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Types of plastic

Bakelite

a type of hard plastic that was used especially in the 1930s and 1940s for making things such as radios and telephones

Formica

a hard plastic used for covering tables and working areas in kitchens

melamine

noun

hard smooth plastic used for making the surfaces of things such as tables

Perspex

a strong transparent plastic that can be used in doors and windows instead of glass

Plexiglas

Perspex

polystyrene

noun

a very light artificial substance used especially for making containers or to protect the things in a box

polyurethane

noun

a type of plastic used for making things such as paint and rubber

PVC

noun

polyvinyl chloride: a type of plastic used for making clothes, shoes, water pipes etc

Styrofoam

a type of polystyrene

Teflon

a type of plastic often put on pans to prevent food from sticking to them

uPVC

noun

unplasticized polyvinyl chloride: very strong plastic used for making window frames and other parts of buildings

vinyl

noun

a light strong plastic used for making many different things

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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a woman in middle age who has to juggle caring for teenage children and ageing parents with a career

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