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UL Environment to Develop Sustainability Standards For Plastic
Date:2/8/2010

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- UL Environment, Inc. (ULE), a global leader in environmental evaluation and certification, announces a collaborative effort to develop sustainability standards for plastic materials used in consumer and manufactured goods.  These standards will establish environmental requirements for common plastics based on scientific assessment and broad stakeholder collaboration.  

This year, more than 300 million tons of plastic will be produced and ten percent of all generated waste will be plastic—much of which ends up existing in landfills for centuries. Evidence is mounting that some chemicals in plastic pose health risks when absorbed by humans through food, water, air, dust and contact with consumer products.  Environmentally preferable plastics can lead to fewer harmful chemical emissions being released in our environment.

"By developing standards for environmentally preferable plastics, we have an enormous opportunity to affect the sustainability of materials and consumer products that affect our daily lives," said Stephen Wenc, president of UL Environment, Inc.  "With more than a century of experience developing standards for safety, UL is uniquely positioned to lead efforts for the development of standards that support plastics that are better for people and the environment."

ULE's sustainability standards will consider environmental elements such as the use of bio-based materials, the use of recycled content, process chemistries and emissions.  The standards will apply to thermoplastic, thermosetting, and elastomeric polymeric materials, and include the types of plastics used to make grocery bags, computers, sports equipment, toys, automotive parts, office furniture and construction materials.  

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