Welcome to Plastics Facts, where you can find all the answers to your burning questions about plastics, such as: is this bottle safe for me to drink from? What happens to all the plastics in my trashcan that can't be recycled?
In each section above you will find articles and commentary on important topics pertaining to the environmental landscape of the plastic world we live in. We have attempted to separate fact from fiction but we welcome your comments, questions and feedback!
This site is created and managed by the Sobkowicz Kline research group in the Plastics Engineering Department at University of Massachusetts Lowell. Professor Sobkowicz Kline has a research interest and personal mission to communicate the truth about the health, safety and sustainability of polymeric materials.
Meg Sobkowicz Kline holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and Colorado School of Mines, respectively. She joined UMass Lowell in the Plastics Engineering department in 2011. Her teaching interests include fundamentals of engineering transport and thermodynamics, as well as renewable, biobased materials and sustainability. Her research is focused on processing solutions for biobased plastics and electronic polymers.
This site is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, CMMI-1350445