This Is Plastics: What Are the Different Types of Plastic?

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What Are the Different Types of Plastic?

Plastic is plastic. It's all the same, right? Actually, there are hundreds of types of plastic, and they're not all created equal. Each type is designed carefully to possess specific qualities and meet the demands of a specific product.


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While there are many types of plastic—also known as polymers—there are only a handful that most people interact with on a daily basis.

Manufacturers select different types of plastic based on a product’s intended use—antimicrobial plastics for medical applications, extremely durable plastics for building applications, lightweight plastics for beverage bottles. This ensures every product is as safe and effective as possible.

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