Restricting lead in PVC
VinylPlus®, the European PVC industry’s commitment to sustainable development, welcomes today’s publication of the European Commission Regulation restricting lead in PVC under the EU’s REACH regulation.
Circular plastic initiatives in hospitals
January 14th, 2022: In a new critical review, the PVC medical industry strongly warns European policymakers and hospitals against recent PVC paper by NGOs.
Ten years of PROVALIN®
Climate- and environmentally-friendly action and a conscious decision in favor of sustainable packaging are continuing to gain in importance as well as form decisive purchasing criteria. Environmentally-polluting manufacturing and disposal problems are to be minimized in the production of packaging materials and critical components which could migrate from them to food or other filled goods are to be eliminated. For decades now, Actega has been relying on sealant compounds which are free of PVC and plasticizers for beverage and food packaging: since the early 1980s for crown caps and aluminum seals, since 2006 for metal composite seals, 2011 for Twist-Off® seals, and 2016 for P/T seals. In the form of PROVALIN® and ACTGreen® PROVALIN®, the very first alternatives without PVC and phthalates for the last ones were launched onto the market which meet strongest EU guidelines and therefore guarantee a high degree of food safety. Today, PROVALIN® can look back on 10 years of its brand which, although it has had to evolve step by step, is now definitely characterized by success.
Know-how and innovative strength
Two pioneers in the development, launching and marketing of unique PVC- and phthalate-free Twist-Off® seals have set decisive trends for the PVC-free seal market, transformed it into a success story, and laid the groundwork for the future: Actega DS and Pano.
PVC Industry Towards the Circular Economy
VinylPlus, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, recycled 771,313 tonnes of PVC in 2019 - more than 96% of the programme’s 2020 target. The PVC industry is well on track to meet VinylPlus’ ever more challenging recycling targets for 2025, in line with the Circular Economy and the ambition of the Circular Plastics Alliance and EU policy initiatives to encourage recovering, recycling and reusing plastics. VinylPlus’ results are presented in its 2020 Progress Report launched today.
Laoganma – Change to PVC-free closures
Laoganma – also known as Old Godmother – manufactures the most popular chili sauces in China. But not only in China: these products are also exported to the USA, Australia and more than 30 other countries around the world. The company produces and seals no fewer than 1.3 million bottles per day and currently employs more than 4,000 people. And anyone going into a supermarket or restaurant in China is familiar with this brand as it is practically impossible to avoid.
Damages the circular economy in Europe
On the 12th of February 2020, the plenary of the European Parliament adopted a resolution objecting to the European Commission’s proposal to restrict the use of lead in PVC, more specifically on the provisions allowing continued controlled recycling in specific applications. After the vote, EuPC Managing Director Alexandre Dangis stated:
Block for the use of recycled PVC damages
On the 21st of January 2020, the Environment Committee of the European Parliament adopted a resolution objecting to the Commission’s proposal to restrict the use of lead in PVC, more specifically on the provisions allowing continued controlled recycling in specific applications. This decision is not in line with the assessment of the European Chemicals Agency and will seriously damage the circular economy of plastics in Europe.