The UN Environment Programme introduces us to Nzambi Matee, a materials engineer based in Kenya, whose business Gjenge Makers creates low-cost construction materials. By heating and compressing waste plastic and sand, they form durable blocks which weigh half that of traditional clay bricks.
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While we all know that plastic drinking straws are bad for the environment, it’s also true they’re good for making art. YouTuber Imaginative Guy shows off his crafting skills by turning a bendy green straw into a very convincing grasshopper fishing lure. He also made a shrimp using the same technique.
Thanks to their rectangular shape, Memobottles fit more efficiently inside of bags, and also won’t roll around. They’re made from BPA-free Tritan plastic and are safe to use with hot water, in the freezer, or in the dishwasher. Available in 6oz., 12oz., 15oz., and 25oz. sizes.
Never smash a finger again when hammering in nails. These safety pliers have unique grooves designed for steadying various nail sizes, so you can get them started without having to hold them between your fingertips. They’re made from sturdy plastic and lay flat against either horizontal or vertical surfaces.
A few years back, maker Peter Brown created a set of coasters that he cast from bubble wrap. He’s decided to revisit the project now that he’s got more experience with resin, and the new ones look even more frustratingly realistic than the originals – at least before he added the colored resin.
This omnipresent stackable chair is known as a “Monobloc,” and it can be found everywhere from suburban backyards to major tourist attractions. What is it about this mundane, yet functional piece of molded plastic that made it so wildly popular? Neo digs into this so-called “context-free object.”
We love the look of Geeki Tikis’ ceramic tiki tumblers, but if you’d prefer something more kid-friendly and portable, check out these versions that are made from BPA-free plastic. They feature the same awesome designs, but are far less fragile, and have a screw-on top with a reusable straw. Not dishwasher or microwave safe.
In the early 1900s, electricity was about to take the world by storm. But live wires couldn’t safely be used without insulation. Resin harvested from insects worked, but was too expensive to harvest. Necessity being the mother of invention, it drove chemist Leo Baekeland to develop what would become the world’s first plastic.
These split-compartment bowls are perfect for separating individual portions of chips and dips, snacks and sauces, nuts and shells, and more. They’re made from BPA-free high-density polyethylene, are dishwasher- and microwave-safe, and sold in sets of four or six colorful bowls.
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