Plastic types

Mind map of all the different types of plastic, their features and uses.

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  • Plastics
    • PET
      • Polyethylene terephthalate
      • Tough
      • Used for Fizzy drinks
    • PP
      • Polyproplene
      • Flexiable
      • Used for Crisp Packets
    • Cellulose Acetate
      • Biodegradable
      • Based on plants but added chemicals
      • clear
      • not tough
      • used for clear film and camera film.
    • PVC
      • Polyvinyl Chloride
      • Tough and resists scratching
      • Used for blister packs and game pieces
    • Expanded Polystyrene Styrofoam
      • Very light and impact absorbing
      • Used for protective packing and block modeling
    • Acrylic
      • Stiff but brittle
      • Can shape and polish all edges to a high standard
      • lots of colours
      • Used for point of sale stands
    • PS
      • Polystyrene
      • Not Tough
      • Vaccum formed
      • Used for CD cases and Yougurt pots
    • Bioplastics
      • Biodegradeble
      • Based on plants
      • Used for food packaging

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