PlasticsScorecard_200x200_200_259_80Ann Blake, PhD of Environmental & Public Health Consulting and Mark Rossi, PhD, co-director of Clean Production Action have co-authored the Plastics Scorecard V1.0: Evaluating the Chemical Footprint of Plastics:

The Plastics Scorecard v.1.0 offers the first comprehensive method for assessing and reducing chemicals of high concern in plastics.

“From baby bottles made with BPA to medical devices made with DEHP, plastics are a surprising source of exposure to chemicals of high concern to human health and the environment,” said Ann Blake, PhD, co-author of the report and Principal at Environmental & Public Health Consulting. “Forward looking businesses are looking closely at plastics for chemicals that may be subject to future regulations or consumer scrutiny.”

The Plastics Scorecard was designed as a tool to help purchasers choose safer plastics, and catalyze manufacturers to reduce the number and volume of chemicals of high concern used in manufacturing plastics and in the plastic products themselves.

The Plastics Scorecard was designed as a tool to help purchasers choose safer plastics, and catalyze manufacturers to reduce the number and volume of chemicals of high concern used in manufacturing plastics and in the plastic products themselves.

“Plastics are possibly the largest contributor of any material to the toxic chemical economy. For example, plastics consume 96% of global Bisphenol A (BPA) production,” said Mark Rossi, PhD, co-director of Clean Production Action and co-author of the report. “If we are ever to attain a green chemistry economy, we need to shift plastics manufacturing to chemicals of low concern to human health and the environment.”