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Esters have 3 main uses:

1) As solvents e.g. glues.


2) As plasticisers e.g. in PVC.


3) In perfumes.

Esters as solvents:




1) They're good solvents because:

1) They're polar which means any other polar molecules can dissolve in Esters.

Esters as plasticisers:




1) They're good plasticisers because?

They allow the plastics to gain flexible properties - however over time the esters evaporate leaving the plastics to be rigid again.

Esters as perfumes:




1) They're good perfumes because?

1) They smell good.