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Examples of how the most common polymer types are used

Examples of how the most common polymer types are used

Examples of how the most common polymer types are used

Plastics are derived from organic materials such as fossil fuels or cellulose. The two main processes used to produce plastics are polymerisation and polycondensation, both requiring specific catalysts. A 2016 report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, an organisation promoting the circular economy, indicates that 90 % of plastics are derived from virgin fossil fuels (representing about 6 % of global oil consumption) and predicts that the plastics sector will account for 20 % of total oil consumption by 2050

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