You won't believe how many of the products that you use daily contain plastic.
Aluminium cans are lined with a thin layer of plastic, that is used to protect the aluminium so it doesn't react with the liquid inside. If the plastic coat weren't there the drink would last a couple days before it is no longer consumable.
Gum is made from up to 20% plastic. Chewing gum was originally made from tree sap called chicle, a natural rubber, and sometimes various waxes. But after World War II, chemists learned to make synthetic rubber, which came to replace most natural rubber in chewing gum.You might have noticed that if you drop or stick your gum somewhere it is going to be there always. *
◇Disposable coffee cups/paper cups
Even though they are called paper cups they are not made from 100% paper or cardboard, there is a thin coat of plastic so that the cardboard doesn't dissolve by the liquid inside. That thin layer of plastic makes paper cups non-biodegradable.
Paints contain substances called binders. ... Some binders are made from natural oils such as linseed oil, but most are now made from synthetic plastics. That's why paint is considered a plastic blend made by polymers mixed with other pigments and tons of other chemicals but basically it contains plastic. *
If you take a receipt to feel the material it is made from you will understand that it is not actually paper because , guess what, it contains plastic components that's why it shines. Same chemicals used in single-use plastics (like straws) are also used in receipts. This is because receipts are printed on shiny thermal paper, which contains Bisphenol A (BPA) or Bisphenol S (BPS), chemicals used to make plastic.
Styrofoam is just a type of plastic and the process of making Styrofoam from plastic makes it completely unrecyclable. If you think how we use styrofoam to carry our takeaways is just crazy! When you put hot things in styrofoam it releases toxins that go into your food. Bon appetit !!
It might surprise you, but you're probably wearing plastic clothes. ... Many of our clothes contain plastics like polyester, nylon, acrylic and polyamide. Every time you wash or even wear synthetic clothes they release microplastics. If you want to know if your clothes contain plastic you can look at the label with the washing directions.
In incredibly worrying news for serial tea drinkers, tea bags have been found to contain particles of plastic. The good news is that most tea bags are made from natural fibres, though they still use plastic to ensure the bags remain closed for you to enjoy your cup of tea. *
Tetra pak is a mixed material made from cardboard,plastic and aluminium. We also know it as milk or juice cartons. Just as aluminium cans and disposable paper cups they also contain a thin layer of plastic to prevent the cardboard from getting wet. However that thin layer makes them non-recyclable.
Wet wipes may seem like they are made from cotton; they are actually made from synthetic polyester. They should never be flushed down the toilet because they cause massive problems to sea life and won't ever dissolve unlike paper tissue or toilet paper that dissolves very very quickly. *
* I want to make it clear that there are companies that don't use plastic to produce products like these. However MOST of the companies use plastic to make them.