Wouldn’t you know? The plastics industry has been around for a century and a half. From the use of natural plastic materials, down to the creation of the ultimates of plastic: the purely synthetic stuff like Bakelite, the plastics industries, like a rolling stone, just kept evolving and evolving because of the flexibility of the use of the plastic material.
The word “plastic” came from the Greek word “plastikos,” which means “fit for molding.” In other words, flexible. True to the meaning of its root word, plastic, the material itself, gave ample, flexible room for dynamism and growth in the plastics industries. Since other industries found a myriad of uses for plastic: from radio casings down to parker pens, the plastics industries definitely secured a niche for itself; a niche that required constant evolution and progress.
When Bakelite was invented, the plastics industry now had its first fully synthetic product. Bakelite ushered in a whole slew of new uses for plastic. Because it was virtually immune to temperature changes, it does not catch fire nor melt, Bakelite was the one material that was nearly indestructible in the early 1900s. Upon the granting of its patent in 1909, Bakelite soon inched its way to replacing materials like rubber,and shellac, in the realm of insulation.
Then from Bakelite, which is used even today, the plastics industries just kept growing and growing, to the fullness of the status of the plastics industries today. Today, we not only have Bakelite, we have plastics as sturdy as the polycarbonate plastics line. These are so sturdy, that they are used to make laptops like the iBook, the Macbook, and even metal-looking beauties that consumers really love today.
Throughout its 150 years of existence, the plastics industries had been a great addition to the arsenal of tools that mankind has. If not for the amazing blessing of invention and innovation, and ultimately, the birth of products like plastics, one wonders if we would still be drinking water from leather bags today.