Fighting hunger and thirst

According to the UN, almost 700 million people around the globe do not have enough to eat – about nine percent of the world population. The climate change and now also the COVID-19 pandemic are further aggravating the malnutrition in many regions. In contrast, water resources and fertile soil are limited. However, plastics can produce relief by contributing to increase the efficiency of agricultural production and improve the quality of agricultural products; and by enabling the access to clean drinking water in many ways.

Helping and healing

Medical engineering increasingly relies on plastics when it comes to implants and applications inside the human body. For this purpose, molecular research meanwhile designs targeted plastics with manifold characteristics. This sets new standards in the application and manufacturing of such medical products.

Pioneers

With their versatile properties and numerous possible applications, polymers are already making our vehicles more efficient and safer, more comfortable and more beautiful – and tomorrow’s mobility possible in the first place. Plastics make their contribution from the roof to under the hood – and of course not only in cars, but also in trains, buses and airplanes.

Indispensable

In times of Coronavirus, plastics prove once again their importance for our lives. Without the usage of plastics, there would be no viable way to cope with the current pandemic. But let’s be a bit more specific: Which applications are we actually talking about when highlighting the material’s contributions against COVID-19?

Plastics

Very light and robust, highly moldable, particularly sustainable – various good properties make plastics the material of choice. Discovered 100 years ago, the possibilities are far from exhausted – especially when it comes to recycling this valuable material. A wide range of successful approaches exists already.

Industries & areas of life

Whether in the car, on the laptop or in our own four walls: Plastics accompany us at every turn. They provide innovations, make life safer, healthier, more comfortable and more environmentally friendly in many important areas – and have done so for 100 years.

Sustainable production

Producing plastics requires a lot of energy and raw materials like crude oil. However, this releases greenhouse gases. The German plastics industry wants to tackle this problem and intends achieve a climate-neutral production by 2050. The ideas and technologies necessary for reaching this goal have been developed already.

100 years of plastics

Unlimited possibilities for the future

 

They make cars lighter and more economical. They make for handy smartphones and comfortable living. They help in medicine and keep food fresh: plastics.

The success story of this versatile material began 100 years ago – when the German scientist and Nobel Prize winner Hermann Staudinger launched macromolecular chemistry with a groundbreaking paper. In the meantime, there are many different types of plastics with very different properties for practically any aspect of life. And researchers and manufacturers are opening up ever more possible uses – especially to meet major challenges such as urbanisation, feeding the world’s growing population and combating climate change. In short: plastics are indispensable for shaping a sustainable future worth living.

Science and industry have made it their mission to make Staudinger’s legacy fit for the future – read here how plastics make life better and sustainable.

 

100 years of plastics

Unlimited possibilities for the future – month after month

With the publication of a research article in 1920, Hermann Staudinger laid the foundation of modern polymer science. By then, no one imagined the success story it would trigger: Plastics have long since made our everyday lives easier, promoted medical progress and are important enabler for renewable energies. Until the end of 2021, the Macromolecular Chemistry Division of the Association of German Chemists (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker e. V.), PlasticsEurope Deutschland e. V. and several plastics manufacturers will be presenting exciting areas of application for the material.

Fighting hunger and thirst

Fighting hunger and thirst

Plastics improve food supply 100 years of plastics – this also includes important innovations for the agricultural sector. The accurate use of various types of plastic protects sensitive arable crops and secures the food supply for large parts of the population –...

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Helping and healing

Helping and healing

Plastics have become indispensable in medicine More than half of all medical products manufactured worldwide are made of plastics. The specific requirements in medicine put plastic materials in a monopoly position in some areas such as in dialysis, blood bags, and...

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Pioneers

Pioneers

Plastics for the mobility of today and (beyond) tomorrow Plastics are the material of unlimited possibilities. Wherever they are used, they make a tangible contribution to our quality of life. And they ensure that we can be resource-efficiently mobile - even if this...

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Plastics during the Pandemic

Plastics during the Pandemic

Plastics during the Pandemic In times of Coronavirus, plastics prove once again their importance for our lives. Without the usage of plastics, there would be no viable way to cope with the current pandemic. But let's be a bit more specific: Which applications are we...

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In the light of the new findings of macromolecular chemistry, the miracle of life reveals its chemical side”

Hermann Staudinger

(* 1881; † 1965), founder of macromolecular chemistry

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