Timeline created by cmcmonkey
  • 1869

    The first plastic is invented by Alexander Parkes
  • 1907

    Baekelite is made; from a resin from coal tar by Leo Baekeland
  • 1920

    PVC or polyvinyl chloride was invented by Waldo Semon and Eugen Baumann in efforts to reduce the use of natural rubber.
  • 1933

    Polyethylene is the most common plastic used today and is known as the "everything plastic". It was invented by Erhard Holzkamp.
  • 1939

    Nylon was created and used as a fashion accessory. It was invented by Wallace Carothers
  • 1951

    Dacron was made. It was made by DuPoint. This plastic was used in clothing, bottles, film, tape, canoes, and as finish on high-quality wood.
  • 1954

    Styrofoam is a plastic made of oil and is one of the most commonly used plastics in the world.
  • 1965

    A DePont scientist discovered Kevlar, which is light, flexible, and 5 times as strong as an ounce of steel.
  • 1979

    Fleece is created by Maiden Mills. It does not absorb water and is lightweight
  • 2011

    Plastic eating fungi found.