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Plastics act as favorite materials for our toys such as toy soldiers, plastic models, toy cars, dolls, skip ropes, hula hoops, and corvettes. Our food is polymer intense as meats, vegetables, breads, and cookies. In history, polymers have been the vehicle for the Magna Carta, Torah, Bible, Koran, and our Declaration of Independence. Outside our homes, they are present in our flowers, trees, soil, spider webs, and beaches. In fact, it is improbable that a polymer is not involved in your present activity—reading a paper book, holding a plastic-intense writing device, sitting on a cloth-covered chair or bed, and if your eyes need corrective vision, glasses of one variety or another.

11 since fiber and rubber materials are absent as a separate entry. Even so, the figures demonstrate the positive nature polymers play in our balance of trade situation. 12 contains a listing of the major chemical producers in the United States and the world. These producers are involved directly and/or indirectly with some form of synthetic polymers. Essentially, all of the industrially advanced countries of the world have major chemical producers. 12 contains a partial listing of these companies.

4 Common Polymers Material/Name Styrofoam PVC pipe Nylon stockings Concrete Meat Plexiglas Automotive bumpers and side panels Potatoes CDs (case) Hula hoop Diamond Silicon sealants Bakelite Superglue Cotton T-shirt Fiberglass Saran Wrap Velcro Rubber band Soda bottle Teflon Orlon sweater Sand Pillow stuffing Wood, paper Human genome Typical Polymer Chapter Polystyrene PVC Polyamide, nylon 6,6 Cement Protein Poly(methyl methacrylate) Polyethylene and polyethylene/ polypropylene blends Starch Polycarbonate (polystyrene) Polypropylene, polyethylene Carbon Polydimethylsiloxane Phenol–formaldehyde cross-linked Poly(ethyl cyanoacrylate) Cellulose Composite PVC copolymer Polyamide Natural rubber PET Polytetrafluoroethylene Polyacrylonitrile Silicon dioxide Polyurethane Cellulose Nucleic acids 6 6 4 12 10 6 5, 7 9 4 5 12 11 4 18 9 8 7 4 9 4 6 6 12 4 9 10 underneath it “HDPE,” both indicating the bottle is made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE).

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