Emissions of additives from plastics in the societal material stock – a case study for Sweden
Kapitel i bok, 2011

Estimating the size of the problems related to release, fate, exposure and effects from the human use of chemical substances in materials and consumer products is daunting. More than 100,000 chemical substances are in commercial use and a reasonable description of their existence in, and release from, plastic polymers, glues, paints, fibres, lubricants etc. comprise a big challenge. Here we report the initial results from a generic emission model that has been developed and applied to estimate emissions of a set of organic chemicals from products. The scope of the study was to estimate emissions from products containing plastic materials during their average lifetime within the geographical boundaries of Sweden. The results show that approximately 2% of the plastic additives are emitted annually. Plasticisers, flame retardants, organic pigments and stabilizers are the use categories of additives that are emitted in the largest quantities. Until now, the method has only been used to estimate emissions of additives from plastic materials, but it is believed to also be applicable to other materials.


Diffuse emissions

Material stock


Plastic additives


Emission model


Tomas Rydberg

Jenny Westerdahl

Elisabeth Hallberg

Andreas Öman

Patrik Andersson

Peter Haglund

Tomas Holmgren

Filippa Fuhrman

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Miljösystemanalys

Sverker Molander

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Miljösystemanalys

Johan Tivander

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Miljösystemanalys


Hållbar utveckling


Övrig annan teknik

Övrig annan samhällsvetenskap


Grundläggande vetenskaper