Thermoplastic polymers are composed of unlinked polymer molecules that have a high molecular weight. When cooled to specific temperature, thermoplastic polymers will have an impressive structural strength and smooth surfaces. When heated, the material will soften and become more elastic. These properties make it ideal for plastic thermoforming, like injection molding.
The most popular thermoplastic polymers are polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride or PVC, polystyrene, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) which is commonly known as Teflon, Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene more readily known as ABS plastic, and polyamide also called Nylon.
Polymers are also easily recycled during and after the manufacturing process. Materials left over from production can be reused at a later date. After processing, thermoplastic items, like beverage bottles and household containers, can be recycled and re-used as reclaimed material.