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[GreenYes] gerber's claim of recyclablility
Wait a minute.  Gerber's press release says the bottle is recyclable, but
now, upon digging a bit, I find it's a number "7" plastic.  This is not
recyclable in many, many programs across the country, including ours, which
recycle only 1's and 2's!

It gets a 7 or "other" ranking because it's a multi-layer bottle with
styrene on the outside and polyethylene on the inside.  

Anne Morse
Winona, MN



-----Original Message-----
From: Doris Cellarius [mailto:Doris@Cellarius.net]
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2001 4:23 PM
To: multiple recipients of
Subject: RE: [GRRN] gerber jars


Some parents might not want the plastic jars if they knew plastics can
contain endocrine disruptors such as bisphenol A which can leach into food,
especially when the container is warmed.

Some parents warm babyfood and baby bottles in the microwave, which would
enhance leaching.

Doris Cellarius

-----Original Message-----
From: Roe, Russell P [mailto:RPRoe@menlopark.org]
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2001 2:18 PM
To: 'greenyes@earthsystems.org'
Subject: RE: [GRRN] gerber jars


Gerber has obviously had a very effective press release. This Associated
Press story is almost the exact same words that I heard a few minutes ago on
a television news report. Both reports said Gerber will "make the switch
from glass to recyclable plastic". It's noteworthy that they didn't mention
that glass is also recyclable. Perhaps GRRN can attempt to get this fact
into the press?

Russell Roe


-----Original Message-----
From: Amy Perlmutter [mailto:amyp@chelseacenter.org]
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2001 1:29 PM
To: multiple recipients of
Subject: [GRRN] gerber jars


How 'bout some letter writing on this?  why not square glass bottles?
>
>Gerber to change baby food
>              containers
>
>              By Associated Press, 06/19/01
>
>              FREMONT, Mich. -- Gerber is hoping it's hip to be square.
>
>              The baby food maker is replacing its familiar glass jars
>              with cube-shaped plastic packages. A company
>              executive says market research shows nearly 70 percent
>              of consumers prefer to buy baby food packaged in
>              plastic containers. Consumers told the company the
>              plastic containers are easier to open, stack, store and
>              carry.
>
>              Most baby food sold by the company eventually will
>              make the switch from glass to recyclable plastic. Gerber
>              has used the glass containers for nearly 60 years.
>
>              Some crafters who use the glass jars in their projects say
>
>              they're sad to see them go -- because you can't make as
>              many things out of plastic containers.
>


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