💚 Fingers Crossed for Banning Plastics 🥤

💚 Fingers Crossed for Banning Plastics 🥤

Dennis Kamprad

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Do you know what’s even better than mitigating plastic pollution?

Ensuring that less plastic is produced in the first place!

And that’s exactly what could be happening with a potential ban coming up next year 🤞

Before sharing this main story with you, I’m already crossing my fingers that this initiative—and many more similar ones—will become reality very soon.

So, let’s get right into it!

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🥤Potential Ban on PVC: A Step Toward Healthier and Safer Environments

1️⃣ The big picture: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has initiated a review that could lead to a ban on the production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic. This review is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to addressing environmental and toxic exposures under President Joe Biden’s “Cancer Moonshot” initiative. PVC, made using vinyl chloride, a human carcinogen, is used in a wide range of products, from water lines and house siding to vinyl records and bathtub toys. This review marks a significant move towards understanding and potentially eliminating a material that poses health and environmental risks.

2️⃣ Why is this good news: The potential ban on PVC production is a crucial step in reducing exposure to harmful chemicals. Vinyl chloride, the key component in PVC, has been linked to various health risks, including cancer. Despite its ban in several products since 1974, its continued use in PVC manufacturing raises concerns about long-term health and environmental impacts. A ban on PVC could lead to safer alternatives and reduce the risk of contamination and exposure to toxic substances, particularly for workers and communities near chemical facilities.

3️⃣ What’s next: The EPA’s review process, expected to last about a year, includes a public comment period and will culminate in a decision by December 2024. The outcomes could range from maintaining the status quo to imposing additional restrictions or a complete ban on PVC in the United States. This process opens a dialogue on the safety and sustainability of PVC and its alternatives, potentially leading to significant changes in manufacturing practices and material usage. The review also highlights the need for balancing industry interests with public health and environmental protection, a challenge that will shape future policies and regulations in the chemical industry.

Related: Join the race to end plastic pollution and support one of the 9 Best Charities That Fight to End Plastic Pollution!

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💭 Quote of the Week

“Sustainability is no longer about doing less harm. It’s about doing more good.”

― Jochen Zeitz; German businessman serving as the president, CEO, and chairman of the board of Harley-Davidson

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