PRAXIS - Plastic Applications
How long have plastics been around?
We can no longer imagine life without plastics. During the 1950s/1960s, the material was considered to be the material of boundless possibilities and it started to move into people's everyday lives. They were delighted with the first colorful household goods made of plastic that came from America. Even the horrendously expensive silk stockings available at the time were replaced by affordable nylons. Iron-free shirts made of artificial fibres relieved the burden on housewives and went easy on the family budget. Plastic products became affordable, easy-care and almost indestructible mass-produced goods. The versatility, colourfulness, and durability of this modern post-war material stood for the attitude to life of a whole generation.
The plastic age has only just begun. New possibilities and new variants on these materials are being discovered every day. Their development potential is nowhere near being exhausted. If manufacturers manage to make the production process independent
of crude oil, and optimise recycling ability and mechanical properties, plastics will rightly be known as the material of the 21st century. The consistent use and further development in the sense of the comprehensive sustainability of plastics is the great challenge of the future.