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Author Archives: Fran

Coffee to go

This is going to be a caffeine fuelled post and it’s not because I’ve been drinking espresso’s all afternoon. I am going to try and write about three coffee related items and show how they are linked to polystyrene. That would be enough to drive anyone to coffee, so we might as well make it [...]

Mac book packaging creates design highlight

Many people would agree, I think, that Apple creates products that are both functional and easy on the eye, whether it be the Iphone, Ipod or the latest aluminium chassis Mac Book. It’s not difficult to see as they pay attention to every detail, this extends as far as the packaging that the products comes [...]

Nevermind Transformers, the Styrobots are here!

The launch of the second Transformers film ‘Revenge of the fallen’ is upon us, starring Shia Lebeouf (Sam Witwicky) and Megan Fox (Mikaela Banes) and featuring a cast of computer-generated Autobots and Decepticons, which are giant transforming robots / machines. The Decepticons did attempt, in the original film, to take control of the earth but [...]

Going ape for Styrofoam bananas ??

The recession must be hitting hard in America as people are turning to desperate measures to make ends meet. But we can’t understand the logic behind this gorilla-suited woman stealing display bananas made from Styrofoam. No, it’s not an April fool prank but something very weird and unusual. (Via Fox11 online) So why would you [...]

Polystyrene protection at 180mph

Polystyrene or Styrofoam is often most recognisable when it is used as a packaging material, whether it be for fast food containers or moulded protective pieces around DVD players and other electrical goods. It is widely-used because it is lightweight, inexpensive and can act as a shock absorber and insulator. Some of these properties may [...]

A ‘Back to the Future’ solution for Polystyrene recycling.

Humankind: an amazing species that has evolved over millions of years from simple and humble beginnings into highly developed mammals. So how did we do it? Well one way is by using our senses to discover new foods, places, using tools and implements. Evolution, however, isn’t problem free e.g. poisonous mushrooms; how did we know [...]

Expanded polystyrene video on “How it’s made”

In an earlier post, many readers commented that they would like to see a video on how polystyrene is produced. Here we have insight into the whole process. I welcome any comments you may have after seeing the video. One of my first impressions, years ago, was surprise by the size of the moulded blocks [...]

Off the beaten track, to winning on the Racetrack.

This post has just a tenuous link to polystyrene and more to do with the interest I have in motorsport. So why include it then? Well, beside the small polystyrene connection, there are a couple of international good news stories and we have had very few of them recently. I think it would be safe [...]

Inflation and running a muck

We are not economic commentators or political pundits, as there are plenty of them around at the moment, but what we do know is that we need inflation – and large scale inflation at that. Well, we did for this particular project. Dena, from Kick Communications, approached us to create a giant phone for their [...]

The Berlin Wall, Dominos, and Styrofoam.

These aren’t the words that you have include in a sentence to win a holiday competition, although it could be a very worthwhile idea for travel companies providing city breaks to Berlin. The ‘Festival of Freedom‘ was recently launched to celebrate the 20th anniversary year of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Events are planned [...]