About this Chemical

  • Polycarbonate is a type of plastic that is clear, lightweight, heat resistant, and shatter resistant. This unique combination of attributes makes polycarbonate a material for a wide variety of applications, many of them involving direct contact with foods and beverages.
  • Because of its toughness, polycarbonate also is used for a variety of other everyday products, like eyeglass lenses, consumer electronics, bullet-resistant windows, bicycle helmets and other protective safety equipment.
  • Some plastic products contain trace levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical building block used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. Because of their unique properties, these materials are used in a wide variety of products.
  • For more information – please see BPA in our Library