Cool plastic creations
Scientists use plastic tracking collars and camera traps to learn about animal behaviour, helping to preserve animals and their environment. And plastic inventions that collect floating ocean plastic help to keep our oceans free of pollution.
Almost all of the life-saving equipment found in hospitals is made of plastic. X-ray machines, artificial limbs, joints and heart valves all contain plastic — not to mention glasses, false teeth and contact lenses!
Museums use plastics to store, display and protect fragile specimens and artefacts. Bottled water gives people access to life-giving hydration, and food packaging helps to keep food fresher for longer – remember Planet Heroes, always recycle single-use items!
Energy powers our homes, factories and cars, but sadly, some of the energy sources we use are harmful to the planet. Renewable energy inventions like wind turbines and solar panels are more planet-friendly, and both are made with plastic!
Cars, trains and aeroplanes all contain plastic materials, allowing us to travel faster and further than ever before. Plastic is even used in rockets, satellites, space suits and on the International Space Station!
Plastic is used in almost all of our modern gadgets, from smartphones and computers to cameras and 3D printers. Not to mention all the wires, cables and servers that allow us to access the internet!