The term “plastic” is derived from the Greek word “plastikos”, meaning fit for moulding. This refers to the material’s malleability, or plasticity during manufacture, which allows it to be cast, pressed, or extruded into a variety of shapes – such as films, fibres, plates, tubes, bottles, boxes, and much more.
Plastics are organic materials, just like wood, paper or wool. The raw materials used to produce plastics are natural products such as cellulose, coal, natural gas, salt and, of course, crude oil. (Source: Plastics Europe)