Parkes developed the first man-made plastic product
in the 1860s, he had no idea what an integral role the material would come to
play in our everyday lives.
In 1953 German chemist Karl Ziegler
developed polyethylene, and in 1954 the Italian
chemist Giulio Natta developed polyproylene,
two of todays most important plastics / polymers.
make up substances such as tar and tortoise shell horns as well
as tree saps. Natural polymers began to be chemically modified
play an important role in vital industries such as space technology,
medical composition, engineering, etc; and mimic nature in its
versatility, creativity and aesthetics replacing the older heavier
version of metal and steel.
Life without plastics is unthinkable.
allows it to be used in everything from car parts to cosmetics
- creating a unique style and individuality to specific products.
Cosmetics in plastic jars or tubes are hygienic, attractive
engineers are always introducing new innovations to create more
products using fewer resources. Efficiency and versatility being
the key ingredients.
fact since 1976 plastic has been the most used
material in the world and has been voted one of the top 100
news events of the century, those pioneers made it possible
for us to enjoy the quality of life today.