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Industry News:

Plastics Environmental Council's Response To The Recently Revised FTC Green Guides

The Plastics Environmental Council is pleased with the contents of the FTC Green Guidelines. The new guidelines prohibit any deceptive claims and allow for properly qualified claims of biodegradability in landfills.

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PRLog (Press Release) - Oct 05, 2012 - Atlanta, GA -- On October 01, 2012, the FTC issued its long-awaited Green Guides.  On balance, the Plastics Environmental Council (www.pec-us.org) is pleased with the contents of the new release as they pertain to degradable plastics (Section 260.8 of the new Guides).  While the new guidelines still prohibit any deceptive, unqualified claims of biodegradability of materials, including plastics, in landfills, properly qualified claims of biodegradability are permitted.  “Degradable claims should be qualified clearly and prominently to the extent necessary to avoid deception about: (1) the product’s or package’s ability to degrade in the environment where it is customarily disposed; and (2) the rate and extent of degradation,” according to the new Guides. Read more......

 


News Release: Oct 23,2011

Plastics Environmental Council to Develop Biodegradation Standard for Plastics Additives and New Certification Seal.


Biodegradable Additives Play Critical Role in Helping Solve the Plastics in Landfill Issue.


Milton, GA, OCTOBER 24, 2011 -- The Plastics Environmental Council (PEC) today announced the sponsorship of a research study to produce the first standard specification for the landfill biodegradation of petroleum- and natural gas-derived plastics that have been treated with additives that enhance biodegradation. The PEC is undertaking the development of the biodegradation standard specification to build confidence in the efficacy of plastics additives with regulators, consumers and businesses. Plastic additives that speed up the breakdown of plastic in landfills, without affecting their performance during use, are critically important to helping reduce the volume of plastic waste in landfills. Read More.....














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