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What are the uses of plastic?

Last updated date: 19th Apr 2024
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Hint: Plastic is a polymeric material that can be formed or shaped, typically by applying heat and pressure.

Complete Answer:
- The plasticity properties, often found in conjunction with other special properties such as low density, low electrical conductivity, transparency and hardness, allow plastics to be produced in a wide range of products.
- In homes, buildings, and infrastructure, such as bridges, plastics allow sustainable, robust, long-lasting design and construction.
- In automotive design, plastics have led to a host of safety, performance and fuel efficiency developments.
- The packaging of plastics helps protect and preserve goods, while reducing transport weight, saving fuel and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Durable, lightweight, and affordable plastics have helped revolutionise the electronics we rely on every day, from computers and cell phones to televisions and microwaves.
- Plastics make sports safety equipment lighter and tougher, such as plastic helmets, mouth guards, goggles and protective padding, to help keep sports enthusiasts of all ages safe.
Water can be stored in plastic bottles as it is non reactive with air and water.
- Since it is a poor conductor of heat and electricity it is used for insulating electric wires and manufacturing cooking utensils.

Whatever mode of transport you choose, you'll see plastic used extensively in:
- Seating Places
- Paneling
- Instrument enclosures surface
- Coverings
- As structural components in all kinds of transport, even skateboards, rollerblades, and bicycles, plastics are even mixed with other materials.
In your TV, your sound system, your mobile phone, and your vacuum cleaner, there is a large percentage of plastic and possibly plastic foam in your furniture.

Note: In 1907, Bakelite, the first purely synthetic material, was invented by Leo Baekeland, meaning it did not contain any molecules found in nature.
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