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SC Johnson exits Plastics Industry Association over environmental policies

September 25, 2019

Plastics News,

Steve Toloken,

September 24, 2019-

SC Johnson & Son Inc. is leaving the Plastics Industry Association, the latest large consumer products maker to exit the business group in a dispute over environmental policies. Greenpeace USA said in a Sept. 24 news release that Racine, Wis.-based SC Johnson told the environmental group it left the plastics association. That follows Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. in July saying they had either left or were planning to leave the Washington-based plastics group, departures that were also initially disclosed by Greenpeace and later confirmed by the companies.

Greenpeace and other environmental groups and activist investor organizations have been pressuring consumer product companies to leave the plastics association. They are pushing to end support in some quarters of the industry for campaigns in favor of state laws that prevent cities from passing local bans or other restrictions on plastic and other packaging, a policy sometimes called preemption.

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