What is plastic?


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Think about it for a second, plastic is everywhere. What plastic things are around you right now? What plastic things do you use everyday? This week, Melissa and Jam dive right into the proverbial (and sort of literal) ball pit. What even is plastic? What is it made of? How is it made? How are there so many different kinds? Let's find out.
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References from this episode
  1. https://cen.acs.org/sections/discovery-reports/the-future-of-plastic.html
  2. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-11/documents/
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