How we make stuff

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What are rubber ducks made from?

Oddly enough, not rubber! The first rubber ducks were made from the sticky sap of rubber trees, but in the 20th century, we started using an incredible substance that doesn’t exist in nature: plastic. Not only is it cheap, plastic is also strong, light, durable and …unsinkable!

Based on the original book ‘How We Make Stuff’ by Christiane Dorion, Templar Publishing, 2012.
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