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Procter & Gamble plans to eliminate PVC from packaging

January 20/2012

(PlasticsToday) -- In a move to help eliminate all uses of PVC in its packaging, Procter & Gamble's Oral-B manual toothbrush is now made with Octal Petrochemicals' proprietary DPET (direct PET) sheet, a P&G spokesperson told PlasticsToday.

Prior to this, P&G had used PVC for its toothbrush packaging. The company began to avoid the use of PVC in its packaging in the early '90s, and PVC currently represents less than 1.5% of P&G's total use of its plastic packaging materials, according to the company.

P&G made the switch to PET because it is easier to recycle. In addition, PVC has also been the source of recurring controversy regarding its disposal to household solid waste incinerators, and its compatibility with plastics recycling, the company stated.

Octal COO Joe Barenberg said companies, such as P&G, are finding DPET an attractive solution due to its process for production of PET sheet, which provides a substantially lower carbon footprint than traditional PET.

Procter & Gamble plans to eliminate PVC from packaging Compared to traditional plants, Octal's DPET sheet uses 67% less electricity; a fact the company said has been verified by independent, third party sources.

Octal's DPET sheet can run on thermoforming equipment already being used for PVC, HIPS, and OPS with only minor modifications of hardware and processing parameters, according to Octal.

Part of P&G's long-term environmental sustainability vision includes using 100% renewable or recycled materials for all products and packaging, and having zero consumer and manufacturing waste go to landfills.

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