Why Beer Isn't Sold in Plastic Bottles

Plastic as a material has pretty much changed the way we live our lives- it's cheap, can be moulded into practically any shape and is, for the most the part, easily recyclable (when people bother to). So why is it that we still use glass bottles and cans to store our beer in? Is it to do with aesthetics? Taste? Or is… » 9/01/14 10:00am 9/01/14 10:00am

Genius guy transforms plastic bottles into super strength plastic rope

Look, I have no idea what I'm going to do with super strength plastic rope either but oh my genius, this recycler's idea of turning plastic bottles into plastic rope is just brilliant. The video is perfect, he shows you the plastic rope, shows you what to do with it and then shows you how to make your own. I'm now… » 6/20/14 12:19am 6/20/14 12:19am

Why Those Little Plastic Microbeads in Your Soap Are So Bad

This week, Illinois became the first state in the country to ban exfoliating plastic beads. Good for Illinois. Plastic microbeads have been running off by the billions into the Great Lakes and the oceans, causing huge amounts of environmental damage. Yet most consumers didn't even realize they existed. » 6/15/14 10:46am 6/15/14 10:46am

Why Stepping On LEGO Hurts So Much

Right up there with how the gun on the original Duck Hunt game worked, why it hurts so much to step on a Lego brick is one of the questions we're asked the most, so it's high time we answered it. As anyone who's done it knows, stepping on a Lego block is something akin to being shot in the foot by a knife soaked in… » 6/11/14 5:45am 6/11/14 5:45am

There's a Whole New Type of Stone And It's Made From Our Plastic

Congratulations, humanity: After millennia of building cathedrals and toiling over great works of art and science, we've finally created something that will far outlast us. It's called Plastiglomerate, a stone made out of molten plastic, and yes, we should probably be ashamed of ourselves. » 6/10/14 10:20am 6/10/14 10:20am

Illinois Bans the Microbeads in Soap That Are Ruining the Great Lakes

Some years ago, soap companies began putting plastic exfoliating beads into body wash in hopes of greater profits and smoother skin. Since then, billions of plastic beads have polluted our waterways and poisoned fish. Illinois has become now the first state to take a stand against the beads. » 6/09/14 6:10pm 6/09/14 6:10pm

San Francisco Plans on Banning Plastic Water Bottles

San Francisco wants to cut its landfill waste down to absolute zero by 2020. While a city-wide plastic bag ban has been in effect for a few years, new legislation approved by the Board of Supervisors this week sets its sights on the bane of tap-water enthusiasts and thirsty environmentalists alike: Bay Area, say… » 3/06/14 2:00pm 3/06/14 2:00pm

Bees To Humans: We'll Make Hives Out Of Your Plastic Trash

It's hard to be a bee these days, what with the sinister—and still mysterious—Colony Collapse Disorder decimating millions of hives over the past decade. But a few highly resourceful Canadian species have started adapting new nesting techniques, using plain old everyday plastic garbage to build their homes. » 2/12/14 10:40am 2/12/14 10:40am

13 People Who Think the iPhone 5C Case Actually Looks Awesome

The iPhone 5C is colorful! The iPhone 5C is cute! The iPhone 5C also comes with a ridiculous case that looks like a cross between Connect Four, a cheese grater and Crocs. Hmm... maybe that's where Apple got the 'c' in 5C. Most people with eyes think the 5C case is just plain ugly. Some people might be even terrified… » 9/10/13 11:00pm 9/10/13 11:00pm

A Plastic iPhone Called The 5C May Really Be On Its Way

This image from Chinese blog WeiPhone looks like a bunch of Apple packaging in a bin. But folks it's so much more! Oh, no, actually that's exactly what it is. No one has been able to legitimize the photo yet, and it could just show some knockoff packaging, but the nomenclature makes sense at least. If the aluminum… » 7/28/13 4:38pm 7/28/13 4:38pm

Gold Nanoparticles Give Plastic Skin Life-Like Senses

Human skin may very well be one of the world's most impressive sensor arrays. Able to detect temperature, pressure, touch and pain simultaneously, your skin's sensory receptors feed you a constant data stream about the environment around you. Now, researchers have given much of that sensing ability to plastic e-skin. » 7/09/13 11:23am 7/09/13 11:23am

The Bomb-Proof Miracle Materials That Will Make the Future Safer

When a bomb explodes, you can't outmaneuver it; you probably can't even take cover quickly enough to protect yourself. Instead, you have to hope that there's something—anything—already in the way that can shield you from the blast. Here are five of the best future bomb-proof materials that could end up saving lives in… » 4/17/13 12:00pm 4/17/13 12:00pm