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CHEJ: Google Kicking PVC Plastic to the Curb
July 15, 2011, 9:17 am
Filed under: News

Fantastic news!  Google has announced it will no longer use toxic PVC plastic in new offices.  This comes at a time when “the world’s largest software company is opening 40,000 square feet of office space a week,” according to a recent article in the Sustainable Industries Journal.
The article reported, “Google’s decision stems from two principles: ‘focus on health and vitality’ of its employees and ‘healthcare is costly.’ In other words, the company wants to avoid illness from potentially dangerous materials.”
Google is no longer going to be using PVC thanks to the work of the Healthy Building Network and the Living Building Challenge’s red list of materials and chemicals. Google’s decision was also partially driven by EPA’s new Chemicals of Concern list, which has targeted phthalates for regulation. Over 90% of all phthalates are used to soften PVC products like flooring in schools and hospitals.   Google has joined a growing list of companies like Wal-Mart, Target and Apple that have targeted PVC for phase-out.
Google’s decision sends a strong signal to the marketplace – cutting-edge businesses are avoiding PVC materials that are toxic to human health and the environment.


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