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Transcript of Hula Hoop
Damaged or defective hoops are pulled from the line and recycled- No waste again!
Left over color pigments are thrown away-minimal liquid waste Scales of insects Factory receives high-density polyethylene plastic pellets
Plastic is fed into a "hopper" Process An extrusion machine heats the plastic using friction from the barrel and color pigments are added
Hydraulic power drives the the extrusion machine by using electrical energy
Dies in the extruder shape the plastic (by set thickness) into one continuous piece Wham-O uses a stripe machine to twist a stripe around the plastic hoop
Tube cools and is cut into equal lengths with a circular saw (Wham-O makes 3 different diamter hoops) Color Pigments
The lengths of the hoops are manually fed into a machine that curves the tubes into hoop shapes
The ends are brought together and stapled Finished Product Various Countries Nature The plastic in Hula Hoops contains
Polyethylene is a suspected human carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) and has been linked with cancer of the colon.
HOWEVER, its Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDA) states that there are no adverse health effects anticipated. Is It Safe? http://www.arkema-inc.com/plants/canada/msds/AP-P101.pdf http://www.ehow.com/list_6127286_harmful-effects-polyethylene-bags.html Hula Hoops are shipped via delivery trucks, trains, boats, and airplanes to areas within the USA and abroad They are then delivered by the driver and stored by the retailer for later sale Delivery Facts Japan banned the Hula-Hoop because they thought the toy would incite improprieties, much like Elvis’ hips did.
In Russia, the hoops were denounced as an example of the “the emptiness of American culture.”
Hula Hoop was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1999. Fun Green Going Ways to make transportation more environmentally- friendly 1) Sell in bulk- the more items on one truck, the less trucks that have to be used for delivery
2) Cut down on packaging used for shipping- who needs cardboard boxes? Wrap each hoop in foam or bubblewarp instead and send it on it's way! Durability Once damaged, the hoops can easily be bent back into shape or re-stapled
It takes years for plastic to decompose, so they aren't rotting away any time soon
The average lifespan of hula hoops is based upon care by the consumer End of Use Hula Hoops are easily recycled
Although Wham-O doesn't collect their product at the end of its life, they give back to the world through "Wham-O has Heart," where, when you buy a Wham-O toy that has a heart on it, they donate a portion of the proceeds to help children in third world countries