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Problem Plastic: How Polyester and PET plastic can be unsafe, unjust, and unsustainable materials

This report investigates the impacts of one of the most widely-used plastics, known as PET (for polyethyleneterephthalate) and as “polyester” in its fiber form. While PET is but one of several problematic plastics, it is emblematic of concerns that may exist with all petrochemical plastics.


We chose to closely examine PET (including polyester) because of its major production volume, its reliance on toxic chemicals and plastic additives that can threaten human health, and the mismanagement typical of the end of PET products’ short life-cycle. Like other petrochemical plastics, PET can also contribute to environmental racism and increases greenhouse gas emissions

Herausgeber*in/Autor*in: Defend Our Health; Autor*in: Michael Belliveau, Roopa Krithivasan
Medienart: Hintergrundinformation
Erscheinungsjahr: 2022
Zielgruppe: Student*innen, Erwachsene
Sprache: Englisch
Umfang: 68 Seiten
Bezug: kostenfrei als PDF bei Defend Our Health

Suchbegriffe: Bekleidungsindustrie, Chemikalien, Fasern, Gesundheit, Giftstoffe, Polyester, soziale Verantwortung, textile Kette


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