The Plasticity exhibition looks at the influence, effects and future of plastic, a world-changing material that was discovered a century ago by Leo Baekeland. The exhibition displays some important plastic products, from nylon stockings to Tupperware, and examines what the future might hold as we enter an age of increasing environmental awareness.
The exhibition has four sections:
The Birth of Plastics – Baekeland’s invention and the rapid spread of plastics as a useful material.
Plastic Dreams – the widespread use of plastics since their introduction, and the properties and uses of key plastics including polythene, polyurethane, polyester, nylon and acrylic.
Plastics Now – plastics today and the environmental implications of their use.
Plastic Futures – cutting-edge prototype products and expert views about new sources of plastics, and new ways to reduce waste and use plastics more responsibly.
South Kensington (District, Circle and Piccadilly lines)