Dear American Chemistry Council: I am a plastics consulting chemical engineer, a professional member of the Society of the Plastics Industry since 1963 and the Society of Plastics Engineers since 1955.
Plastics News led me to your Web site. I clicked on “Smart Packaging,” saw some artwork that reminded me of the 1950s and got a few references to recycling and several about how to put leftovers away in little bags.
Those are not the arenas of contention.
Here is where we should show why the bisphenol A scare is false science — why BPA is not an ingredient or even a byproduct of polycarbonate manufacturing, but rather a building block.
Instead, our own industry is scrambling to oblige (see Plastics News, Nov. 2, “Firm to develop estrogen activity-free resin”). Plastophobes have escalated it to the point where any clear plastic bottle is suspected of harm.
Another arena is plastic grocery bags, where the plastophobes have succeeded in demonizing the bags enough to get laws passed and give our citizens warm feelings by doing so. Again, false science and unstudied psychology/sociology.
We need a psychologist or the equivalent talking about why people are so quick to bash plastics, perhaps as part of a general fear of “chemicals” and the machinations of chemical companies — sisters to banks and insurance companies in this respect.
Until you deal with such issues and get the messages out loud, you are pussyfooting around the real problems and wasting your members' funds.
El Cerrito, Calif.