Inspired by the ICIS Training "Beginner's Course in Petrochemicals," which recommended a visit to London's Science Museum exhibition "Plasticity," our own Helena took her nine year-old nephew for a day of plastics, science and museum café food.
"It's better than an old fort," was his acute observation.
Plasticity has exhibits from the history of plastics, including:
The Birth of Plastics - Baekeland's invention and the rapid spread of plastics as a useful material.
Plastic Dreams - the widespread use of plastics since their introduction, and the properties and uses of key plastics including polythene, polyurethane, polyester, nylon and acrylic.
Plastics Now - plastics today and the environmental implications of their use.
Plastic Futures - cutting-edge prototype products and expert views about new sources of plastics, and new ways to reduce waste and use plastics more responsibly.