Strategies for Identifying Safer Alternatives to Plasticizers
The solution to hazardous plasticizers like DEHP is not necessarily another plasticizer. The figure to the left from the Plastics Scorecard identifies five solutions to the use of chemicals of concern in plastics. Companies, for example, are eliminating hazardous plasticizers by avoiding the use of PVC plastic, which consumes 80-90% of all plasticizers. This in turn avoids the life cycle concerns with PVC, including the use of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) in manufacturing and the formation of dioxins from burning PVC (VCM and dioxins are both known human carcinogens).