[Pharmwaste] Sears aims to reduce and phase out use of polyvinyl chloride

DeBiasi,Deborah dldebiasi at deq.virginia.gov
Thu Dec 13 13:08:33 EST 2007



Sears aims to reduce and phase out use of polyvinyl chloride
Associated Press

11:19 AM CST, December 12, 2007


Sears Holdings Corp. said Wednesday it will move to phase out the use of
the plastic PVC in packaging and merchandise at its Sears and Kmart
stores, joining other retailers in targeting the plastic because of
health and environmental concerns. 

The company said it has adopted a policy aimed at identifying more
sustainable choices because of potential risks tied to the manufacture,
use and disposal of polyvinyl chloride, known more commonly as PVC or
vinyl. Sears did not mention a timetable for the phase-out. 

The department-store company follows Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and more
recently Target Corp. in pledging to phase out PVC in products and

PVC plastic is used in a wide range of products that include clothing
and upholstery, vinyl siding, hoses, pipes and building materials. 

The Center for Health, Environment & Justice, a nonprofit that has been
campaigning to educate retailers and the public about the dangers
associated with PVC, hailed Sears' decision. The center says that when
produced or burned, PVC plastic releases dioxins, which can cause cancer
and harm the immune and reproductive systems. 

As part of the policy, Sears said it will begin marking private-label
merchandise as PVC-free when true and will encourage vendors to reduce
or eliminate their use of PVC in merchandise and packaging. 

"Sears Holdings recognizes the importance of being a positive,
contributing member of the communities in which we work and live," the
company said in a statement. "Part of that is tied to the company's
commitment to environmental sustainability." 


On the Net: 

Sears Holdings: www.searsholdings.com 

Center for Health, Environment & Justice campaign:

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Deborah L. DeBiasi
Email:   dldebiasi at deq.virginia.gov
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