In the past, when talking about environmental responsibility, plastic was a taboo word. The fact is, not all plastics are alike. Case in point: polypropylene (PP).
PP has long been used in a variety of applications such as packaging and stationery products. It’s known for its durability, high tensile strength and heat tolerance. But PP also offers many environmental advantages as well.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), polypropylene is considered a safer choice than many other types of plastics. It has an EPA Safer Chemical Ingredients classification, which is a program that indicates which products are safer for human health and the environment, as well as those that reduce, eliminate or prevent pollution at its source. Additionally, polypropylene is known to be human safe, and it doesn’t generate toxic gases when burned.
Polypropylene also has a relatively low carbon footprint, transmitting the lowest carbon dioxide emissions compared to other plastics, particularly polyethylene and polycarbonate.
A long competitor of PVC, PP is gaining strong momentum as the preferred laminate for furniture and flooring. PP emits no toxins and has excellent wear characteristics. With PVC no longer an option in some countries due to its harmful chlorine emissions, PP has become the natural choice.
Post usage, polypropylene materials generate fewer waste products in disposal. Additionally, polypropylene is fully recyclable in some streams, reducing its place in a landfill at the end of its life.
Profol has been producing polypropylene film for more than 40 years. As consumer and environmental triggers continue to develop, so do our products and manufacturing practices.
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