Market loss on phthalates ban

According to this article from ICIS News, the temporary ban of some plasticizer phthalates on kids’ products can cause permanent consumption loss in this end-market.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) hold a media web conference yesterday talking about the consequences of the phthalates ban under the Consumer Product Safety Modernization Act (H.R. 4040), which is expected to be signed by President Bush this week.

ACC said infant toys and child care products now account for several million pounds annually of diisononyl phthalate (DINP), one of the phthalates that will be banned temporarily in kids’ products.

Toy applications for DINP, however, is much smaller compared with the plasticizer’s use in building and construction materials, the ACC said.

PVC, Bisphenol-A, phthalates, flame retardants, plastic bags….the chemical industry is certainly facing tougher challenges these days and environmentalists seem to be on top of the game.

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