Kickstart: Expecting changes in office life? You're not alone

Maybe you’re already back to the office. Maybe you never switched to working at home. Or you’re on the manufacturing floor every day. But if you’re among those people figuring out just what life will be like once you get back to the office, a new study points to lasting changes in office life. researchers who say only a little more than a quarter of American office workers expect a full return to pre-pandemic office life. About 72 percent of workers also said they would hesitate to get into a crowded elevator, which will impact offices in large city centers.In addition, researcher Arjun Ramani said the study shows working from home can improve productivity by 5 percent.”Three to 4 percent of that is saving on time that you spend commuting. The minority of it is, if you’re working from home two days a week, if it’s well managed you can be more productive. The reason is, basically, there will be a reorganization of work,” Ramani said.Companies can adjust schedules to set some days for in-office work and meetings, others for meetings with clients and work-from-home days for “quiet stuff like reading, writing, reports, expenses … and that stuff turns out to be done more efficiently at home because it’s quieter.”Meanwhile, for those beginning to return to business travel, a design firm has developed a new system for air filtration in airplanes that uses a 3D printed part that creates a “curtain of air” around passengers.”Rather than distance, it’s airflow that plays the most significant role in the spread of COVID-19 in an airplane,” Seattle-based . “Based on our ongoing research, a solution to this problem could be surprisingly simple.”AirShield, Teague says, creates “an invisible germ isolation unit around each passenger by engineering ‘blades’ of air” by using a 3D printed piece that fits over existing airflow nozzles above passenger seats. Only one is needed for each row, meaning they could be deployed quickly and easily.Boeing Co. says it will test the concept from Teague once the design group completes its studies. You can color this recycling program a “green” effort. Literally, in the case of Crayola-brand markers.The maker of markers, crayons and other art supplies is working with advanced recycler GreenMantra Technologies to . The program will focus on both post-industrial and post-consumer markers.”Our mission is to help parents and teachers raise creatively alive kids,” says Glenn Price, vice president of sourcing for Crayola LLC, part of Hallmark Cards Inc. “Partnering with an innovative company like GreenMantra also aligns with our goals to reduce our environmental impact and build creative solutions so kids will enjoy greener tomorrows.”GreenMantra says the material will be turned into polymers that can go into infrastructure programs such as pipes, roofing products and asphalt for paving projects.Do you have an opinion about this story? Do you have some thoughts you’d like to share with our readers? Plastics News would love to hear from you. Email your letter to Editor at Staying current is easy with Plastics News delivered straight to your inbox, free of charge. Subscribe to Plastics News Plastics News covers the business of the global plastics industry. We report news, gather data and deliver timely information that provides our readers with a competitive advantage.Customer Service:

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