Thermoplastics have been around for a long time and are an important component of everyday life today.

For example, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is a type of thermoplastic used to manufacture:

  • sports equipment
  • toys (i.e., LEGO® blocks)
  • various automobile parts

Polycarbonate is used to make

  • compact discs (CDs)
  • drinking bottles
  • food storage containers
  • eyeglass lenses, among other things.

Polyethylene is likely the most commonly encountered thermoplastic and is used to make

  • shampoo bottles
  • plastic grocery bags
  • and even bullet proof vests

See: Plastic Types

Did you know ?
  • More than 50 per cent of all medicine products worldwide are made of plastics.