Before you go through this post, we would like all our readers to know that we do not support the use of plastic whatsoever. No matter how many good aspects are associated with this man-made material, it can never-ever outweigh the risks it poses to our environment and its habitants.
However, since these days we are reading all about the negative side of Plastic, here are a few positive things about the artificial material that cannot be easily replicated:
Plastic is a great alternative to Glass
Sheets of acrylic – a kind of Plastic – can do the same work as Glass, while being both shatterproof and more durable at the same time. In addition, it will weigh almost half and be just as transparent!
In fact, it’s stronger than Glass…
Some types of acrylic are around 6-18 times more shock-resistant than glass. These kind of plastic find their application in areas, such as security shields, outdoor displays & secondary glazing.
Acrylic is very effective at preventing light damage
Materials like UV-grade Perspex® are extensively used at places like libraries, art galleries and museums to filter out UV-rays from sunlight without hampering the visibility.
Plastic can last for an eternity
Well, owing to this property, most of the countries have banned the use of plastic bags and sheets. Notably, plastic takes over 1000 years to degrade completely.
Is extremely flexible
Despite being rigid, plastic (acrylic) can be moulded into any shape through common processes like laser cutting and kerf bending. Thus, one can say that malleable characteristics of plastic make it an easy material to work with.
Plastic is an insulator
Since plastic cannot conduct electricity, it is used in every electronic item out there.
It helps lower packaging weight
If we completely give up the practice of using plastic while packing products, the packaging weight could go as high as 400%, which in turn may cause energy and production expenses to double!
It is odourless
Since Plastic is odourless, it doesn’t have the ability to pick up fragrances from food and drinks. This single property contributes a lot in making it a recyclable material.
Plastics are used in the manufacturing of vehicles to cut down on fuel expenses
If traditional materials weighing over 1000 kg are used instead of the current average of 105 kg of plastics, we would require over 750 litres of extra fuel over a span of 90,000 miles. This would lead to an increase in oil consumption by 12 million tonnes and CO2 emissions by over 30 million tonnes in Europe alone!