U.S. Plastics Pact moves to eliminate certain toxic chemicals and materials in plastic packaging
January 25, 2022
Pact includes PVC and polystyrene on list of “problematic and unnecessary” materials, prompts voluntary elimination by 2025
Safer States applauds US Plastics Pact and urges additional action to address toxics in packaging
PORTLAND, OR⸺Today, the US Plastic Pact released their list of “problematic and unnecessary” materials to be eliminated in plastic packaging. The pact includes PVC and polystyrene on the list and prompts voluntary elimination by 2025.
Safer States released the following statement in response to this news:
“We applaud the US Plastic Pact for taking steps to eliminate certain toxic chemicals and materials from plastic packaging. No company should be using carcinogens, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, or immune system suppressors in their packaging. PVC and polystyrene are inherently toxic materials that should no longer be allowed in packaging,” explained Sarah Doll, national director of Safer States. “Much more needs to be done to address the health and justice issues associated with the entire lifecycle of plastic packaging. May the US Plastic Pact's actions be the beginning of a much larger movement towards a truly non-toxic and just circular economy.”
Safer States is an alliance of environmental health coalitions and organizations in states across the country that share a bold and urgent vision to protect people and communities from toxic chemical threats. By harnessing place-based power, Safer States creates innovative solutions that promote safer alternatives and helps prevent harm to people and the environment caused by dangerous chemicals. Working directly with state-based advocacy organizations, Safer States provides support and strategic guidance to advocates as well as a platform for national collaboration and coordination. www.saferstates.org