The metastasizing list of chemicals we must certify that our plastic does not contain is growing. To say it's absurd is an understatement. Where does it end ?
Back in the 60' and 70's, it was commonplace to get orders for FDA repro ( reprocessed ). Flash forward to last week - before we could participate in an RFQ, we had to certifiy that our film complied with ROHS, CPSIA (consumer product safety improvement act of 2008 ), CA prop 65, TPCH toxics in packaging clearing house, as well as BHT, BPA and latex free.
Wait - there's more ! We had to certify to a bread bag maker that our films are gluten free. After 43 years.
It's hard to square this concern about purity when there is apathy about dermal contact with lead if the price is right http://www.brentwoodplastics.com/blog/yellow-dye-concerns-lead-apathy. Every day, thousands of feet of yellow barricade tape containing 1% lead is handled on fingertips and disposed on the ground in California.
FDA approval is meaningless anymore http://www.brentwoodplastics.com/blog/bid/71467/FDA-Approved-Packaging-what-does-it-mean.
Our Kosher approval letter ( an annual process ) and biotoxicity tests still aren't enough assurance in many cases.
I didn't know how to deal with this conundrum until inspiration struck at the health food aisle. We should take a page out of the greenwasher's and health food marketer's playbooks. Just do what you always have done and say it's green and healthy. Shazam !
There are so many positives about what our plastic does not contain that it's hard to decide where to begin.
contains no yeast, dairy, egg, soy wheat, sugar, fructose, starch. Cruelty free, cholesterol free, no trans fat, no MSG, BPA free, no BHT, gluten free, no trees or plants cut down ( vegan,right ? ), no GMO ingredients, no lead, no cadmium,
What about free range cage free ? The plants and dinosaurs which became our natural gas feedstocks were not raised in cages.
Note to self: check into getting non GMO project verified.