S.C. Johnson Joins Coca-Cola and PepsiCo in Ditching Ties to Plastics Industry Association: 'This Trend Will Only Continue'

S.C. Johnson & Son Inc is the latest major company to announce it will cut ties with the Plastics Industry Association lobbying group following pressure from activists.

The company, which owns household brands such as Glade, Pledge, Windex and Raid, told Greenpeace USA that they will be allowing their membership with the group to lapse following disagreements with some of their policies.

The Plastics Industry Association has previously lobbied for states to prohibit banning plastic bags and to speak out against imposing stricter restrictions on plastic use across the country.

In a statement to Greenpeace USA, S.C Johnson said that governments should be able to "democratically have bans if that is what citizens want."

Earlier this year, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo both announced that they would be cutting ties with the Plastics Industry Association over fears membership would contradict with their goals to drastically reduce single-use plastics.

The soft drink giants are hoping that 100 percent of their packaging will be made from recyclable, compostable or biodegradable materials by 2025

"This should be a wakeup call for the plastics industry," Greenback USA Oceans Campaign Director John Hocevar said.

"S.C. Johnson, Coca-Cola, and PepsiCo have all recognized that standing alongside a group working to strip away the rights of communities to reduce our reliance on dangerous plastics is not good for business.

"This trend will only continue as more companies move away from plastics and toward systems of refill and reuse. It's time for industry to stop fighting people who are working for solutions, and either get on board or get out of the way."

Timothy Smith, director of ESG shareowner engagement at Boston Trust Walden, one of the groups who also have been pressuring companies to leave Plastics Industry Association, added: "The urgent need to drastically curtail plastic pollution is an issue that has captured the attention of the public, environmental organizations, and investors.

"It is vitally important for companies to assess their own public policy advocacy on plastic waste, as well as lobbying by trade associations in which they are members and pay dues.

"We congratulate S.C. Johnson for joining a growing list of companies which ended their membership in such plastics lobbying groups."

In a statement to Newsweek, Tony Radoszewski, president and CEO of Plastics Industry Association said: "We agree that plastics don't belong in the ocean or our environment. And consumer brands are integral to turning sustainability commitments into reality by working with their suppliers to make lasting change.

"Greenpeace's activist campaign continues to relentlessly pressure prominent brand owners to leave our association.

"While these actions may make for successful fundraising tactics, the results are unfortunately counter-productive, by inhibiting our efforts to unite representatives from the full supply chain to work on meaningful advances such as advancing recycling innovations to modernizing infrastructure."

S.C. Johnson did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.

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A view of Windex at Good For The Globe pop-up in The Carousel at Bloomingdale's 59th Street celebrates Mix Masters with Law Roach & Lauren Jauregui on March 14, 2019 in New York City. S.C. Johnson, who own Windex, have annoucned it has allowed its Plastics Industry Association membership to lapse. Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Bloomingdale's
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