Where does plastic come from?

Plastics factoryThe plastics factory takes materials from the refinery and converts them into plastic.


The plastic is often made as small pellets.

Plastic pellets can be easily transported and can be made into many different types of things.

Pellets of plastic

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Testing plastic

Scientists must do investigations to check the quality of the plastic. It is very important they are made correctly,

The plastic pellets are tested before they leave the factory.

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Plastic bottles being made

The plastic pellets are melted and made into lots of different things - bottles, trainers, phones...


Trainers, bottle and phone - made from plastic

This machine is making plastic bottles.

They are white. You can see them coming off the mould in a row.

Let's find out how the pellets are made into the products