What is plastic?

Plastic is a polymer.

That means it’s made of lots of similar molecules bound together in a chain – just like a beaded necklace.

What makes plastic great is that it can be moulded into lots of shapes and then keep that shape. It’s cheap to make, flexible and it doesn’t weigh a lot which means we have been able to use it in all sorts of products.

Just think about all the things you use day to day that are made of plastic.

Wouldn’t it be difficult to live without it?