Day 170

As I am starting to think about adding a plastic toy accessory to my line of stuffed animal toys, I’m just trying to wrap my head around the world of plastics. This is probably so stupid, but I’ve just never thought much about what plastic is, where it comes from, or how is actually made. Spent the day learning.

10 interesting facts about Plastics that I learned after reading the Plastics Scorecard:

1- Most plastics are made from fossil fuels

2- Fossil fuels are barrels of crude oil and cubic feet of natural gas

3- Fossil fuels are refined to create derivative chemicals

4- These chemicals are manipulated to make plastics

5- Not all plastics are the same, different types use different chemical additives at different stages

6- Some chemical additives are harmful and known as Chemicals of High Concern (CoHCs); others are not known to be very harmful

7- Plastics affect workers, local communities, the environment, and the end consumer

8- Generally speaking, if CoHCs are used (let’s say the commonly known BPA), then the plastic is more harmful to all four parts of the chain: workers, local communities, the environment during processing and end of life recycling or disposal, and the end consumer

9- Therefore, doing what is best of end consumer is also better for workers, local communities, and the environment

10- You can choose a plastic that uses less CoHCs and end up with an end product that is safer and less harmful