Brazilian resin supplier Braskem has introduced an ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymer derived from sugarcane. The first application of the material is in flip-flop footwear developed by San Francisco-based Allbirds, which has attracted investment from Leonardo DiCaprio.
Architecture and design magazine Dezeen and Mini Living have teamed up to launch a competition to design the home of the future. That reminded me of another home of the future, circa 1957, at then 2-year-old Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.
The outstanding properties of PMMA have enabled the construction of massive aquariums, which have become some of the most popular attractions in the world. To prevent sudden, catastrophic failure, however, engineers need to have a thorough understanding of the material’s drawbacks.
An investigation by the UK-based NGO Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has revealed that China’s polyurethane foam processing sector continues to utilize significant levels of the blowing agent CFC-11, a potent ozone-depleting substance banned since 2010