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The History of Plastic

The History of Plastic John Wesley Hyatt John Wesley Hyatt participated in a contest for the best substitute for natural ivory. He successfully developed a cellulose derivative and later on the patented the product under the name Celluloid. Hyatt's product was used for manufacturing various products like men's collars or dental plates. 1860 Eastman For his very first movie a young photography pioneer - Eastman used Celluloid. The advantage of the product was that it was very easy to shape it in different forms. 1882 Bakelite The appearance of the first completely synthetic manmade plastic - Bakelite. The product was made from a resin from coal tar and its great advantage was that it would take the shape of its own container. Another benefit was that Bakelite didn't melt and saves its shape even under great heat or pressure. Lucite and Nylon 1907 During the 1920s and 1930s were designed many plastic products for the first time. This includes products like Lucite and Nylon. 1920s 1930s Teflon The 1950s was the time when the first polyester clothing appeared. It gained extreme popularity because the fabric didn't need ironing, it was cheap, easy to produce and you could wash it easy. Completely by chance the Teflon was discovered. The name of the man that did that was Plunkett. After tests and researches he managed to discover the non-stick coating on cookware known nowadays as Teflon. 1938 The late 1950s was also the time when the first plastic bags appeared. Garbage bags for home use were also introduced during this period. The products gained popularity and until the 1960s the plastic bags had become the most preferred method for food packaging. Lucite and Nylon 1950s 1960s The material known nowadays as fleece was created by Malden Mills. This was the first form of synthetic clothing and it was sold under the trademark Polarfleece. One of the greatest benefits of the clothing was that it didn't hold any moisture and it was lighter than other polyester fabrics. 1979 Common uses It would be impossible to harness solar power without plastics. All solar panels are made of plastic. Just - like wind power, solar power is a free and highly efficient source. Facts The official statistics claim that the production of plastic bags requires less energy than the production of paper bags. The wind turbines are covered with special plastic and huge blades to tap into this environmentally friendly energy source Plastic bags and packaging help us to reduce food spoilage. Until now it has helped reduce the spoilage to around 2%. Plastic enclosures and cabinets. You can use them to protect the content of different appliances, protect users from electrical shocks or burns, save the life of your batteries and more. SOURCES:É/CHEM869ELinks/ Infographic created by SIMCO A Standard Injection Molding Company

The History of Plastic

shared by wursti on May 16
Life was certainly a lot harder before plastic was invented. And had the clever men and women who stand behind the development of plastic not worked so hard and had they not been so devoted, we wouldn...






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