Posts tagged: Xylonite

X is for Xylonite

I’m running out of people whose names begin with X for my ABC Wednesday contributions and so this week I will be writing about a something, rather than a someone, and that something is Xylonite.

In 1967, Mr McGuire had ‘just one word’ for Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate and that one word was ‘plastics’, the implication being that these manmade materials were the future for success in business, but in fact plastics had already been around for more than a century, thanks to Alexander Parkes and his invention of Xylonite, the first thermoplastic, in 1856. Read more ›››