Making with plastic

Plastic is a great material for making things. Many plastics can be shaped when hot, and go hard when they cool down again.

Shaping plastics is called moulding. Each of these things is moulded differently - use the links to find out how:

Washing-up bowls, plant pots and yoghurt pots are made by extrusion moulding

Plastic washing-up bowl

Flexible things like plastic gloves are made
by dipping a mould into hot plastic


Plastic bottles are made by a process
called blow-moulding


Plastic pipes are made
by another extrusion moulding process

Plastic pipes


When you have looked at all four, check out biodegradable plastics