Plastics are a type of synthetic material widely used in manufacturing, packaging, and consumer goods. The most commonly used plastic, polyethylene, became available for commercial use in the United States in the 1950s. Technical advances led to the creation of different types of polyethylene with unique properties and characteristics that make it suitable for producing a wide variety of goods. Polyethylene can be found in packing materials, toys, bulletproof vests, carpeting, golf balls, and automobile parts, among many other objects. Plastic's relative affordability and pliability have historically made it a popular material among manufacturers.
Having become an integral part of life by the late twentieth century, many people used plastic with little consideration for its impacts on society and the...Read more