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Eco-profiles and Life Cycle Analyses

Trinseo contributed to the creation of eco-profiles for plastic products in both Europe and North America to help the downstream industries make well-informed product decisions.

Life Cycle

In order to determine the potential environmental impact associated with various plastics materials, it is important to collect and analyze data from multiple sources so that an accurate eco-profile of each material can be created.

Beginning in 1990, the Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe (now PlasticsEurope) pioneered the first eco-profiles for virtually all types of plastics materials. The Trinseo businesses played a key role in collecting and contributing cradle-to-gate data for its polystyrene and polycarbonate resins. Energy and raw materials used, water consumption, emissions, and waste are just some of the variables analyzed to create each eco-profile. 

In 1999, Trinseo’s Latex business supported the creation of eco-profiles in the production of latex polymer dispersions in association with the European Polymer Dispersion and Latex Association (a sector group of the European Chemical Industry Council, or Cefic). An updated eco-profile was released in 2012. 

More recently, Trinseo was instrumental in the establishment of cradle.to-gate life cycle inventories for The Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council.

Product Organization Year
Polycarbonate PlasticsEurope 2010
Bisphenol A PlasticsEurope 2010
ABS PlasticsEurope 2005
SAN PlasticsEurope 2005
Polystyrene (GPPS)  PlasticsEurope 2012
Polystyrene (HIPS) PlasticsEurope 2012
SB Latex EPDLA 2012
SA Latex EPDLA 2012
Styrene  PlasticsEurope 2012
Polybutadiene PlasticsEurope 2005