 minute tow. sciencedirect.com/scienceโ€ฆ
The original iPhoneโ€™s screen was supposed to be plastic. But Steve Jobs complained that he was getting scratches on his screen. So Corning glass made the screen glass. theverge.com/2019/7/9/206โ€ฆ
There's plastic at the bottom of Mariana Trench almost 11 kms under the ocean level youtu.be/LKXvdyNz6L8?t=80
Quebec engineering students invented a giant vacuum to clean up microplastics from beaches. At about 3 gallons/minute, it sucks sand into a tank which then separates particles by weight, so plastic can be filtered out. fastcompany.com/90366838/โ€ฆ
The man believed to be the richest drug lord of all time died while getting plastic surgery to alter his appearance. The two surgeons that performed the procedure were later found dead, encased in concrete inside steel drums, with their bodies showing signs of torture en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaโ€ฆ
Rhino horns, tortoise shells and amber are all types of plastics. sciencemuseum.org.uk/objeโ€ฆ
The Package Saver is the name of the little plastic table that goes into the middle of pizza boxes. eater.com/platform/amp/20โ€ฆ
A train company invented a way to ship oil without pipelines; bitumen is converted into a solid product and sealed in plastic made from recyclables. The pucks are designed to be transported in regular container cars by train and loaded onto cargo ships at coal terminals. They float too! cbc.ca/news/business/cn-rโ€ฆ
Plastic model cement work through a unique chemical process whereby the glue melts the two separate plastic surfaces. As the glue cures, the melted plastic solidifies into a single plastic membranous bond tangibleday.com/best-10-gโ€ฆ
Canada recycles just 9 per cent of its plastics with the rest dumped in landfill and incinerators or tossed away as litter, a new report shows. rco.on.ca/canada-recyclesโ€ฆ
Nitrate film is prone to severely decaying if not properly cared for. First, the image and the plastic begin to deteriorate, then the gelatin binder becomes soft and sticky. Eventually the film will adhere to itself to the point where the roll becomes a solid mass or "hockey puck." filmcare.org/vd_binder.phโ€ฆ
Hard hats are recommended to be replaced every 5 years, the webbing inside to be replaced every year, and they are recyclable as #2 plastic. (It's the first FAQ and last FAQ under head protection in the link) bullard.com/faq
When Victor Vescovo reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest trench in the world, he discovered a plastic bag and candy wrappers at 10,928 metres (35,849 ft.) below the surface, confirming that human-generated waste can pollute even the deepest parts of the ocean en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marโ€ฆ
Lunchables were created over 30 years ago because bologna was losing popularity. Their goal was to โ€œdream up something that was livelier than sliced, sandwich-ready meat sealed in plastic.โ€ theatlantic.com/family/arโ€ฆ
Plastic and petroleum were originally environmental saviours, because they eliminated the need to kill whales, elephants, turtles, and many other creatures for their materials. scientificamerican.com/arโ€ฆ
Wax Worms can eat and break down one of the most common plastics (polyethylene) into organic compounds. Wax worms are common insects which evolved to live in bee hives. nationalgeographic.com/neโ€ฆ
Approximately 140 million cellphones are discarded every year, which would equate to 2,100 metric tons of copper and 3.9 metric tons of gold, among other metals, plastics and glasses techwalla.com/articles/whโ€ฆ
Monobloc plastic chairs are so widely used in the world, because of this, they became 'context-free object' for academic studies. vice.com/en_us/article/bnโ€ฆ
Guitarist Ronnie Wood has had a plastic septum inserted in 1975, because he destroyed the natural one with cocaine use. nme.com/news/music/the-roโ€ฆ
Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled. theguardian.com/environmeโ€ฆ
Waste warriors, a group of volunteers in India has cleaned more than 200 tonnes of plastic waste from Himalayas dailypassengerr.com/2019/โ€ฆ
Most plastic soda bottle tops are designed to save materials by using gapped thread standard called PCO 1881 published by the International Society of Beverage Technologists. bevtech.org/assets/Commitโ€ฆ
Modern chewing gum is made from plastic and rubber youtube.com/watch?v=2kttVโ€ฆ
Big name chewing gum is made up of rubber and plastics sciencefocus.com/science/โ€ฆ
Mr. Potato Head was originally sold as just an assortment of facial features and accessories without a body, and it was up to the consumer to stick them in an actual potato. After complaints of rotting vegetables and new safety regulations, a plastic potato body was eventually included. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.โ€ฆ
Milk Protein (Casein) can be used to to make plastic. galalith & lanital being two types and experiments are continuing to find more uses for it in building & products. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casโ€ฆ
There's a floating island called "Spiral Island" in Mexico that was destroyed by Hurricane Emily in 2005. It was rebuilt in 2008, and is made of plastic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiโ€ฆ
