Archive for July, 2006

“Tetra Pak is the Hummer and glass is the bicycle.”

Published: 26 July 2006
Category: Tetra Pak

The Toronto Star recently responded to the media attention surrounding wine packaging and repudiates claims by Tetra Pak representatives that their packaging material is more “environmentally friendly” than glass packaging. The Star quotes an activist with the Toronto Environmental Alliance, who says, “Tetra Pak is the Hummer and glass is the bicycle. I don’t […]

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Is the success of the global bottled water industry built on false fears?

Published: 25 July 2006
Category: Packaging CONCERNS

According to Counterpunch Magazine, the “bottle water industry is an entirely needless affectation,” accounting for the undercutting of public water, the disfigurement of landscapes, and most importantly, exposing trusting bottled water consumers to serious health risks. This article reports that the bottled water industry is one built on misguidance, and is less a commodity […]

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A common chemical and its link to breast cancer

Published: 13 July 2006
Category: Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The BBC reports that scientists from Texas and Southern California believe that “a chemical found in cleaning materials, textiles and plastics pose a breast cancer threat.”

BBC cites the Journal of Applied Toxicology, where researchers allegedly found that one chemical, 4-nonylphenol, triggers breast cancer in mice.

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Allergic reactions to food wrappings

Published: 8 July 2006
Category: Allergic Triggers, Packaging CONCERNS

According to the Telegraph, a Britain based news publication, some food wrappings contain hidden rubber proteins, predominantly latex, that can trigger allergic reactions. The article reports that one in six percent of the population is affected by latex allergies, however, food manufacturing companies are not required to include latex disclaimers or warnings on packaging […]

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Chemicals, Phthalates in Makeup

Published: 7 July 2006
Category: Phthalates

This article reports on cosmetic safety, claiming that phthalates (pronounced THA-lates) are used in fragrances, lotions, shampoos and hair spray.

The article says …

“Some research suggests that high levels of exposure to certain phthalates might cause cancer or reproductive system abnormalities in laboratory rats and mice. One small study published in May suggested that infant boys […]

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No more plastic toys, bottles and pacifiers for San Francisco

Published: 6 July 2006
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

According to ABC7 TV in San Francisco, San Francisco has banned a type of sturdy, hard plastic made with bisphenol A (BPA), including food-storage containers, disposable silverware and many other plastic products that are such a part of our lives that “it’s easy to forget they contain chemicals that could harm us.”

Last June, San Francisco’s mayor […]

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Honest Tea’s Just Black and Just Green Teas

Published: 6 July 2006
Category: Organic Products in Glass

product image As the nation’s best-selling bottled organic tea, Honest Tea, Inc. is committed to real tea and real taste. The newest additions to Honest Tea’s bottled tea line, “Just Black” and “Just Green” teas, are made using the highest quality black and green tea leaves. Unsweetened and naturally delicious, Honest Tea’s “Just Black” and “Just Green” teas are packaged in 12 oz. glass bottles to communicate the beverages’ pure and organic qualities.

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Frutzzo

Published: 6 July 2006
Category: Organic Products in Glass

product image Fruetzzo, a family-owned business with roots from the Mediterranean and Brazil located in the heart of the Midwest, recently launched two new varieties to its pomegranate juice line—refrigerated Organic Pomegranate juice and Organic Pomegranate Acai juice. Fruetzzo Pomegranate juices are packaged in 12 oz. glass bottles that are decorated with applied ceramic labeling. This healthful, refreshing beverage is available in the refrigerated beverage section of grocery stores.

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Wild Hop Organic Beer

Published: 6 July 2006
Category: Organic Products in Glass

product image Trying to tap into the ever-popular organics market, Anheuser-Busch (A-B) is testing its new organic brew, Wild Hop, in select locations across the country. A-B is expecting this brew to entice “more affluent, highly educated, more high-end shoppers,” according to Patrick McGauley, A-B’s VP of Product Development. A-B’s Wild Hop is available in 12 oz. amber glass bottles, as well as in six-packs.

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Sex Hormone Patch

Published: 6 July 2006
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

ABC NEWS recently aired a story (7/06/06) called “City of San Francisco Bans All Toys, Bottles Made with BPA.” The city has banned the plastic because of studies that found bisphenol A , or BPA, was “now detectable in most people’s bloodstreams and could cause dangerous hormonal changes in children.” The story went on say:

Frederick vom […]

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