Inner Tubes>Rubber Bands

 

Struggling for inspiration for my scenario based at the Royal Mail Sheffield South Delivery Office, I began thinking about how rubber bands might be involved.  Rubber bands used by the Royal Mail have been a source of irritation amongst the public in the past, especially when these bands were red (since 2010 they have been a standard brown colour), and therefore were easily recognisable as having been dropped by a Royal Mail worker.  At a time when the company is having to make cuts, it seems silly that their spending on rubber bands has increased by up to 40% over the past few years (“Royal Mail’s red rubber band use revealed – BBC News”, 2016).

First, I watched a video of how rubber bands are manufactured (How Its Made Rubber Bands, 2015) and then began to investigate how small scale production of these bands might work.  I soon realised that this would probably take up more space than my scenario allows for (around 4m²), and it was this point that I discovered  the potential of using old bicycle inner tubes to create elastic bands simply by cutting them up (Oskay, 2016).

Inner tube elastic band.jpg

 

References

How Its Made Rubber Bands. (2015). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TIXDbxtzMY

Oskay, W. (2016). One minute project: Bike tube rubber bands | Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. Evilmadscientist.com. Retrieved 14 November 2016, from http://www.evilmadscientist.com/2007/one-minute-project-bike-tube-rubber-bands/

Royal Mail’s red rubber band use revealed – BBC News. (2016). BBC News. Retrieved 14 November 2016, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12518196

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