But carbon is not the only showcase material when it comes to weight reduction. Polypropylene, melamine and other plastics are also a relief for people with disabilities. In the form of cups or dishes, these plastics can be found in many kitchens, because they are not only suitable for children, but also for people who have little strength in their hands and therefore cannot lift anything heavy. Plastic makes it easy for them - and should a cup slip out of your hand, the plastic is happy to forgive, because it is resilient and keeps its shape.
Apart from its light weight, plastic has another property that it shares with very few other things in the world: It can be transparent. And that can be an important feature for people with hearing impairments, especially in pandemic situations. After all, if everyone wears an opaque mask, they can no longer see their counterpart's facial expressions and lip movements - but that's a crucial criterion for them to be able to communicate. This is where polypropylene, TPE and silicone come in handy. Together, they form a transparent mask that allows these important communication components to still be seen.
From big inventions to small everyday objects, plastic is a true all-rounder when it comes to making life easier for people with disabilities.