Polymers: Ecological & Social Footprint

Test yourself

Ecological & Social Footprint

Ecological issues in the design and manufacture of products.

Illustrative background for Ecological issuesIllustrative background for Ecological issues ?? "content

Ecological issues

  • Polymers are made from crude oil.
  • Crude oil is a non-renewable source.
    • This means there are ecological issues involved in the manufacture and use of polymers.
Illustrative background for Sea life and wildlifeIllustrative background for Sea life and wildlife ?? "content

Sea life and wildlife

  • Digging for oil can have an impact on sea life and wildlife.
    • Drilling and transporting oil can allow oil to leak into the ocean.
  • Plastic pollution in the ocean means plastic is in our food chain.
    • Plastic particles are found in fish.
Illustrative background for Plastic pollutionIllustrative background for Plastic pollution ?? "content

Plastic pollution

  • Plastic pollution is a major issue for the world.
    • Plastics take a long time to biodegrade.
Illustrative background for Recycling plasticsIllustrative background for Recycling plastics ?? "content

Recycling plastics

  • Thermoforming plastics can be recycled.
    • Recycling plastic is better for the environment.
  • Thermosetting plastics cannot be recycled.

Jump to other topics

1Core Technical Principles

2Paper & Board: Specialist Technical Principles

3Timber: Specialist Technical Principles

4Metal: Specialist Technical Principles

5Polymers: Specialist Technical Principles

6Textiles: Specialist Technical Principles

7Designing & Making Principles

Go student ad image

Unlock your full potential with GoStudent tutoring

  • Affordable 1:1 tutoring from the comfort of your home

  • Tutors are matched to your specific learning needs

  • 30+ school subjects covered

Book a free trial lesson