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P&G Relaunches PUR Packets In U.S.

February 25, 2008 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 86, ISSUE 8

Procter & Gamble and partner Reliance Products are selling outdoor recreation and emergency preparedness kits containing P&G's PUR water treatment packets in U.S. stores. PUR was a commercial flop when first launched in 2003. P&G turned the packets into a humanitarian coup, however, by providing them at cost to philanthropic agencies for distribution in developing countries. Containing the disinfectant calcium hypochlorite and the flocculant iron sulfate, a PUR packet can purify 10 L of water. P&G says any profits it earns in the U.S. will be used to provide the packets in developing countries.

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