The IN-crowd: New Innovations in Plastic

We at Dennison Stretch Film strive to bring the very best stretch film to fulfil your needs, be they on-site requirements or something for your own projects. Furthermore, thanks to our on-site manufacturing plant, we can offer a unique quality guarantee on our stretch film. We value our customers, and therefore consider it our duty to keep up to date with some of the latest and ongoing innovations in our field.


One such group that shares our views is Design Innovation Plastics; the biggest student reward program in Europe. This organisation attracts the brightest minds from over 20 universities; all vying for recognition and possible placement with some of the leading figures in the Plastic Industry.


This year is no different, as the brave and bold come forward with the latest designs offering new applications for this wonderful multipurpose material. The panel of judges is still going over this year’s entries and they have one long job ahead of them, with over 280 students attending. We wish them all the very best of luck, and while we wait, we’ll go over some of the innovations that won over the past few years.


SafetyNet – Sustainable Trawling System

Grand prize winner in 2010, Dan Watson, impressed the entire judge board with his unexpected and refreshing redesign of typical trawling nets. Recent years have seen concerns arise over commercial fishing, and more specifically the current trawling tactics that have started to effect juvenile cod populations. After all, simple nets can’t discern between the older desired fish and the smaller, less developed young.


Simply tossing them back was proving ineffective – due to the scale of the trawling nets – and more studies emerged about complications; such as the impact on the sea bed. Dan Watson addressed this with his design for an efficient and economical trawling net. Developed with current materials in mind, his presentation showed great promise, with features like a new and improved plastic ‘escape ring’ that allows the safe passage of the smaller, unwanted juvenile cod while still entrapping the desired larger adults. Truly, this is a design for keeping our environment and fishing industry safe.


Project Sting – Disaster Relief

Chris Natt turned heads in 2013 with his rather dramatically named winning entry. His project was made in response to estimations from the World Health Organisation (WHO), who believe that re-using hypodermic needles annually causes 21 million hepatitis B infections, 2 million hepatitis C infections, and over 260,000 HIV/AIDs cases. Startlingly, they calculated that a possible 5% of new HIV infections in developing countries may be attributed to unsafe health care.


Naturally, this won’t do. To help, Natt has created an economical answer, made of widely affordable sterile plastics and utilising an ingenious but simple idea. “Sting” is a tamper-proof cartridge-based syringe. The needle and contents are completely detached after use, allowing for proper disposal, and then a new cartridge is attached to the remaining fixture. Furthermore, once it’s been used the aforementioned cartridge cannot be refitted into the design, which prevents re-use of the needle. Thanks to its modular design, this may well prove to be an affordable and effective alternative for disaster response groups around the world.


Dots – Designs for Learning

Last year’s winner, Michael Tougher, entered 2014 with the idea of helping budding minds explore and learn in exciting new ways. His issue was that he often found conventional methods of teaching music rather formulaic, and seemingly prone to punishing exploration. For example, he studied children and adults alike, namely the more musically “illiterate”, and confronted them with a normal piano.



Like many others, they simply dabbled with the white keys with no clear sense of direction; some other keys were left utterly untouched and unexplored. This was an issue; the common keyboard or sheet of music was a mystery to those who had not studied it. The keys seemed all the same to most, with no clear indication of which key produced which note, thus thoroughly discouraging any self inspired creation.



Tougher was having none of that. Making use of reliable and cost-effective plastics and rubbers, he created his award-winning design: dots! These small colourful dots each represent a note and can be placed wherever the user wishes on the plastic ‘music sheet’. They can be put anywhere; even stacked to create a wide array of different combinations. As feedback was important, each dot was crafted to feel different and to supply ample stimulation through touch as well as sound. To quote the man himself, “I wanted to create something simple – an instrument that would empower people to create music.” This struck a chord with the judges, and his reward was well earned.




We wait eagerly for more news from Design Innovation Plastics. As the finalists enter May, they will be scrutinised by this year’s panel of experts, and finally, on the 22nd, they will have their winner. Only one truly great design can win, and we wonder what new innovation will come to light this year. We at Dennison’s look forward to what the future holds for the world of plastics.


Looking for pallet wrap in the Manchester area? Then you don’t have to wait until the 22nd May; you can access our great and innovative product right now, as Dennison Stretch Film is the supplier for you! With years of experience and expert staff, we locally manufacture our fine-quality product and can pass savings on to you! For any enquiries, contact us or call on 161 242 1275. Our friendly support staff will be happy to help.

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