Nalgene to Phase Out Production of Consumer Bottles Containing BPA
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Nalgene to focus on existing non-BPA bottles and recently announced Everyday line; Ensures consumers get the bottle that fits their lifestyle ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(Business Wire)-- In response to consumer demand, Nalgene(R) will phase out production of its Outdoor line of polycarbonate containers that include the chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) over the next several months, it announced today. Nalgene's existing product mix, including the recently launched Everyday line, already features a number of containers made from materials that do not contain BPA. "We have always been focused on responding to the needs and concerns of our customers," said Steven Silverman, general manager of the Nalgene business. "With 10 different product lines in several different materials, we have the largest bottle offering on the market today. By eliminating containers containing BPA from our consumer product mix, our customers can have confidence that their needs are being met." The company recently unveiled its Everyday line, an assortment of bottles manufactured with Eastman's Tritan(TM) copolyester. The line includes favorites such as the OTG ("On the Go"), the iconic 32-ounce Wide Mouth and the Grip-N-Gulp sippy cup. Tritan is impact resistant, withstands a wide range of temperatures and does not contain BPA. The new Everyday products are already available in stores and will be available through www.nalgene-outdoor.com next month. To help consumers easily determine the bottle and material that is right for them, Nalgene also recently launched Nalgene Choice(TM), an online information resource at www.nalgenechoice.com. Nalgene Choice provides consumers with information to help them understand the features and benefits of Nalgene's wide assortment of products and materials. The result - individuals can choose the product that is right for them. "Today, everyone from hikers and outdoor enthusiasts to commuters and kids on the go are using Nalgene products to reduce the use of disposable bottles and containers," said Silverman. "Based on all available scientific evidence, we continue to believe that Nalgene products containing BPA are safe for their intended use. However, our customers indicated they preferred BPA-free alternatives and we acted in response to those concerns." About NALGENE Outdoor Nalgene Outdoor Products is based in Rochester, New York. Founded in 1949 as a manufacturer of the first plastic pipette holder, the company soon expanded its product line to include state-of-the-art polyethylene labware under the NALGENE brand. By the 1970s, outdoor enthusiasts had discovered the taste and odor-resistant, leakproof and rugged properties of NALGENE's large selection of plastic containers. In response to this emerging demand, the NALGENE Consumer Products Division was formed. For more information, contact NALGENE Consumer Products or visit our website at www.nalgene-outdoor.com. Nalgene: A Great Choice, made in the USA, Since 1949. Nalgene Caroline Budney, 617-248-0680 ext. 15 email@example.com www.nalgene-outdoor.com Copyright Business Wire 2008