Old school talk box toys were powered by a plastic "vinyl" on a minute turntable youtu.be/qdgnlQtbgUg?t=14โ€ฆ
The name, Plastic Surgery, has nothing to do with the material and comes from the Greek word plastike (ฯ€ฮปฮฑฯƒฯ„ฮนฮบฮฎ) which means the art of modelling. britannica.com/science/plโ€ฆ
For 20 years, the wooden pieces for every Scrabble set in North America were manufactured in Fairfax, Vermont. FYI, in the US, the standard Scrabble sets had wooden tiles, and the deluxe ones had plastic, but in Europe, it was the other way around. vtdigger.org/2019/12/26/tโ€ฆ
The official city bird of Madison, Wisconsin is the pink plastic lawn flamingo latimesblogs.latimes.com/โ€ฆ
Plastic was invented in 1907. Since 1950, humanity has produced 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste; 9% of it is recycled, 12% is incinerated, 79% ends up in a landfill or in the environment. Majority of the world's plastic waste from the developed world is exported to Southeast Asia. visualcapitalist.com/mappโ€ฆ
Bubble wrap was originally invented to be wallpaper. The creators tried to make plastic wallpaper with a paper backing, but it came out with plastic backing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubโ€ฆ
A doctor who was accused of sexual assault managed to beat three DNA tests by implanting a plastic tube filled with another man's blood in his arm. A more comprehensive test using hair and saliva samples resulted in a match. He was eventually convicted, jailed, and deported. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johโ€ฆ
[] in the Vietnam War, U.S soldiers would eat C-4 Plastic Explosives to get high, and to also fake illness to be granted sick-leave en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-4โ€ฆ
Superglue was more or less invented by accident in 1942, in an attempt to develop plastic gun sights for the war effort. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyaโ€ฆ
The โ€œgum baseโ€ listed as an ingredient in most chewing gum is a mixture of synthetic rubbers and plastics. Depending on the type, this makes up between 15% and 30% of the gum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gumโ€ฆ
In 2014 the beard of the Golden Mask of Tutankhamun fell off as it was cleaned by Museum employees, trying to cover up their mistake they tried to glue it back on with quick-dry plastic glue, leaving it off-center. This was later noticed and the employees got charged with "reckless destruction". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masโ€ฆ
A major breakthrough towards the invention of plastics was achieved due to a surge in the popularity of billiard, prompting producers of billiard balls to offer a reward of 10000$ to anyone who could come up with a viable alternative to ivory (which the balls were hitherto made of...) sciencehistory.org/distilโ€ฆ
The band Novo Amor spent over 35 hours of free diving and a real sculpted whale made out of plastic waste for their music video "Birthplace" youtube.com/watch?v=FjtjXโ€ฆ
The term "plastic surgery" was coined in 1839, 70 years before plastic was even invented. It comes from the Greek word "plastikฤ“" which means "sculpting" and has nothing to do with plastic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plaโ€ฆ
In 2001 India started building roads that hold together using polymer glues made from shredded plastic wastes. These plastic roads have developed no potholes and cracks after years of use, and they are cheaper to build. As of 2016, there are more than 21,000 miles of plastic roads. theguardian.com/sustainabโ€ฆ
When the University of Vermont banned plastic water bottles the use of single use bottles actually went up six percent. npr.org/2015/10/14/448697โ€ฆ
Butanone, an industrial solvent, is also used as model cement for plastic models. However, instead of "gluing" the pieces together, it welds them together by melting the plastic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butโ€ฆ
The FDAโ€™s guidance documents for additives & plastic safety do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities. Instead, guidances describe the Agencyโ€™s current thinking on a topic and should be viewed only as recommendations, unless specific regulatory or statutory requirements are cited. fda.gov/regulatory-informโ€ฆ
British-made A.D.E. 651 advertised as a foolproof bomb detector. Tens of millions of dollarsโ€™ worth were bought by Baghdad military. They turned out to be pieces of plastic with antennae glued on at the end and their batteries were business cards with the word C4 markered on them. vanityfair.com/news/2015/โ€ฆ
Polypropylene can reach a higher maximum temperature than any other plastic alansfactoryoutlet.com/7-โ€ฆ
(the hard way) that heating your coffee in the microwave on extra high, and then stirring with a plastic spoon will make the coffee violently boil. mcgill.ca/oss/article/youโ€ฆ
Residents in Surabaya, Indonesia can pay for the bus with plastic waste instead of money. Paying with plastic will grant you with 2 hours of travel. The aim is to reduce plastic waste whilst getting more people to use public transport, thus lowering the number of cars on the road. asiancorrespondent.com/20โ€ฆ
