10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Plastic And How It Changed Our World

Synthetic plastic was first invented by Leo Baekeland in 1907, and since then has become one of the most mass-produced items in the entire world. Ranging from thin pieces of plastic that we use to carry things, to other plastics that house items such as food, drink and other consumables, the world would be lost without plastic. However, with all the good and usefulness that comes from plastic, there are many, many more bad things that come from the material. Did you know that Henry Ford once created a car made entirely of plastic that ran on ethanol? Read on to find out some more interesting facts about plastic you never knew!

Henry Ford

In 1941, the founder of Ford, Henry Ford, made a car out of only hemp and soybean plastic that ran on ethanol.


Have you heard of Galalith? It’s a type of plastic that can be made just from milk. It is biodegradable, odorless and nonflammable, however cannot be molded after it has set.