Identification route map

This route map has been designed to signpost you towards identifying the materials of which objects in your collection might be made. It is made for people with little or no knowledge of plastics or the manufacturing processes associated with them.

The chart can be downloaded in pdf form below or can be used online.

The following materials are included:

  • Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
  • Bois durci
  • Casein formaldehyde
  • Cellulose acetate
  • Cellulose nitrate
  • Hard vulcanised rubber
  • High density polyethylene
  • Low density polyethylene
  • Melamine formaldehyde
  • Phenol formaldehyde
  • Polyamide
  • Polycarbonate
  • Polyethylene terephthalate
  • Polymethyl methacrylate
  • Polypropylene
  • Polystyrene
  • Polyvinyl chloride (plasticised and unplasticised)
  • Urea formaldehyde

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