Types of Plastics

What are different types of plastics? Which are the most common plastics we use in our day to day life? Are plastics recyclable? These are some of the basic questions in every individuals mind. So we are going to answer them in a very simple manner. 

Types of Plastic:

There are two different types of plastics, namely thermo-plastic & thermosetting plastic.

Thermoplastics, are plastics which can be recycled. Examples include, ABS, Acrylic, Polycarbonate, Polyethelene, Polypropylene, etc.

Thermosetting plastics are plastics which cannot be recycled.  Examples are; Polyester resin, Polyurethane foam, Bakelite, etc.

List of Thermoplastics

  • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
  • Polyethylene
  • Polycarbonate (PC)
  • Nylon (Polyamide)
  • High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS)
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polystyrene 
  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • Teflon

List of Thermosetting plastics

  • Phenol formaldehyde
  • Polyster resin
  • Melamines
  • Phenol furfural
  • Epoxy resins
  • Silicones
  • Urea formaldehyde
  • Alkyds
  • Araldite
  • Bakelite


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