Are you listening?
Yes I am.
Exactly how do you mean?
There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?
Yes, I will.
Enough said. That’s a deal. – The Graduate (1967)
Ubiquity & Mystery
When it comes to plastics, there are typically two narratives that dominate the conversation: one of ubiquity and one of mystery. Hopefully, this blog post will eradicate the latter.
This comical 1967 scene from The Graduate takes place after plastics had already penetrated many different industries like the textile industry. The commercialization of plastics occurred much earlier during World War II when natural sources of latex, wool, silk, and other materials were cut off, making the use of synthetics critical. During this time period, we saw the use of nylon, acrylic, neoprene, SBR, polyethylene, and many more polymers take the place of natural materials that were no longer available. Yet this scene capitalizes on the overwhelming feeling that plastics’ potential is exceedingly endless. (more…)