25 Important Truths You Never Knew About Plastic And How It Changed Our World

Plastic is one of those things that are so prevalent that you don’t even realize how much you are taking it for granted. Nearly everything these days contains some amount of plastic.  In fact, without plastic it would barely be possible for you to read this article. Your computer, your phone, your TV, your car, almost all of your appliances, your toiletries, your school supplies, even your clothes. It all relies on plastic. Medicine, science, airplanes, the space shuttle…everything. It is one of those things that just sort of crept into our lives and now we can’t do without it. But what is plastic? It seems sort of obvious. It’s just…plastic. But really, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. First of all, did you know that plastic is basically an organic material? That’s right. Like you, me, and the gas in your car, it’s all based on carbon. Who knew one element could be so important right? And you thought you couldn’t live without oxygen (uh…you can’t!). So, for better or for worse, plastic has changed our lives. These are 25 important truths you never knew about plastic and how it changed our world!

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Every year, over 6,000 people are treated in emergency rooms throughout the United States for injuries they received while trying to open plastic packaging

Every year, over 6,000 people are treated in emergency rooms throughout the United States for injuries they received while trying to open plastic packagingSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Rwanda is the first country to ban plastic bags

Rwanda is the first country to ban plastic bagsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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Cellophane isn't actually plastic. It is made from cellulose and biodegrades in about 3 months if it is buried.

Cellophane isn't actually plastic. It is made from cellulose and biodegrades in about 3 months if it is buried.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The toy plastic whistles that used to be found in Captain Crunch cereal boxes were the first tools used by hackers (this was before the computer age back when people hacked phones)

The toy plastic whistles that used to be found in Captain Crunch cereal boxes were the first tools used by hackers (this was before the computer age back when people hacked phones)Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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The new car smell is caused by an additive in plastic called plasticizers. Some variations are actually endocrine disruptors

The new car smell is caused by an additive in plastic called plasticizers. Some variations are actually endocrine disruptorsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia


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