A Few Fast Facts on... Plastics in Daily Life
- In the home, break-resistant, shatterproof and no-spill plastic bottles cut down on injuries and clean-ups in the kitchen, bath and garage - or anywhere the floor is hard and hands may be slippery.
- Plastics made possible the commercialization of electronics. Without plastics, most of the electronic products we use today would not have been practical or economic. In fact, microprocessor miniaturization would have been impossible without the qualities and cost-effectiveness of plastics.
- The construction industry is making increasing use of plastic materials that are waterproof, stable, weather-resistant, light and easy to handle.
- When a plastic pipe carries corrosive fluid through the ground near a river, it prevents pollution of the groundwater, conserves the quality of the water in the river and protects wildlife.
- Mainstays of today's farms, plastics help foster food production by providing economical irrigation pipe, greenhouse materials, mulching film and many other necessities and conveniences. After harvest, plastics packaging helps get much of that food to market and keeps it fresher longer once it is purchased.
- Plastics and composite materials provide more efficient engines, improved aerodynamics and reduced aircraft weight to the aerospace industry.
- More than 2000 police officers have been saved through the use of protective vests made with plastics materials.
- In six decades of use, plastics have made health care simpler and new techniques and prostheses possible. They have reduced contamination, relieved pain and cut medical costs. They have prolonged lives, improved the quality of lives and saved lives.