Environmental guide to synthetic fibers
Even though the material (as all plastics) is artificially produced from crude oil gasoline, it is a relatively clean production without extensive use of chemicals and water.
Greenpeace has developed a pyramid of plastics. This Pyramid gives a guidance to the characteristics of the main plastics available.
The pyramid is a range of plastics according to their hazardous characteristics. PVC, the most problematic plastic is at the top of the pyramid. The least polluting plastic in the base (PP, PE and Bio plastics).
The range in the pyramid can change depending on the use of toxic additives. Also the use of toxic lamination (printing) can change the position.
In Re-bag ® we have focus on non toxic printing and lamination.
Greenpeace Pyramid for plastic
- Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and other halogenated plastics
- Polyurethane (PU), Polystyrene (PS), Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), Polycarbonate (PC)
- Polyethylene-terephthalate (PET)
- Polyolefins (PE,PP, etc.)
- Biobased Polymers (Bioplastics)
The very best thing we can do to make the bags environmental friendly is to use the reusable bags again and again and again... it's all about our behaviour.