Crabtree & Evelyn has announced it is speeding up plans to stop using polyvinyl chloride (PVC) packaging products by March 2009. Johnson & Johnson says it will reduce use of PVC packaging by 70% by year-end 2007.
“We are thrilled that both these companies have decided to expand earlier commitments they made,” said Lois Gibbs, executive director of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ), an environmental health advocacy group that has been leading a drive to eliminate packaging or products that use what it calls “the poison plastic.” Ms. Gibbs said studies show links between chemicals created and use during the PVC lifecycle and cancer, reproductive and immune system damage, and asthma.
Since CHEJ and other environmental health organizations have campaigned against PVC, dozens of companies have made commitments to cut down on or eliminate the use of PVC packaging materials and products. They include Adidas, Aveda, Bath and Body Works, the Body Shop, Gerber, Hewlett-Packard, Ikea, Mattel, Microsoft, Nike, Samsung, S.C. Johnson, Victoria’s Secret and over 100 healthcare organizations.