Plastic – one of the most diverse materials

Filed under: Recycling — Posted by: Barry on December 19, 2012

Plastic is a hugely versatile material, used in everything from car parts to drink bottles. This means that it is very rare someone will go one day without using a piece of equipment that has been made from plastic in some form or another, showing just how valuable the material is to industries and everyday life.

What makes plastic so useful is its ability to be molded into whatever a consumer needs. It can be melted down and shaped in many ways to meet specific consumer requirements, as well as become safe and reliable to use.

One of the most common uses for plastic is packaging. Companies use it because it is durable and supermarkets offer plastic shopping bags because they are strong and reusable. The many properties of plastic make it a desirable material for many uses.

Packaging can also refer to wrappings on food. Since plastic helps to keep food fresh and free from contamination, the quality of the food inside is not compromised, making plastic highly valuable to food suppliers.

Another common use of plastic is for soft drink bottles. This is because it is strong, able to hold litres of liquid at a time, and is also durable so, in the event of it being dropped on the floor, it will not break.

Plastic is also useful in that it can be cut down to size to fit various purposes. Plastic sheets are common for companies, as well as in the home, and many suppliers provide custom plastic sheets for specific needs.

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