Essay about Polyethylene and Polyterephthalate are Outdated
This paper explains the structure of polymer poly(ethylene terephthalate) also known as
PET. It states the properties of the plastic as well recycling methods. My goal was to find out what makes PET the number one plastic, both in consumption as well as the most recycled. I also searched for new polymers that are being created by scientists and compare them to PET to see if there was a plastic out there that is better for the environment. I found a few alternatives that would be able to replace PET but aren’t being used. I also found a fire-proof polymer called BHDB which can replace the previously used polymer.
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Some polymers, such as Poly(ethylene terephthalate), are easily degraded through photo, thermal or biological means. Photo degradation uses UV light to degrade polymers. Two major factors are time and heat. Those two factors reduce the molecular weight, something that is important due to the fact the smaller the molecular weight the easier it will biodegrade. Thermal degradation uses heat in order to make the backbone of the polymer separate. Once the polymer is deteriorated it’s much easier for it to biodegrade. The last type of degradation is biodegradation. This is