Archive for July, 2009

New Study Connects Phthalates to Liver Problems in Premature Babies

Published: 31 July 2009
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to the “Associated Press,” a chemical used in many plastic products is suspected of raising the risk of liver problems in premature babies, according to a new study. The small study in a German hospital suggests phthalates, used in some intravenous feeding bags and tubing, may raise preemies’ chances for liver damage. Animal […]

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Study Finds Dust Increases People’s Exposure to BPA and Other Contaminants

Published: 30 July 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to “Environmental Health News,” a new study has found dust increases people’s exposure to three major environmental contaminants – bisphenol A (BPA), Triclosan and a common flame retardant, TBBPA. Belgium researchers calculated exposure to BPA, a chemical in plastic that mimics estrogen and has been associated with a host of reproductive and other […]

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Demand for Bottled Water may be Nearing an End

Published: 29 July 2009
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Sustainability

According to the “Supermarket Guru,” demand for bottled water may be nearing an end with the convergence of several trends: the nation’s mounting concern over food safety; consumers’ need to save money; growth of the sustainability movement; and new reports that raise questions about the “good-for-you” image of bottled waters. Both the Government Accountability […]

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Why It Is Important to Recycle Glass

Published: 28 July 2009
Category: Recycling, Sustainability

According to the “Examiner” (Washington, D.C.), glass makers and recyclers are calling all Americans to recycle more glass containers because unlike other packing materials, glass is 100 percent recyclable 100 percent of the time. How can you help? Start by talking to your local representative about starting a deposit program for recycling glass, get […]

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Wal-Mart Becomes “Green Umpire” with its Sustainability Index

Published: 27 July 2009
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Sustainability

“The Big Money” reports Wal-Mart has been working quietly on a “sustainability index,” an ambitious, comprehensive and complex plan to measure the sustainability of every product it sells. Wal-Mart intends to announce the sustainability index at a meeting on Thursday, July 16, at its corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., to which hundreds of suppliers, […]

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BPA and Phthalates on Maine’s List of 1,700 Chemicals of “High Concern”

Published: 24 July 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to the “Bangor Daily News,” the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a list of about 1,700 “chemicals of high concern”— substances that pose a significant risk to human health that also are used in manufacturing common consumer goods. State officials and environmental health […]

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California Votes Against Placing BPA on Proposition 65 list of Harmful Chemicals

Published: 23 July 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to the “Associated Press” a California regulatory board recently voted against placing bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to manufacture plastic baby bottles and toys, on the state’s list of chemicals that are believed to cause reproductive harm. The panel, comprised of seven physicians, unanimously decided that the chemical known as BPA should […]

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Activist Group Wants Bottled Water Banned on Capitol Hill

Published: 22 July 2009
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Sustainability

According to “Arlington Sun Gazette” op-ed contributor Natalie Roy, executive director of the Clean Water Network, believes the Arlington County Board’s decision to stop purchasing bottled water for civic functions should be replicated by the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill. According to Roy, “Not only do bottled-water companies not have to meet the same […]

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“New York Times” Columnist Calls on Congress to Protect Public from Phthalates

Published: 21 July 2009
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

According to “New York Times” op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristoff, phthalates, found in plastic bottles, cosmetics, and some toys, are ubiquitous in modern life and many scientists have linked them to everything from sexual deformities in babies to obesity and diabetes. According to Kristoff, “If terrorists were putting phthalates in our drinking water, we would be […]

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Health Canada Detects BPA in Glass Jarred Baby Food

Published: 20 July 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to the “Canadian Press,” Health Canada testing has detected bisphenol A (BPA)—an alleged endocrine disruptor found in the linings of metal cans and lids and some plastic food and beverage containers—in baby foods in glass jars with metal lids and in some 18.5-litre polycarbonate bottles of drinking water, but it says the levels are […]

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