Strap on your PVC boots, hike up your nylon stockings. The Science Museum opened its doors last Tuesday to celebrate the 100th birthday of the world's first entirely synthetic material - plastic. It sparked a revolution in manufacturing, transport, fashion, design and more.
100 years of making plastics is a free-to-enter exhibition will trace the proliferation of plastics during the past 100 years and discuss the current environmental issues surrounding this family of materials.
Aart van Bezooijen is a Dutch optimist and motivator for materials in design. He lives and works in Hamburg where he founded Material Stories (2005) to inspire and enable the best use of materials to make design more competitive, creative and sustainable.
2011 he explored sustainable solutions from around the world during the "It's Not Easy Being Green" project with graphic designer Paula Raché. He co-organized the Materials Café exhibitions at the Hannover Messe in Germany, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology. Since 2012, he works as Professor for Material and Technology Transfer at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle growing a new materials library.