Calls for boycott of PVC packaging

8 Jul 2012

According to a press release by TPCH, ‘almost 40 percent of PVC packaging of products tested, sold by discount retail chains, was found to violate state toxics laws… These packages contained cadmium or lead, which are restricted by laws in 19 states due to toxicity.’

Nineteen US States that prohibit the sale or distribution of packaging containing intentionally added cadmium, lead, mercury, and hexavalent chromium, and set limits on the incidental concentration of these materials in packaging. The purpose? To prevent the use of toxic heavy metals in packaging materials that enter landfills, incinerators, recycling streams, and ultimately, the environment. The TPCH claims that 61 flexible PVC packaging samples were screened using XRF technology. 39% of the packaging samples failed the screening test for cadmium and in one instance, also for lead. All the failed packaging samples were imported, mostly from China.

Packaging that failed was used for children’s products, pet supplies, personal care, household items, home furnishings, hardware, and apparel.

The Center for Health Environment and Justice is encouraging a boycott of PVC and vinyl packaging by suggesting the shoppers look for the number “3” inside or the letter “V” underneath the universal recycling symbol. ‘If it is, that means it’s made out of the poison plastic. That’s why we say Bad News Comes in 3′s – Don’t Buy PVC!,’ say the organisation.

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Calls for boycott of PVC packaging

8 Jul 2012

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A report by the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse and reported by the US based Center for Health Environment and Justice claims that elevated levels of toxic cadmium and lead has been found in PVC packaging which is sold by discount retailers.

According to a press release by TPCH, ‘almost 40 percent of PVC packaging of products tested, sold by discount retail chains, was found to violate state toxics laws… These packages contained cadmium or lead, which are restricted by laws in 19 states due to toxicity.’

Nineteen US States that prohibit the sale or distribution of packaging containing intentionally added cadmium, lead, mercury, and hexavalent chromium, and set limits on the incidental concentration of these materials in packaging with an aim of preventing the use of toxic heavy metals in packaging materials that enter landfills, incinerators, recycling streams, and ultimately, the environment.  The TPCH claims that 61 flexible PVC packaging samples were screened using XRF technology. 39% of the packaging samples failed the screening test for cadmium and in one instance, also for lead. All the failed packaging samples were imported into the USA, mostly from China.

Packaging that failed was used for children’s products, pet supplies, personal care, household items, home furnishings, hardware, and apparel.

The Center for Health Environment and Justice is encouraging a boycott of PVC and vinyl packaging by suggesting the shoppers look for the number “3” inside or the letter “V” underneath the universal recycling symbol.   ‘If it is, that means it’s made out of the poison plastic.  That’s why we say Bad News Comes in 3′s – Don’t Buy PVC!,’ say the organisation.

 

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