Microsoft tosses PVC packaging
Redmond, WA— Microsoft will
complete its phase-out of packaging made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride
or vinyl) by the end of 2005 – a move the company took with
the help of partners such as the Center for Health, Environment
and Justice (CHEJ).
Microsoft began this effort in
2003 when several customers brought their PVC concerns to Microsoft’s
attention through letters to the company.
PVC – a combination of
plastic and chlorine is the worst plastic from an environmental
health perspective. It’s dangerous throughout its entire
life cycle of production, use and disposal. When produced or burned,
it releases dioxins, which are the most potent synthetic chemicals
ever tested and can cause cancer and harm the immune and reproductive
systems. PVC cannot be effectively recycled due to the many toxic
additives used to soften or stabilize it which can contaminate
the recycling batch.
Microsoft estimates that they
have already eliminated 361,000 pounds of PVC packaging since
July 2005, and anticipate they will eliminate 1.6 million pounds
of PVC over the next two years.