While the green blogger is still in the midst of an after-Christmas haze, here is an interesting new video from Dow Chemical about their new Ecolibrium bio-based plasticizers, which are said to be phthalate-free, for wire insulation and jacketing. The plasticizers are said to be made from nearly 100% renewable feedstocks. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any information on what particular feedstock it is made from.
An article from Modern Plastics indicated that the impact of the green plasticizer on a cable’s total cost is expected to be small, with a worst case of a roughly 15% premium for B&C cable and wiring. For a residential home, such a premium translates to about $50/home.