Seeking Safer Packaging
Seeking Safer Packaging is a project of As You Sow and Green Century Capital Management. It ranks 20 companies in the packaged food industry on the actions the companies are taking to address concerns regarding the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA).
Scores are based on three factors: 1) efforts to find and implement alternatives to BPA, 2) plans to phase out BPA in products for which alternatives exist, and 3) transparency on the issue.
The scorecard is accompanied by an introduction to health concerns linked to BPA exposure, the changing regulatory climate related to BPA, and studies of companies that have voluntarily removed the chemical from their products.
Our main findings include:
- All companies surveyed use BPA and are taking insufficient steps to move toward alternatives.
- Hain Celestial, Heinz, and Nestlé received the top scores because all three companies are involved in researching and testing of alternatives to BPA and all have plans to phase out the chemical in some products.
- Heinz stands out as a leader as it is the only company surveyed that is currently using an alternative to BPA in some of its can linings.
- Three of the companies that responded to our questions, Del Monte, Hershey, and J.M. Smucker, are not taking action beyond monitoring the industry to identify or implement alternatives to BPA as a packaging material.