Plastic Identification Tool

Plastics in museum collections need special care. They often show problems during storage and exhibition, such as discolouration, efflorescence, tackiness and crumbling. To anticipate problems and preserve plastic containing objects under appropriate conditions, identification of the plastics is crucial.

This online Plastic Identification Tool helps identify plastics in artworks, or at least traces them to main groups of plastics. For the best identification result, this tool is accompanied by a workshop and a set of boxes with different plastics; the PIT kit.