By Eric Taylor | July 1, 2021 12:00 AM
The first synthetic polymer was invented in 1869 by John Wesley Hyatt.
It was created as a material substitute for ivory, and its life-saving importance has grown exponentially ever since. Today, rather than saving only the lives of elephants, it helps power homes, keeps food safe to eat, strengthens roads and bridges, and makes cars more fuel efficient. Its countless medical applications have also dramatically improved health and extended life expectancy.
“Plastics literally save lives,” said Tony Radoszewski, president and CEO of the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)….