Let's be honest: plastic is freaking awesome. It is light, flexible and durable. 

Maybe a little too good to be true? 

What is plastic  made of?
 

HERE ARE THE MAIN BUILDING BLOCKS OF PLASTIC PACKAGING

Synthetic

Polymers

Stabilizers

Fillers

Plasticizers

Colorants

 

Synthetic Polymers

are the structure and foundation of plastic. They derive from fossil fuels. 

What is the fossil fuel industry? 

CRUDE OIL & PETROLEUM

COAL

NATURAL GAS

This industry results in environmental destruction.

 
Stabilizers are considered additives. They inhibit the plastic degradation. They are commonly made of:

Stabilizers

antioxidants
antiozonants 
UV absorbers
quenchers
hindered amine light stabilizers
acid scavengers
heat stabilizers
flame retardants
biocides
 
 

Fillers

Fillers are also considered additives. They reduce costs and improve the plastic properties.
 
They are commonly made of:
calcium carbonate
talc
silica
wollastonite
clay
calcium sulfate fibers
mica
glass beads
alumina trihydrate

Plasticizers

Plasticizers are also considered additives. They improve and increase the overall elasticity of plastic.
 
 
They are commonly made of:
phthalates (di(2-ethylhexyl) (DEHP)
diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP)
 diisononyl phthalate (DINP)
adipic acid
alcohol
phthalic anhydride
 

Colorants

Colorants are also considered additives.
They are pigments and dyes commonly made of:
aluminum oxides, antimony trioxide, barium chromate, iron oxides, manganese silicates or dioxide, manganese ammonium pyrophosphate, cadmium sulfide, cadmium selenide, barium,
barium sulfate, barium manganate, chromic oxide 
zinc sulfide, zinc chromate, zinc oxide, zinc, 1,2-dihydroxyanthaquinone, insoluble anthraquinone pigment, insoluble azo pigment, lead chromate, basic lead carbonate
carbon, lead molybdate
lead sulfate
lead antimonate
cobalt arsenate
cobalt phosphate
cobalt stannate
calcined cobalt
potassium cobalt initrate
sodium
calcium salts of soluble azo strontium chromate
mercuric sulfide
ferric ferrocyanide

Dispersants & Surfactants

 linear alkylbenzene sulfonates

lignin sulfonates

fatty alcohol ethoxylates

alkylphenol ethoxylates

antistatic agents

coupling agents

curing agents

foaming/blowing agents

impact modifiers

lubricants

nucleating agents

preservatives

processing aids

The recipe to plastic is sort of a big secret.  

And "secret agents" are at work...

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