Plastics are frequently demonised- however, future sustainable technologies may well depend on plastics.
In the future, many technologies central to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels will depend on plastics. Wind turbine blades require plastic composites and adhesives, while batteries rely on plastics in their housing and may even apply them as electrolytes and other components.
Plastics are also widely used in home insulation, reducing energy usage, and they play critical roles in the construction sector as pipes and conduits, cladding, seals, adhesives and gaskets.
Other future technologies such as robotics, drones, electronics, healthcare and diagnostics will also rely on the development of better plastic materials.
Plastics don’t need to be seen as evil – with the correct disposal and recycling, they can in fact reap many benefits which often most people are unaware of.