Biodegradable vs. Bioplastics: What’s the Difference?

Plastic that breaks down in weeks rather than centuries sounds fantastic. As concerns over plastic waste mount, the biodegradable plastics industry is growing rapidly coming up with all sorts of alternatives. However, it’s not as simple as simply throwing these new plastics in your backyard and letting nature take its course. By now, no one [...]

 

Plastic that breaks down in weeks rather than centuries sounds fantastic. As concerns over plastic waste mount, the biodegradable plastics industry is growing rapidly coming up with all sorts of alternatives. However, it’s not as simple as simply throwing these new plastics in your backyard and letting nature take its course. By now, no one denies that humanity has a plastic problem on our hands. At FP International, we think about this issue often, keeping innovation and sustainability at the...
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What 8 Different Social Media Platforms Can Do for Y...

When it comes to making the most out of your business, reach for the most obvious of things: social media. Each platform has a unique way to help your brand grow and reach your customers. 
  INTRODUCTION Social media platforms have become more than just a way to keep in contact with your family and friends. These platforms have evolved into something that can make or break your company. With social media platforms, you are able to target your exact audience and customer base with just a few clicks. However, it’s important to know that not all platforms are created equal! Each platform has something unique and special that differs from all the others. These...
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Meet the Enzyme That Eats Plastic

A mutant enzyme, created accidentally by scientists, eats up plastic waste, potentially helping to solve the planet’s growing plastic problem. Sounds like the stuff of science fiction, right? 

Yet it’s exactly what happened at a waste dump in Japan. In 2016, after spending five years searching through piles of waste, Japanese researchers discovered a strain of bacteria that naturally evolved to eat away at one of the most common plastics in the world: polyethylene terephthalate, also known as PET or polyester.

A mutant enzyme, created accidentally by scientists, eats up plastic waste, potentially helping to solve the planet’s growing plastic problem. Sounds like the stuff of science fiction, right?  Yet it’s exactly what happened at a waste dump in Japan. In 2016, after spending five years searching through piles of waste, Japanese researchers discovered a strain of bacteria that naturally evolved to eat away at one of the most common plastics in the world: polyethylene terephthalate, also known as PET or...
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Social media: What 7 different platforms can do for ...

Social media platforms have become more than just a way to keep in contact with your family and friends. These platforms have evolved into something that can make or break your company. With social media, you can target your exact audience and customer base with just a few clicks. However, not all platforms are created [...]

 

Social media platforms have become more than just a way to keep in contact with your family and friends. These platforms have evolved into something that can make or break your company. With social media, you can target your exact audience and customer base with just a few clicks. However, not all platforms are created equal! Take a look below and read up on what platforms may be the best for you and your company. 1. Facebook Facebook is probably...
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Your Time in the Sun: A Brief History of Solar Power

UPS does more than just pack and ship your precious goods. The popular logistics company has announced plans to continue with their commitment to sustainability and using alternative energy by investing nearly $18 million dollars in solar power across eight of their facilities in the United States. But why is such a move making headlines. More [...]

UPS does more than just pack and ship your precious goods. The popular logistics company has announced plans to continue with their commitment to sustainability and using alternative energy by investing nearly $18 million dollars in solar power across eight of their facilities in the United States. But why is such a move making headlines. More importantly, what can you do to take advantage of the same perks UPS now enjoys? Solar energy is much more convenient than you might think....
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What Automated Stores Mean for Mobile Marketing

While digital retailing continues to encroach on physical retail’s territory, face-to-face shopping is not going down without a fight. Just as traditional business models must account for new technology and trends favoring automation, the processes that support those models such as mobile marketing must adapt to the times. Physical Retailing for Introverts Earlier this past [...]

While digital retailing continues to encroach on physical retail’s territory, face-to-face shopping is not going down without a fight. Just as traditional business models must account for new technology and trends favoring automation, the processes that support those models such as mobile marketing must adapt to the times. Physical Retailing for Introverts Earlier this past January, Amazon opened its first Amazon Go automated store in Seattle, Washington. In case you are unfamiliar with the concept, an automated store is exactly...
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Will Packaging Robots Make Humans Obsolete?

