Archive for August, 2007

“Glass is the clear choice for recycling”

Published: 29 August 2007
Category: Organic Products in Glass, Recycling

The Current, the student newspaper for the University of Missouri-St. Louis, recently featured an op-ed titled, “Glass is the Clear Choice for Recycling.” According to the article, in comparing plastic vs. glass food containers, glass may be a more viable packaging material in the realms of recycling, safety and energy consumption.

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Independent Group of BPA Researchers Issues Warning about BPA Exposure to Fetuses

Published: 28 August 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

According to the Chicago Tribune, researchers are reportedly advising people to stop heating polycarbonate plastic baby bottles because they allegedly contain bisphenol A (BPA), an “estrogen-like compound” used to make shatterproof plastic baby bottles and food-can linings, which can potentially leach from such containers into contained foods and beverages. According to the article, “animal […]

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Jury Still Out on Possible BPA Health Risk

Published: 28 August 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

According to WebMD.com, the jury is still out on whether there is a health risk associated with exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that allegedly “leaches from plastic baby bottles, food/beverage cans, and many other products” and can reportedly cause developmental diseases, cancers and obesity. A scientific panel for the National Toxicity Program […]

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First Environmentally Friendly Vodka Hits Market

Published: 27 August 2007
Category: Sustainability

360 Vodka is being billed as the world’s first environmentally-friendly vodka, as the Missouri-based company uses locally grown grains, resulting in reduced fossil fuel consumption in transporting raw materials to the distillery; uses efficient filtration and drying processes; uses a glass bottle made from 85% recycled glass; uses recycled paper for labeling; and has a […]

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BPA Raises “Some Concerns” for Children

Published: 23 August 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

The Washington Post reports that clear plastic baby bottles are likely to include bisphenol A (BPA). According to a panel of the National Institutes of Health, exposure to the chemical raises “some concerns” for children. According to the article, bisphenol A could leach out of baby bottles and has been found to cause […]

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NIEHS Director Steps Down after Report on BPA

Published: 22 August 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that David A. Schwartz, the embattled director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP), will temporarily step aside while NIH conducts a broad review of his management and ethics. The announcement reportedly follows a report by a NIEHS-appointed panel of 12 […]

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Potentially Toxic Chemicals Still Used Despite Allegedly Being Considered Dangerous

Published: 22 August 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates

The Toronto Star reports that due to the lengthy regulatory process of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (an act, currently under review, that sets out the process by which chemicals can be declared toxic), harmful chemicals continue to be used in products in Canada. According to the article, lead and other chemicals, such as […]

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Plastic may not be the best material to store your bottled water, according to article

Published: 22 August 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS

According to the Vancouver Sun, plastic may not be the best material to store your bottled water because plastic “bottles are made of polyethylene terephthatlate (PET) and diethylhexl adipate (DEHR), and are not meant to be used repeatedly because these chemicals can leach from the bottle into the water.” According to the article, polycarbonate […]

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Should there be federal regulation of bisphenol A (BPA)?

Published: 22 August 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The Hartford Courant reports that bisphenol A (BPA), allegedly used in polycarbonate baby bottles and linings of canned food, poses a “risk to brain development in babies and children.” According to the article, a government appointed panel’s findings (for the National Institutes of Health) on the chemical mark the first time any government has […]

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BPA Levels in Humans Reportedly Above those that Cause Harm to Animals in Laboratory Studies

Published: 21 August 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to Environmental Health News, thirty-eight of the world’s leading scientific experts on bisphenol A (BPA) “have warned policymakers of potential adverse health effects of exposure to the widespread plastic,” concluding that the average levels of the chemicals in people are above those that cause harm to animals in laboratory experiments.

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