What is Plastic?

Plastics are polymers or chains of repeating molecule sequences made from oil. They contain many water soluble toxins.

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 using heat to derive hydrocarbon monomers (single molecules comprised of hydrogen and carbon atoms)

Oil is refined

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monomers are combined through a process known as polymerization using catalysts to create chains of these molecule known as polymers

Polymerization

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polymers are melted together to form different types of plastics and shaped into pellets

Pellets are the raw material to manufacture products.

Raw Materials