Polycarbonate (PC) is one of the most widely used engineering thermoplastics. Transparency, excellent toughness, thermal stability, good dimensional stability are some of the properties of PC. Compact discs, riot shields, vandal proof glazing, baby feeding bottles, electrical components, safety helmets and headlamp lenses are all typical applications for PC.
PC is known to contain Bisphenol A (BPA) – an organic compound used in the manufacture of PC and Epoxy resin. There are concerns about the use of BPA in consumer products (especially products used for food storage) and were regularly reported in the news media in 2008 after several governments issued reports questioning its safety. Some retailers even removed products containing BPA from their shelves.
Currently studies are still being carried by FDA, WHO, the European Food Safety Authority, and other agencies from various countries to establish what is the amount of BPA exposure that is considered harmful.
PC is classified under the recycle logo no.7 (others)
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