Archive for July, 2007

Are there health risks from drinking out of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles?

Published: 31 July 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling

According to US News, almost 85 percent of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles “never get recycled.” And while the possible health risks to humans from such polyethylene terephthalate bottles are currently unclear and understudied, two studies have allegedly shown that antimony, a potentially toxic trace element, leaches from polyethylene terephthalate bottles over time. […]


Scientist Mother Worries about Daughter’s Exposure to Bisphenol A

Published: 30 July 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS reports on a scientist’s worries about her daughter being exposed to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that she researches. According to the scientist, “although the plastic industry continues to assert that BPA is safe, the chemical’s endocrine-disrupting properties raise concern about its potential to cause harm.” The chemical is allegedly […]


“Bottled Water Backlash”

Published: 27 July 2007
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling

The July 9, 2007 edition of ABC’s World News Tonight explored the bottled water industry and the negative impact it is having on the environment. According to the report, plastic bottled water is “doing so much damage” as 50 billion bottles were consumed in 2006, billions of which (almost 40 billion just last year) […]


Bottled Water Clogging Landfills

Published: 26 July 2007
Category: Packaging CONCERNS

According to the National Geographic’s Green Guide, plastic water bottles are a “convenience” that stuff landfills, clog waterways and guzzle valuable fossil fuels. The article reports that in 2006, Americans spent nearly $11 billion on over 8 billion gallons of bottled water and then “tossed over 22 billion empty plastic bottles in the trash.”

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Report Finds Toxic Heavy Metals in Packaging

Published: 25 July 2007
Category: Packaging CONCERNS

A report by the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH) released July 10 finds that 16% of retail packages failed a screening test for toxic heavy metals, including lead and cadmium, known environmental and health hazards. Packages imported from China and other Asian countries were most likely to contain the regulated metals, in violation of state […]


Glass is the “Natural Choice” for Organic Products

Published: 24 July 2007
Category: Organic Products in Glass, Recycling, Sustainability

According to Packaging Digest, glass is gaining “cachet” as a premium or prestigious form of packaging, as marketers are increasingly using glass packaging to position their goods as top notch. In addition to being premium, the magazine reports that glass is also non-toxic, ensures natural freshness and taste, is sustainable, and is recyclable. […]


Is Bisphenol A (BPA) a Hidden Hazard?

Published: 23 July 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS

According to WFMY News 2, a Center for Disease Control study found that about 95 percent of Americans have the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in their systems at levels known to impact the health of test animals. According to Dr. John Spangler of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, “Well BPA leeches from the […]


“Baby 411” Allegedly Urges Parents to Stop Using Polycarbonate Plastic Baby Bottles

Published: 20 July 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

Julie’s Health Blog (a blog from the Chicago Tribune), reports on a new book, “Baby 411,” which “tells readers to stop using polycarbonate plastic baby bottles, which contain the chemical Bisphenol A.” The blog reports that some clear plastic baby bottles contain bisphenol A, which “breaks down over time, especially with repeated washing or […]


Calculating Environmental Chemical Levels in Humans

Published: 19 July 2007
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates

According to, researchers at Simon Fraser University have found methods to calculate chemical levels in humans. Some common environmental toxins to look out for are reportedly pesticides and phthalates, which can allegedly cause endocrine system damage and are found in “plastic wrap, food containers and perfume.”

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Plastics Chemicals Allegedly Ending Up in San Francisco Bay

Published: 18 July 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, chemicals found household products such as toothpaste, deodorant, canned food liners, vinyl and polycarbonate plastics are allegedly leaching synthetic chemical ingredients that are ending up in the San Francisco Bay, reportedly posing a threat to wildlife and humans. Three types of chemicals—phthalates, bisphenol A and triclosan—are all allegedly […]