from article: Industry challenges ban on phthalates in kid’s toys.
In their words;
ACC believes that information and dialogue have the power to create change: in our industry, in our communities, and in our world. Our member companies are investing in the future through community outreach projects, ground-breaking research, and initiatives that protect public health and the environment. Learn more about ACC and its programs and initiatives.
Like many organisations these days an environmental sheen graces the front page of their website. It oozes PR and slick communication strategy.
However the ACC have recently been exposed by the San Francisco Chronicle as not living up to that image of caring about the consequences of their actions.
The SF Chronicle has done a very good update on the North Pacific garbage patch, claimed to be a hugh area of ocean full of plastics and other rubbish. The Chronicle approached the ACC to see if they might have a solution to this mess as it’s their member companies that produce these plastics for use.
This was their response;
Keith Cristman, a senior director of packaging at the American Chemistry Council, said the plastics industry is aware of its connection to marine debris and said the council is working with federal and state agencies to put more recycling bins on California beaches in an attempt to stop plastic bottles and bags from making their way to the sea.
At the end of November, Cristman said, the council is co-sponsoring its first marine debris workshop with state and federal agencies.
Cristman said he’d rather see more plastic recycled than production slowed.
“Plastic is a valuable resource,” he said. “It shouldn’t be wasted, it should be recycled.”
Asked if the council would assist in any cleanup of the Garbage Patch if the federal government called on it, Cristman said, “We’re always interested in working with NOAA and the EPA.”
So it’s a few recycling bins and a workshop. Hmmm, are the ACC impotent, plain daft or shirking from their responsibilities?
If we are to tackle major environmental problems all sectors of society need to be involved. Having the source of the problem on board is of course crucial.
Come on Mr American Chemistry Council. Wake up and rise up to the challenge.