Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Vinyl Polymers

  • Vinyl polymers are the most common type of plastic.
  • Like all plastic materials, vinyl results from a series of processing steps that convert hydrocarbon-based raw materials (petroleum, natural gas or coal) into unique synthetic products called polymers.
  • The vinyl polymer is unusual, however, because it is based only in part on hydrocarbon feedstocks: ethylene obtained by processing, or cracking, natural gas or petroleum.
  • The other half of the vinyl polymer is based on the natural element chlorine.

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