The oldest plastic surgery was in Egypt, dated to the Old Kingdom from 3000 to 2500 BC and reconstructive surgery techniques were being carried out in India by 800 BC. The Romans were able to perform plastic cosmetic surgery, such as repairing damaged ears, from around the 1st century BC. wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastiโ€ฆ
ISS astronauts wax poetic about every aspect of the experience, except for the toilet, which uses a fan to whisk away excrement and has to be hand-packed as it starts getting full, then sealed in a plastic bag to await the next space trash day. businessinsider.com.au/hoโ€ฆ
Allen Iverson, besides his superstar spending habits, did not trust ANY Bank and kept his money in plastic garbage bags in rooms in his house. homeofplaymakers.com/busiโ€ฆ
The first synthetic plastic was invented as a submission in a $10,000 award contest to find a replacement for ivory in the manufacture of billiard balls. billiards.com/article/bilโ€ฆ
Humans have consumed 9.2b tons of plastic. Out of it, 6 billion will never meet a recycling bin, and thereโ€™s no infrastructure to deal with it. Thatโ€™s equivalent to the weight of one billion elephants. lemonade.com/blog/the-plaโ€ฆ
Analysis of the world's most popular bottled water brands found that 90% of bottled water contains microplastics (tiny pieces of plastic) theguardian.com/environmeโ€ฆ
Almost all plastics have โ€œestrogenic activityโ€, creating disruptions in hormones. This includes BPA and BPA-free claiming products ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artiโ€ฆ
Africa leads the world in plastic bag regulations, with 34 countries adopting taxes or bans. Kenyaโ€™s penalties are the worldโ€™s most punitive, facing up to $38,000 in fines or four years in prison. nationalgeographic.com/enโ€ฆ
Astronaut urine was collected in a receptacle that attached to the body with a condom-like pouch that came in โ€œsmall,โ€ โ€œmedium,โ€ or โ€œlarge.โ€ For bowel movements, the astronaut would first tape a plastic bag to his buttocks. After, he would seal the bag, then mix a liquid bactericide with it airspacemag.com/space/in-โ€ฆ
PlasticBank is a charity that aims to reduce plastic waste in poor areas by paying for waste plastic to be recycled, killing two birds with one stone. plasticbank.com/
Sea salt around the world is contaminated with plastic. Microplastics were found in salt from the UK, France, Spain, China and USA. The plastic mainly comes from water bottles. theguardian.com/environmeโ€ฆ
The NES Hot Seat, an accessory by Power To The 10th Inc in 1990, released in the Midwest US, and available for sale or rent. It was a plastic chair with an attached, modified Quickjoy Ni-5 joystick, that allowed rudimentary motion control by tilting the chair. They went out of business in 1992. youtube.com/watch?v=fvws5โ€ฆ
The hydrochloric acid in the stomach's digestive juices can dissolve metal but plastic toys that go down the hatch will come out the other end as good as new. discovermagazine.com/2009โ€ฆ
A farmer named Tony Dighera developed a plastic mold to put over his pumpkins so that they grow into the face of Frankenstein. Known as "Pumpkinsteins", it took him 4 years, 27 varieties of pumpkin and $400,000 to perfect his idea. nytimes.com/2014/10/13/usโ€ฆ
Snake Eyes, one of the 16 original G.I. Joe action figures, was designed to save Hasbro money. As a ninja, the character was completely molded from black plastic, even given a mask to prevent detailing a face. The figure wasn't even painted, but became one of the most popular G.I. Joe figures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snaโ€ฆ
The wax in paper cups is actually a plastic called Polyethylene or PE, the most commonly used plastic in the world and is practically non-recyclable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papโ€ฆ
Most Canadian milk coming in plastic bags is a holdover from (1) the conversion to the metric system in the 1970s and (2) stricter environment regulation on disposal containers. cbc.ca/radio/costoflivingโ€ฆ
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch contains around 80 million kg of floating plastic debris of various size and shape, principally made of Polyethylene and Polypropylene, accumulated in an area 3 times the size of continental France. theoceancleanup.com/updatโ€ฆ
Adidas are making shoes from recycled ocean plastic and in 2017 sold 1,000,000+ pairs of these shoes. Each pair of shoes takes 11 plastic bottles to create cnbc.com/amp/2018/03/14/aโ€ฆ
Terrence Howard thinks 1x1 = 2, has a secret system called 'Terryology' and spends 17 hours a day making nameless plastic structures independent.co.uk/news/peโ€ฆ
In 1991, the little plastic ball in cans of Guinness won the Queens Award for Technological Advancement, beating the Internet and Email. popsci.com/scitech/articlโ€ฆ
Those plastic rings that hold 6-packs together, that we have so many images of wildlife being caught in, have been mandated by EPA since 1994 to be degradable. nationalgeographic.com/enโ€ฆ
You can make plastic from milk, vinegar, and formaldehyde brave-the-elements.com/20โ€ฆ
There is a mushroom species that can break down plastic. futurism.com/researchers-โ€ฆ
Wax worms can eat and break down one of the most common plastics, polyethylene. Their digestive process breaks the plastic's chemical bond, producing an organic compound. researchgate.net/blog/posโ€ฆ

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