Nalgene to Phase Out Production of Consumer Bottles Containing BPA

Fri Apr 18, 2008 8:30am EDT

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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 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 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 Nalgene: A
Great Choice, made in the USA, Since 1949.

Caroline Budney, 617-248-0680 ext. 15

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