Press release
August 22, 2012

PLEXIGLAS®: durable, ecological and recyclable

Sign Africa 2012, Johannesburg, Evonik at hall 2, level 2, booth no. N11-20

  • PLEXIGLAS® is durable and can be completely recycled
  • Eco-balance to DIN ISO 14040 ff for PLEXIGLAS®
  • PLEXIGLAS® burns without smoke and without releasing acutely toxic gases 

Many plastics show visible yellowing in the course of time. That is why a 10-year guarantee of transparency is the norm in the world of plastics. PLEXIGLAS® is different: Evonik guarantees that clear-transparent sheets will remain free from yellowing for 30 years. Where other transparent plastic sheets have to be exchanged twice after their original installation within this period of time, PLEXIGLAS® remains almost unchanged and therefore makes a major contribution to conserving resources. This was also one of the outstanding points in its favor in the recently performed life cycle assessment (eco-balance).

The various environmental impacts of PLEXIGLAS® from production to recycling, including its effect on reducing greenhouse gases due to its longevity, were determined and confirmed in this life cycle assessment (eco-balance) in accordance with DIN ISO 14040ff. PLEXIGLAS® can also go a long way toward reducing the ecological footprint during manufacture. Recent calculations point to a CO2 equivalent of 3.8 kg CO2 per kg of molding compound.

Apart from its durability, PLEXIGLAS® is also convincing in terms of recycling. It can be broken down into its original chemical constituents or directly and completely recycled.

Nowadays, corporate decisions focus on the interests of present and future generations, and on economic, ecological and social concerns. It is with this responsibility in mind that we produce PLEXIGLAS® by means of environmentally sound processes.
We ensure that our products are environmentally compatible and contain no harmful substances.
Thus, for example, PLEXIGLAS® is free from hormone-related substances and heavy metals. It contains neither asbestos nor formaldehyde, CFCs, PCB, PCT nor plasticizers. In addition, PLEXIGLAS® complies with the relevant directives for use in toys and packaging.

PLEXIGLAS® also offers effective protection against UV radiation, which is known to cause skin damage at excessive exposure levels. Roofs made from many grades of PLEXIGLAS® have a UV protection factor of UPF 50+.

PLEXIGLAS® is distinguished by its lack of toxicity in the event of a fire. It does not produce any acutely toxic smoke gases or dense smoke, which means that escape and rescue routes remain clearly visible.

Evonik Industries is a worldwide manufacturer of PMMA products sold under the PLEXIGLAS® trademark on the European, Asian, African and Australian continents and under the trademark ACRYLITE® in the Americas.

Company information

Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. Its activities focus on the key megatrends health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalization. Profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company form the heart of Evonik’s corporate strategy. Evonik benefits specifically from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms.

Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal 2011 more than 33,000 employees generated sales of around €14.5 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €2.8 billion.


In so far as forecasts or expectations are expressed in this press release or where our statements concern the future, these forecasts, expectations or statements may involve known or unknown risks and uncertainties. Actual results or developments may vary, depending on changes in the operating environment. Neither Evonik Industries AG nor its group companies assume an obligation to update the forecasts, expectations or statements contained in this release.