Environmentalists Campaign for Chemical Industry Reform, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

Concern for the environment is nothing new, yet decisions affecting the chemical sector are making headlines.  Microsoft curtailed its use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), also known as vinyl, for computer packaging products.  Other companies cutting their use of PVC include Wal-Mart Stores and Kaiser Permanente.  Another potentially harmful chemical is bisphenol-a, or BPA.  Some animal studies have linked BPA to hormonal changes.  The Canadian government was the first to declare it toxic.  A number of Canada’s retailers, including Wal-Mart Canada, had previously banned food-related containers such as baby bottles, sipping cups and other plastic holders made with the plastic. Environmentalists…

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