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Uses of Plastic While Building A Home

Uses of Plastic While Building A Home

INTRODUCTION
The word Plastic is derived from the Greek word plastikos meaning capable of being shaped or moulded. They comprise of wide range of semi-synthetic or fully synthetic organic compounds that are malleable, durable and cheap. In the case of developed economies, one-third of plastic is used in packaging and also in buildings such as plumbing or vinyl siding or in plumbing. Plastics have evolved from using natural plastic materials such as chewing gum to chemically modified raw materials such as natural rubber, collagen, galalite, nitrocellulose. It is then finally transformed into fully synthetic molecules such as synthetic molecules bakelite, epoxy, polyvinyl chloride, etc. In the Middle Ages, cattle horns were used as windows for lanterns, while expanded polystyrene was used for buildings isolation which Dow Chemical invented in 1954. As times are changing uses of plastics are being modified keeping in mind the properties, advantages, disadvantages and uses.

PROPERTIES THAT ENHANCE ITS SUITABILITY
Properties that make plastic suitable to be used for building a home are –

ADVANTAGES OF USING PLASTIC

DISADVANTAGES OF USING PLASTIC

USES OF PLASTICS
Coming on the purpose, plastics have innumerable uses. Some of them are –


Fig 3: Plastic Laminate resembling wood
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FUTURE SCOPE OF USING PLASTIC
Constructing homes using plastic is nowadays becoming a trend. For this, different admixtures are used, which in turn increases strength. Recycled plastic bricks are coming into use which has many advantages like –

Miniwiz Sustainable Energy Ltd. has already constructed several structures, including factories, IMAX theatres, entertainment campus, and exhibition areas in Taiwan, Malaysia, and China. One of their recent addition is the Eco Ark Pavilion in Taipei. The walls of this structure are entirely formed of Polli-bricks, which are plastic bottles that slot together like Lego parts. Much of their raw material comes from recycled water bottles. Similarly, other companies are using plastic using innovative ways like Byfusion, Conceptos plasticos and many more.

CONCLUSION
Plastic is undoubtedly the most revolutionary product in history ever. It provides us with more advantages compared to disadvantages. Its uses in a building are evolving with changing times, and in future, some unexpected benefits in buildings can be thought of like its use in load-bearing, more uses in climatic conditions, etc. China produced the most significant quantity of plastic, at nearly 60 million tonnes. The United States followed this at 38 million, Germany at 14.5 million and Brazil at 12 million tonnes. These developed countries are taking plastic to the next level. Hence, in the future, people can think about a safe environment with plastic.

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Kanwarjot Singh

Kanwarjot Singh is the founder of Civil Engineering Portal, a leading civil engineering website which has been awarded as the best online publication by CIDC. He did his BE civil from Thapar University, Patiala and has been working on this website with his team of Civil Engineers.

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