What is Plastic?
Plastic is one of the most popular and useful materials of modern times.
They are traditionally made from oil, which is a fossil fuel, that will one day run out. Plastic packaging uses only a very small amount - only 4% of all crude oil produced!
Plastics can be moulded into complex shapes and forms, and the properties of the plastics e.g. strength, colour and flexibility, can be changed to meet an endless variety of needs.
In the UK we used huge amounts of plastic packaging, which is used to package all sorts of things – including drinks, cleaning products, shampoos and toiletries.
It is such a useful material - what would we do without it?
We cannot carry liquids or food without some kind of container, and other alternatives aren't as light or effective.
Plastic bottles are ideal for liquids because they are:
Safe - do not break
Are excellent at keeping the fizz in fizzy drinks!
Plastic pots, tubs and trays are great for packaging food as they:
Keep food fresher for longer both in supermarkets and in our fridges
Reduce food waste
Allow customers to see products before they buy them
Help to cut transport costs as plastics are very lightweight
Recycling your plastic packaging means it can be recycled again and again.