Plastics

plastic_5

Plastic is a synthetic, moldable material made of a chemical compound or 'polymer' that consists primarily of carbon atoms derived primarily from petroleum (petrochemicals).  Common uses for plastics include textiles, food packaging, bottles, shower curtains, plumbing pipes, furniture, flooring, eyeglasses, and coatings.

 

Most plastics contain other organic or inorganic compound additives.  Many of the controversies associated with plastics surround additives (such as BPA); biodegradability; post-consumer waste; and the use of oil in manufacturing, production and transportation. 

 

Traditional plastics degrade very slowly, however bioplastics are derived from renewable biomass sources such as vegetable oils, starches or cellulose and are considered more sustainable in comparison.

(Source: Wikipedia / Photo: Shutterstock)

Sea salt contains an alarming amount of microplastics

Chile joins worldwide push to ban plastic bags

5 useful products made from ocean plastic

'Infinitely' recyclable polymer could be the future of plastics

China has stopped accepting recycling from other nations — and that's a problem

This accidental discovery could help solve our plastic pollution crisis

There might be microplastic in that compost

There are fewer plastic bags clogging U.K. waters

93% of bottled water tested in this study contained microplastics

Diver takes a dip in Bali's sea of plastic

Dutch supermarket debuts world's first plastic-free aisle

How a litter picking movement went viral

SPONSORED