Environmental Technical Briefs – Polymers


Environmental Technical Briefs of Common Packaging Materials – Polymers

Environmental Technical Briefs of Common Packaging Materials provide information on the environmental impacts of production and use of materials commonly used for packaging. The 60-page brief on Polymers covers Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE), Polypropylene (PP), Polystyrene (PS), and Polylactic Acid (PLA).

Each material profile describes the predominant manufacturing processes in North America, resource inputs, and associated cradle-to-gate emissions. Key production data include energy intensity, greenhouse gas (GHG), water consumption, emissions to air and water, and solid waste. In addition, each brief reviews the material’s sustainability profile based on use and the potential end-of-life patterns.

Released January 2010


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Adam Gendell
Associate Director, Sustainable Packaging Coalition
434.817.1424 x321