Most of us have probably played with or experienced the shocking effects (sorry I had to) of static electricity– a small jolt of electricity in reaching to turn on a light switch, or when the hair on your head stands on end after taking off your hat. The phenomenon of static electricity occurs as a result of an imbalance between positive and negative charges in an object. These charges can build up on the surface of an object until they are released or discharged – remember the shock?
In plastic, the build-up of static can present challenges including dust build up, static discharge, and even the damage of packaged goods. To help combat this, additives can be added to the plastic sheet to helps reduce the amount of static build up. Continue reading to learn more about how anti-static additives are used in plastic.