Since the dawn of automation, the media has been there to strike fear into the hearts of employees everywhere with claims that robots could take their job at any time. But how accurate are these claims? What does automation mean for the packaging industry - and for jobs currently filled by human beings? You've seen [...]

Since the dawn of automation, the media has been there to strike fear into the hearts of employees everywhere with claims that robots could take their job at any time. But how accurate are these claims? What does automation mean for the packaging industry – and for jobs currently filled by human beings? You’ve seen the stories from Fortune Magazine, The New York Times, and CNN with headlines like “Robots could take over 38% of U.S. jobs within 15 years.”...
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A New Age of Food Production

Though food packaging waste is an issue in and of itself, the waste of the food inside is another problem entirely. Fed up with the misuse of land, energy, water, logistics, and packaging that goes into wasted food, some farmers are coming up with creative solutions to feed the world’s people instead of its landfills. [...]

 

Though food packaging waste is an issue in and of itself, the waste of the food inside is another problem entirely. Fed up with the misuse of land, energy, water, logistics, and packaging that goes into wasted food, some farmers are coming up with creative solutions to feed the world’s people instead of its landfills. Food waste is a massive problem in the United States and around the world. 40% of all food grown in the U.S. is wasted. Overall,...
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The Houses Have Ears: Google Assistant Enters Applia...

Google's digital assistant is evolving beyond your phone. In the near future, your entire home could operate as a web of A.I. communication points. The technology is advancing, but is it wise to give devices that are always on more access to our daily lives? Imagine a life surrounded by robots; in a way, we’re [...]

 

Google’s digital assistant is evolving beyond your phone. In the near future, your entire home could operate as a web of A.I. communication points. The technology is advancing, but is it wise to give devices that are always on more access to our daily lives? Imagine a life surrounded by robots; in a way, we’re already there. Most of us spend a significant amount of time between our computers, televisions, and smartphones in front of one screen or another. Our...
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Produce that Produces: The Effect of Digital Marketi...

There’s not much difference from one orange to another. Nevertheless, today’s consumers are inundated with options when shopping for ingredients for their next meal. It’s no longer enough for a grocery store to simply exist; to be successful, they need to convince potential customers that their produce is in some way superior to the selection [...]

There’s not much difference from one orange to another. Nevertheless, today’s consumers are inundated with options when shopping for ingredients for their next meal. It’s no longer enough for a grocery store to simply exist; to be successful, they need to convince potential customers that their produce is in some way superior to the selection offered across the street. As competition has evolved, so have the tools necessary to keep customers coming through the door. Dancing, sign-waving employees in banana...
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What is Microwave-Assisted Thermal Sterilization?

Microwave-assisted thermal sterilization (MAT) was developed initially as an alternative food preparation method for combat zones. Now, demand for this five-year-old technology has expanded beyond the battlefield. All humans must eat. In the 21st century, a huge amount of advanced technology exists with the sole purpose of feeding us. However, it’s unlikely that you will [...]

 

Microwave-assisted thermal sterilization (MAT) was developed initially as an alternative food preparation method for combat zones. Now, demand for this five-year-old technology has expanded beyond the battlefield. All humans must eat. In the 21st century, a huge amount of advanced technology exists with the sole purpose of feeding us. However, it’s unlikely that you will find a refrigerator or oven in the middle of a warzone. Typically, sending food over long distances with minimal temperature control requires large amounts of...
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Virtual Reality Used to Alleviate Pain and Anxiety

While debate rages on in the video gaming community to decide whether virtual reality is a novelty or the next step in the evolution of the industry, a different approach to VR has quietly been growing since the 1990s. Researchers believe that virtual reality is the next step in reducing medical patients' pain and anxiety. [...]

While debate rages on in the video gaming community to decide whether virtual reality is a novelty or the next step in the evolution of the industry, a different approach to VR has quietly been growing since the 1990s. Researchers believe that virtual reality is the next step in reducing medical patients’ pain and anxiety. For some patients, there is little recourse beyond painkillers to endure the procedures essential to their recovery. Alternatives to medication may seem like a fantasy,...
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