Archive for March, 2008

Plastic Trash is “Severely Affecting the Pacific’s Ecosystem”

Published: 31 March 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling, Sustainability

According to “Parade” magazine, a giant field of plastic trash that is twice the size of the continental United States is currently floating in the Pacific Ocean. This “man-made mess” stretches from the west coast of the United States to Japan, and is reportedly “severely affecting the Pacific’s ecosystem.”

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BPA Could Harm the Development of Fetuses

Published: 31 March 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

The “Raleigh News & Observer” reports a chemical in lightweight clear plastics, bisphenol A (found in water bottles, soda cans, baby bottles, and microwave dishes), allegedly mimics estrogen, which some research indicates could harm human health, particularly the development of fetuses and newborn babies.

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FDA Allegedly Relied on Industry-Funded Studies to Assess Safety of BPA

Published: 28 March 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Milwaukee Journal Sentinel” reports the FDA relied on just two industry-funded studies to judge the safety of the plastic chemical bisphenol A (BPA), while ignoring hundreds of government and academic studies showing BPA can be harmful to lab animals at low doses. According to the article, one of the industry-funded studies has never […]

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Exposure to Plastics Chemicals In Childhood Linked to Adult Cancer Rates

Published: 28 March 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates

“Health Day News” reports environmental toxins, such as the plastics chemicals bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, may be tied to breast cancer. Exposure to plasticizers and other chemicals in childhood may also increase adult cancer rates.

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Rising Bottled Water Sales in US Concern Conservationists

Published: 27 March 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling, Sustainability

According to the “International Herald Tribune,” rising sales of bottled water (reaching $11.7 billion in 2007 in the U.S.), is concerning U.S. conservationists, who cite issues such as: energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, waste, the environmental effect of water extraction, the perils of privatization and social issues. According to the Container Recycling Institute, […]

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Bottled Water Creates Environmental Havoc and Possible Dangers to Human Health

Published: 27 March 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

“TIME” magazine reports in addition to the “environmental havoc” created by the manufacturing and disposal of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottled water containers, the packaging may leach harmful chemicals after repeated use. According to the article, reusable bottles (often made of polycarbonate plastic) merit scrutiny as well, as such containers allegedly contain bisphenol A (BPA), […]

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BPA and other “Endocrine Disruptors” Linked to Breast Cancer

Published: 26 March 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS

According to the “Seattle Post-Intelligencer,” a class of chemicals called “endocrine disruptors,” such as the plastics chemicals bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, may increase some women’s risk of breast cancer. According to the article, studies done on rats have shown that prenatal exposure to BPA causes genetic changes to the breast tissue that later […]

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Plastic Estrogen-Mimicking Hormones Linked to Early Puberty Among Children

Published: 26 March 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

The “Toronto Sun” reports precocious puberty is on the rise among children, and there are many theories as to what causes this, including endocrine disruptors that mimic or block hormones and can be found in plastic baby bottles, shampoos and cosmetics.

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Parents Choose Plastic-Free Baby Bottles and Diapers Because of Chemical Concerns

Published: 25 March 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

The “Asheville Citizen Times” reports plastics chemicals are causing concern, which is encouraging some parents to keep plastic products—from baby bottles to diapers—away from their kids. One chemical of concern is the alleged hormone-mimicking chemical bisphenol A (BPA), which is used to make most baby bottles and other hard plastic containers.

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Environmental Group Calls for Ban on Nanoparticles for use in Food

Published: 25 March 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations, Uncategorized

The “Scientific American” reports a new study has revealed that nanoparticles are used in everything from beer bottles to baby drinks despite a lack of safety information. Some studies have allegedly assessed that such particles may cause harm. The environmental group Friends of the Earth (FoE) has “charged that the federal government has […]

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