US group releases environmental scorecard for plastics

30 September 2009 19:34  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--A new plastics rating system is intended to make it easier for product designers and buyers to decide which plastics are best for human health and the environment over their life cycle, a US green chemistry group said on Wednesday.

“As more and more consumers demand products that do not include toxic chemicals, companies, governments and environmental organisations need a way to assess the environmental preferability of the various alternatives,” said Mark Rossi, research director for Clean Production Action.

The draft Plastics Scorecard, which will be available for comment through the end of the year, assigns an overall grade from F to A+ to a plastic, based on criteria related to feedstock production, resin production and product usage and end of life.

In the draft assessment, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) received a failing grade, and polypropylene (PP) and polylactic acid (PLA) received an A-.

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) was marked down to a C- mainly because of its use of antimony trioxide as a catalyst.

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