Plastics have dramatically changed the way we live, but some people question the merits of those changes. Through The Case of Plastics, CHF staff, teachers, students, and experts discuss and debate the past, present, and future of plastics.
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March 20, 2013 | by Jane E. Boyd
Cups, containers, coolers, crafts: the white, light, squishy, and crumbly stuff we call “styrofoam” is everywhere. But what exactly is this stuff, and why is the mayor of New York City trying to get rid of it?
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February 13, 2013 | by Jane E. Boyd
Plastic may seem like a recent invention, but the first synthetic plastics actually appeared 150 years ago, in the 1860s and 1870s. These early plastics served many useful purposes, but, as Jane E. Boyd explains, they could also be very dangerous.
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Nylon valve, 1940s–1950s
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