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Today we are surrounded by products made out of plastic and it’s hard to imagine a world without plastic manufacturers. But how did it all begin and when was the birth of plastics? In 1862 the first man made plastic was displayed at an exhibition in London. The material used to make the first plastic was cellulose. This material could be molded and would retain its shape once it was cooled. In 1869 John Wesley Hyatt an American created a new mixture and this was then used for the next thirty years. After the 1870’s the use of plastics became very common and it was used for multiple purposes including making eyeglass frames, combs, billiard balls, shirt collars, buttons, dentures, and photographic film.Read more