A group of polymers had been introduced to the worlds a long time ago. These chemists tried hard to create a polymer that was waterproof and had a large elasticity. Over time it got saturated and a various type of products was developed from it. There were applied to everything around us, but mainly we came to know about them from carrying bags. They were soft and hard and of various grades.Yes, we are talking about of polyethylene or polyethylene terephthalate. Being popular with names such as PET they were used as bottles for various products worldwide, and even today continue to be so. They found uses in furniture in our homes.
And, certainly, they found us as affordable storage solutions as tubs, jars, containers and more. There may be more than 1000 different forms and varieties of such containers too. These have increased the demand and supply together, resulting in many small scales and medium scale companies and industries revolving around the polymers, and their derivatives. So, as far as these have been used extensively as containers for food and drinks, which has made them food grade quality as well. Therefore, we talk about a product that has found intensive modification and derivations to suit various needs.
What are some basic uses?
Some of the uses that are more profound in this area are the lightweight versions of otherwise heavy weight objects. Since the invention of this polymer, it has been used to replace many containers that earlier used tin, such as in food processing, glass, such as in cold drinks, and aluminum. In all the three categories the use and demand have fallen by a drastic amount since no more water tanks are made of concrete, but plastic drums have replaced them on top of the towers and building. Similarly, they have been replaced many things around us. These were just a few of those examples. There is a whole bunch of items that have undergone the change in the past, and continue to be so.
Bringing the attention back to containers, we have found them replacing even furniture. There were aluminum sheets, tin and stainless steel sheets used to make trunks and heavy boxes, and they have been replaced with high-grade plastic as well. The wooden furniture like table, chairs also has been replaced by plastic drawers, dining table, and stools.While time has made them immortal in its use cases, there has been a shift in recycled plastics as well. This is to make them reusable for various things thereby reducing wastage.