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Plastics: Durable, Diverse, and Indestructible

Processing can turn the same plastic into very different products.

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Through a series of lab experiments, "Beyond the Elements" host David Pogue learns that there are tens of thousands of grades of plastics, each tailored for a specific purpose. What do we do with them when their job is finished?

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