Although plastics have been around for about 100 years, they are considered to be modern when compared to materials viewed as “traditional”, such as wood, stone, metal, glass and paper. Plastics are the ultimate versatile material and have made possible numerous technological innovations, new design solutions, environmental enhancements and cost-savings.
Nowadays, thanks to plastics, the only limitation for designers is their imagination. Plastics will continue to play a crucial role in helping society to meet today’s most pressing challenges of diminishing natural and non-renewable resources, climate change, and an ageing and growing population.
To learn how plastics have enabled innovation in key industry sectors, see innovation in plastics.
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