Drowning in plastic: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is twice the size of France
In 1909 he patented a mouldable hard plastic that he called Bakelite ... Start counting things made of plastic and don't forget your buttons, the stretch in your underwear, the little caps on the end of your shoelaces. The stuff is absolutely ubiquitous ...
What are the plastic bits at the end of shoelaces called?
THIS is a classic example of the family of names for things you didn't know had a name (and ... While 'aglet' may be a correct term for the plastic bits on the ends of shoelaces, spare a thought for Dr. Wolfgang Flügle, of the University of Heidleberg ...
What’s That Thing? Tin Foil Box Edition
These little tabs are called end locks. Their appointed task is to hold the roll of foil or plastic ... their aluminum foil boxes until 1996. The explanatory text was added shortly after. So why don’t more consumers know about these wonderful things?
The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging
"But there is no such thing as the perfect plastic material," Brody says. So a lot of our packaging is made by combining different types of food-grade plastic. Potato Chip Bags Take a bag of potato chips. It's mostly made out of a plastic called oriented ...
It’s Not ‘The End of Men’—But They Are in Trouble
But perhaps it’s not the end of men at all—just the beginning of a newer, better version. There are a few things that happen when you attempt ... Even sperm seems to have become a matriarchy: at a company called MicroStart, which offers a yet-to ...