FTC guides clarify SPI resin code use
Julie Jones' June 22 letter, ``FTC story one-sided,'' appears to misinterpret the Federal Trade Commission's recent update of its guides for environmental marketing claims. The guides do not ``exempt'' SPI's resin identification code from environmental labeling rules. On the contrary, FTC's action further clarifies that the code should be used for its intended purpose as an identification code only — not as a claim of recyclability or environmental performance.
Use of the resin identification code on bottles and rigid containers is required by law in 39 states. SPI strongly supports the proper use of the code and encourages manufacturers to adhere diligently to the law and to the FTC's guidelines. Information on proper use of the code is available on the Internet (www.socplas.org) or via fax-on-demand (800) 774-4614, ext. 3602.
The SPI resin identification code was developed to provide a consistent national system to facilitate sorting of post-consumer plastics. If anything, FTC's clarification of its guidance with regard to proper use of the code should be a help, not a hindrance, to reducing misleading marketing claims.
Lewis R. Freeman
Olympic Committee not seeking PVC ban
Your recent item on the development of a PVC-free membrane sail structure to be used in the 2000 Olympic Games (``Firm meets PVC ban by using substitute,'' June 22, Page 42) mischaracterized the actual commitment made by the Sydney Olympic Committee.
There is no ``PVC-free rule'' for the Games; in fact, vinyl products — particularly pipe — are currently being used to construct the Olympic venues.
The Sydney Olympic Committee did include a clause in its environmental guidelines — as a result of activist pressure — stating that it would attempt to ``minimize ... the use of chlorine-based products.''
However, that clause is not a vinyl ban and has not prevented the use of vinyl in Olympic construction.
And it's worth mentioning that the Australian government has clearly stated that it will not single out any product or material for restriction without a fair and unbiased evaluation.
Robert H. Burnett