Posts Tagged ‘plastic’

Safety of Plastics and Alternatives

April 5, 2008

“Some scientists are concerned that a chemical found in some plastic products, such as water bottles and children’s sippy cups, could make you very sick and possibly cause cancer.” 01

“Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic — a sturdy, hard plastic found in all sorts of consumer goods, including some nondisposable water bottles, baby bottles, sippy cups and can liners…In a variety of lab studies, it’s been linked to diseases like breast cancer, prostate cancer, obesity, reproductive problems and diabetes…It’s like putting a time bomb into the organs…” 01

“When you eat or drink things that are stored in plastic, taste it, smell it, wear it, sit on it, and so on, plastic is incorporated into you. In fact, the plastic gets into the food and food gets into the plastic and you. So, quite literally, you are what you eat. . . drink. . . and breathe – plastic!” 02

“Although phthalates have been used as plasticizers to soften plastic toys for many years, questions are now being raised about whether their use is appropriate… The debate on the use of phthalates has been expanding in the United States and in Europe.” 03

“Plastic materials/articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs…may contain a variety of substances [that] can be transferred from the plastic material/article into the food during processing and storage, a process known as migration.”  04

“Many people are so worried…that they’re ditching the plastic and looking for containers made from other materials. But that has raised other questions: Just how safe are the alternatives, and is Health Canada trying to find out?” 05

Sources:
01. 2007/11/08 – WBAL TV: Safety Of Chemical Used In Plastic…Questioned
02. 2003/11/16 – Mindfully: Get Plastic Out Of Your Diet
03. 2000/01/11 – KidSource: Mothers Concerned About Safety of Softeners in Plastic Toys…
04. 2007/09/18 – Food Science Central: Plastic packaging and food safety
05. 2008/03/11 – Globe&Mail: Are alternatives any safer than plastics?

Other Links:
HubPages: The truth about plastic
2005/04/13 – EHP: Low-Dose Effects of Bisphenol A Shows the Need for a New Risk Assessment
2005/08/03 – Mindfully: Alternatives to Plastic
2006/05/11 – NCBI: Large effects from small exposures.

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Quebec Town Bans Plastic Bags

January 5, 2008

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A new Huntingdon P.Q. bylaw prohibits retail outlets from distributing plastic bags, advertisers from delivering fliers in plastic bags, and residents from lining their garbage bins with green plastic bags.

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Tasty Bug Pellets – a Plastics Solution?

January 4, 2008

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Landfills continuously receive millions of tons of plastic that can take hundreds of years to break down. But increasing public awareness and criticism about the impact that we’re having upon our planet, seems to be influencing some positive corporate response.

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Biodegradable TekPak Plastic Bags

December 29, 2007

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A Hamilton company claims to have customers clamouring to get it’s “world’s first” biodegradable plastic bags that are intended for perishable food products (coffee, potato chips, cookies, etc) that need an oxygen barrier.

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Community Consultation re Waste Management

December 23, 2007

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“The broad field of waste management is a complex discipline that includes, but is not limited to, environmental protection, public education, waste reduction, recycling, composting, garbage collection, landfill construction and maintenance, data gathering and analysis, government regulation, and public relations. For municipal governments it requires staff that is continually learning new strategies, complying with government regulations and adapting and advancing techniques of waste diversion, collection and disposal. In London, the program is referred to as the Continuous Improvement System.” 01

Now, the City of London wants your opinion. You are being asked to read it’s just-released consultative ‘Road Map to Maximize Waste Diversion in London‘ report, that “outlines and explains a number of options the City has compiled and/or developed to help Londoners achieve higher diversion rates,” and to complete/submit a questionaire/comments form that it contains.

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