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Plastic 101: Understanding the Various Types and Their Uses

Updated: May 25

The amount of plastic that is produced every year on our planet has increased explosively in just a couple of decades. From 2 million tons in 1950 to 368 million tons in 2019.

This is because nowadays, plastic is found everywhere. It is in the pens we write with, our foods and drinks are covered in it and kids play with it. Often these are different types of plastic, some are hard while others are soft and flexible. This means that there are different types of plastic, in fact, there are 7 different types of plastic, each with its own properties and uses.

Note that this blogpost does not cover bioplastic as this is a completely different type of plastic. You can read all about bio-plastic here.

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