Going Places

Plastics are helping to drive advances in fuel efficiency, safety and comfort in cars, buses, trains, planes – and of course bicycles! Innovative materials such as carbon fiber reinforced plastic are increasingly used to build strong but lightweight vehicles. Plastic fabrics and foam make your ride more comfortable. And plastic seatbelts and airbags are key contributors to passenger safety.

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Professor Plastic: Carbon Fiber Car Components—What’s That Got to Do with Plastics?

Professor Plastic has two words for you: carbon fiber. When planning and building our new cars, automakers are increasingly turning to carbon fiber!

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Plastics in Motion

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Hit the Road Jack: Plastics and Road Trips!

The iconic road trip is as American as apple pie. Countless families love (and loathe) the annual minivan trek to “grandma’s house.” And what group of college buddies hasn’t piled into a hatchback to cheer on their squad at a big away game?

So before you hit the open road, check out some important ways plastics make that road trip possible. From lighter car components that decrease weight for increased fuel efficiency, to handy, airtight packaging that helps keep road snacks fresh and within easy reach of the steering wheel.

Bumper to backseat, plastics provides amazing benefits, so dive in and follow our new travel correspondents on their journeys to find out how they utilize plastics to make their summer road adventures better than ever!

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When shopping for a car, you probably weigh lots of features—cost, reliability, performance, color, and so on—but you probably don’t think much about the many roles plastics play in today’s autos. Plastics in Autos Since the 1950s, plastics increasingly have been used to make cars lighter and more agile—and today plastics are playing an even…