What We Know about Plastics


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What We Know about Plastics
Material’s place of origin, history, raw state or composition
Plastics, before the age when humanity could produce plastic via artificial means, once came from the horns of animals and also from gutta-percha and shellac; Gutta-percha comes from the sap of some trees and shellac is created via the secretions of a tiny scale insect. It was not until 1869 that the first synthetic plastic was made from the plant material cellulose. Specifically, an American inventor named John Wesley Hyatt discovered that cellulose nitrated could be used as an inexpensive substitute for ivory.
A closer exploration of the history of plastics unveils other things to us. In the middle 1930s, DuPont Corporation created nylon as a means...
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Appendix A: sample of plastic in its commonest (commercial) form after synthetic production
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