A world without plastics?

What would this past holiday gift-giving season be without plastics? Based on my own family's experience this season, 90% of all of the gifts received contained some form of plastic material. Dolls, toys, bicycles, helmets, DVDs, games, CDs, and even the packaging material all have been molded from some form of plastic.Polyethylene terephthalate, polystyrene, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and polycarbonate are not your everyday household terms. However, most consumers are familiar with the products that are made from those petrochemical components.High-tech giftsOne of the most popular items on most children's list for the holidays is a shiny, new bicycle. Plastics today have helped m...

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