What exactly is the news value of another lazy, cut-and-paste rant by Patrick Moore, this time discussing a review of phthalates that took place seven years ago? (“Activists would take kids' toys,” Nov. 28, Page 6.)
Reading Moore, your subscribers might miss the point that most manufacturers of toys for the under 5 set long ago abandoned PVC.
Smart manufacturers evaluating phthalates and PVC might benefit from some more recent news. For example, this past October, B. Braun Medical Inc. bested rival medical device maker Baxter International, winning a five-year, $70 million contract to deliver PVC/di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate-free products demanded by Catholic Healthcare West, a system of 40 hospitals and medical centers serving California, Arizona, and Nevada.
The contract was “driven by an institution's desire for conversion to PVC/DEHP-free products for the health and well-being of patients and the regional ecology,” said Braun Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Caroll H. Neubauer. “This partnership underscores the value of our long-standing commitment to human and environmental health, and reinforces the market demand for PVC/DEHP-free products.”
Healthy Building Network