Senco Composite Fasteners and Nailers | Metal-Free: What is Senco Plastic?
The word “plastic” comes from the Latin words plastis (meaning “stone”) and coke (meaning “wood”). Plastics are made up of two or more different materials such as carbon fiber, polyethylene, nylon, glass fibers, etc. They have many uses in everyday life like food packaging, medical devices, building products and much more.
Plastic is not only used in the manufacturing of household items but it’s also used in making cars, boats, airplanes, toys and so much more. Some plastics are toxic while others are non-toxic.
Most plastics do not leach into the environment when they break down naturally. However some plastics leach chemicals which can cause health problems if ingested or inhaled.
Some plastics are biodegradable whereas others cannot be broken down completely. For example, some plastics are very hard and will never degrade.
Others may degrade over time but at a slower rate than other types of plastic.
In general, most plastics are recyclable because they don’t leach toxins into the environment. However there are certain types of plastic that can’t be recycled due to their toxicity levels or environmental concerns.
The first mass-produced plastic was created in 1869 by Alexander Parkes who made it from a combination of cellulose, a flammable substance, and a chemical called camphor. It was given the name celluloid in 1872.
In 1907, a man named Leo Baekeland invented the first synthetic plastic that didn’t deteriorate when exposed to air. This type of plastic was known as bakelite.
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