[ICI, England] The commercial product name for polyethylene when first released by ICI in 1939. Alkathene has since become a commonly used name for the waxy, white, thermoplastic polymer that can be injection molded into numerous shapes. Kitchenware items made of Alkathene were popular in the 1950s (see also Tupperware®).
Synonyms and Related Terms
Alkathene® [Qenos]; polyethylene
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
- Website address 1 Comment: History of Plastics at http://www.mlaust.com/HistoryofPlastics.shtml