A lot of everyday items are made from polymers. Many of these polymers are not biodegradable - microbes cannot digest them and they take a long time to break down. Polymers are usually disposed of by burying them in landfill sites or burning them in incinerators. These methods of disposal cause environmental problems, and waste valuable resources.
The properties of polymers depend on the structure and bonding found in their molecules. Smart materials such as Gore-Tex® have more useful properties than other polymers.
Polymer properties and uses:
Monomers can join together to form polymers. Additional polymers are formed from alkenes. For example: ethene can polymerise to form polyethene, which is also called polythene styrene can