If it's done the proper way, it's OK
The earth pays the penalty for our type of pollution.
2 meanings: model and type.
Model, as in clay/plaster mold, or cookie-cutter stamp, or (figuratively) as in a social convention or conformity. ('this book is too cliche, it just follows all the rules of the style!').
Type as in blood type, or "new type" (i.e. this year's model of crime-fighting robot).
typical thing of that type.
a model (this is literal! Model, like a snap-tite model car or model train)