The 12 Best Designs From 2009's International Plastics Design Competition
4. Best Packaging & Materials Handling Award: Sosa Tech-Advisors' High Impact Plastic Pallet
They said it couldn't be done, but industrial engineer Sergio Sosa did the previously impossible: he made a high impact pallet that was stronger and cheaper in price than those that were already in use. If at first he didn't succeed, he was persistent, and he achieved his goal by inventing a new hybrid manufacturing process: inside injection foaming (iif). Foam is injected into the a part while it is being molded, giving greater strength, higher impact performance, and rigidity to the part. The processing time of the part was decreased by 50 seconds as a result, the cost of materials was reduced, and the pallet can resist the weight of a bundle dropped by a forklift!
5. Best Sustainable Consumer Product: KOR ONE Hydration Vessel
The Kor One water bottle does much more than meets the eye. First, of course, it's sustainable. You'll note it's clear as glass (this design has a nice sea blue tint), and it is made a new copolyester plastic, Tritan by Eastman, which marries the heat resistant properties of copolyester with the clarity of polycarbonate. Not only is it perfectly safe to drink from, it is also very high impact, machine washable, and it looks great!
The Kor One cap is designed for one-handed operation with a cap you can flip open with your thumb and that stays open until you close it. The bottle is easy to refill from a sink, refrigerator, or water cooler.
6. Best Single Part Award: The Rotomolded Plastic School Desk
Aren't these inviting enough to make you wish you were in sixth grade again? The designer, Investigación y Desarrollo C.A., was commissioned by the Venezuelan government to create a comfortable, colorful one-piece desk for Venezuelan schools. Several innovations were created in the design and rotational molding process to create a plastic chair as sturdy as a wood chair, and a four part mold needed to be built to accommodate those needs as well as the very strict dimensions required for final delivery of the chairs. But done now, all you can say is "Cool!"