Issues relating to sustainability and the creation of plastics from renewable sources came to the fore in this decade

2000 - Tate Modern opens

2001 - First iPod goes on sale

2001 - 9/11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers

2002 - The Queen Mother dies

2003 - Queen Elizabther II's Golden Jubilee

2005 - Nasa explores the advantages of a polyethylene-based material, RXF1, for the space-ship that will send men to Mars

2005 - Same sex Civil Partnership introduced in the UK

2007 - Tate Britain's Christmas tree decorated with plastic Airfix planes

2008 - Heathrows terminal 5 opens