What are chemicals used in plastics

Pollutants in plastic

Some of these additives are harmful to health. Good to know which plastic you are dealing with! To do this, you can use the recycling codes that plastic products are often labeled with as a guide.

  • Products: plastic bags, food packaging, medical devices, seat covers and much more.
  • Products: beverage crates, plastic bottles, kitchen utensils, plastic bags, foils, plastic tubes and much more.
  • Products: beverage crates, plastic bottles, kitchen utensils, plastic bags, foils, plastic tubes and much more.
  • Rigid PVC products: drainage pipes, window profiles, and much more.
  • Soft PVC products: floor coverings, children's toys, hoses, artificial leather, vinyl wallpaper, roofing membranes, floating tires, seals and much more.
  • Problems: PVC causes serious health and environmental problems from production to disposal. Soft PVC releases harmful plasticizers. Recycling is problematic due to the large number of additives, and incineration can produce toxic dioxins.
  • Products: Styrofoam, yoghurt pots, insulation of electrical cables, switch housings, packaging films and much more.
  • Problems: Recycling is difficult and incineration problematic.
  • Products: textile fiber elastane, polyurethane foam (mattresses, car seats, seating, kitchen sponges, insulating materials, etc.)
  • Problems: Recycling is difficult and incineration is very problematic - formation of dioxins!
  • Products: polyester fibers, beverage bottles, packaging for cosmetics and food and much more.
  • Problems: PET releases harmful acetaldehyde and antimony trioxide into the liquid over time. In addition, researchers at the University of Frankfurt am Main have discovered that hormonally active substances can migrate from PET bottles into the water.
  • Products: microwave dishes, CD cases, drinking bottles, etc.
  • Problems: The hormonally active substance bisphenol A (BPA) is released from polycarbonate. BPA has been linked to disorders of sexual and brain development.

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