Scorecard Shows Some Plastics Are “Cleaner” Than Others

Plastics are made from petrochemicals whose environmental profiles are complicated at best. But some stand out as, if not cleaner, at least less dirty.

Plastics such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyester, polypropylene, polycarbonate, and polystyrene have long been common in our building products. The environmental movement has pushed manufacturers to tout durability and recycled content in their products, but a more sophisticated trend is to tout some plastics as being “cleaner” than others. What is a clean plastic?

Almost all plastics are made from chemicals obtained from fossil fuels, many of which are chemicals of high concern, including:

Published October 6, 2014 Permalink