The German Federal States of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein recently submitted a joint motion to the German Federal Government demanding that the use of bisphenol A (BPA) should be banned in the production of materials that come into contact with food. According to a press release published by the Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the ban should not only apply to packaging materials used for food, but also for plastic cups and lunch boxes.

This political initiative is contrary to the position of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). In February 2015, for example, the BfR published a comprehensive FAQ on BPA in consumer products in which it supports the scientific evaluation of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) with regard to a reassessment of BPA. The EFSA paper states that, according to the latest scientific findings and current consumer exposure, BPA does not pose a risk to the health of any age group, including unborn children, infants and young adults.

PlasticsEurope, the Association of Plastics Manufacturers, has published an environmental product declaration for the plasticiser DINP on its website. The study, which was commissioned by the European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates (ECPI) and conducted by PE International, is based on data from the three DINP manufacturers BASF SE, Evonik Industries AG and ExxonMobil Chemical Holland BV, which cover a total of 90% of European product capacity.

At the end of April, VinylPlus presented its latest Progress Report during this year’s PVC Sustainability Forum in Cannes, France. With 481,081 tons of PVC recycling in 2014, the sustainability program run by the European PVC industry has yet again registered a record total and continues to be well on its way towards achieving its declared recycling target of 800,000 tons a year by 2020. The presentation of the initiative at the event additionally yet again reinforced the industry’s commitment towards reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by the European PVC value chain.

Page 52 of the current May/June issue of the Germanwings in-flight magazine shows the new „PVC IS STRONG“ ad for the Soft PVC Communication Campaign by AGPU Media. According to media data, this edition of the magazine will reach a readership of around three million passengers with a high share of business travellers of nearly 42 percent. The Germanwings magazine can be found on every seat on board of all aircrafts.

The new advertisement design was first published at the end of March in the business magazine „BRAND EINS“. The design, which was commissioned by the steering committee of the campaign, shows a young woman working out with two dumbbells with a light green PVC coating. The „PVC IS STRONG“ design can also be found in the architecture magazine „MADEby“, the next issue of which will be published in mid-May.

Are you also part of the PVC value chain and do you want to ensure that soft PVC products continue to be the number one choice among decision-makers both now and in the future? Then, support us now by becoming a sponsor of the current Soft PVC Campaign! Would you like to find out more about this campaign? If so, please contact AGPU Managing Director Thomas Hülsmann, who looks forward to hearing from you.

The agenda for the next joint „PVC and the Environment“ workshop hosted by AGPU and PlasticsEurope Deutschland in Frankfurt/Main (Germany) on 9th June 2015 is now complete. This year, we have attracted a number of top-quality speakers to the event to talk about highly topical issues. Alongside the update on the current situation of PVC, which is now almost a traditional aspect of the workshop, they will also discuss REACH from a variety of different perspectives. The event will additionally feature a presentation on the sustainability initiative of the German chemicals industry. Another talk will explore the future of innovative PVC pipe systems as well as a number of presentations on resource efficiency in the building industry and strategic standardisation.

If you are interested to attend the workshop, please contact AGPU office for further details.