This letter is in response to the comments made by Richard Doyle of the Vinyl Institute in a letter—"Vinyl Institute official reacts to Eldon James article"—that appeared in the Aug. 7 issue of Rubber & Plastics News. That letter was in reference to a story titled "PVC alternatives spur Eldon James' growth," that was in the July 10 issue of RPN.
We've found that when you are disrupting the status-quo, or offering options to the way it has always been done, you will be met with opposition. You will also have the opportunity to meet those who are working to innovate and make a difference. We thrive on working with these innovators every day and have built a business differentiating ourselves in this way.
The claims we make about polyvinyl chloride and its additives are not fabricated, but rather supported with data published by many admired research institutions and global government agencies. Our website offers links to multiple sources citing research linking PVC and its related plasticizers to cancer, endocrine disruptors, ADD and ADHD, asthma and other concerning health issues.
The fact is, that the PVC industry has had to change and regulations have been set because of the health concerns mentioned above. Hospitals and Fortune 500 companies continue to pledge to reduce and eliminate PVC and its related plasticizers because it is the right thing to do.
Marcia Coulson is the president of Eldon James Corp.