Archive for October, 2009

“Tweens” Getting Breast Cancer at Increasing Rates

Published: 29 October 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS

According to “CNN,” younger women, including “tweens,” girls ages 9 through 14, are getting breast cancer at increasing rates. Risk factors for cancer may include exposure to everyday pollutants, such as the chemicals bisphenol A (BPA) and dioxins, and obesity. While there is no certain way to prevent breast cancer, maintaining a healthy weight, eating […]

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Company Receives Grant to Develop Plastics Free of Potentially Unsafe Chemicals

Published: 28 October 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to the “Austin American Statesman,” Austin-based PlastiPure Inc., a company working to end the use of potentially unsafe chemicals in plastic bottles, has received $1.1 million in federal money to further its research. PlastiPure Inc. will use the grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to continue developing plastics and other […]

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Tests on Health Officials Find High Levels of Toxins in Participants

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

“Anchorage Daily News” reports a project called the Alaska Community Action on Toxics, sponsored primarily by Physicians for Social Responsibility, tested the blood and urine of 20 doctors and nurses ranging in age from 33 to 85 and found high levels of toxins in many of the participants. The participants were tested for […]

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Scientists Say U.S. Government is Wasting Money by Further Examining BPA

Published: 22 October 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Milwaukee Journal Sentinel” reports 33 scientific experts on bisphenol A (BPA) say the government is wasting millions of dollars by examining the effects of the household chemical that has already been the subject of more than 900 studies. BPA may cause long-term health effects, including cancers of the breast, brain and testicles; lowered […]

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Just 40 Percent of Hotels have Recycling Programs

Published: 21 October 2009
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling, Sustainability

According to the “New York Times,” the average hotel guest will throw away about two pounds of trash every day—and more than half of that amount is paper, plastic, cardboard and cans, commodities most guests would recycle at home. However, according to a 2008 survey by the American Hotel and Lodging Association, just 40 […]

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Doctors in 10 States Test Positive for Over 24 Toxic Chemicals

Published: 20 October 2009
Category: Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Bangor Daily News” reports doctors and nurses in 10 states, including Maine, have tested positive for at least 24 different toxic chemicals in their blood and other body fluids, according to a study just released by the national organization Physicians for Social Responsibility. The small study, with just 20 participants, is the first […]

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Eight ways to Prevent Breast Cancer in the Kitchen

Published: 19 October 2009
Category: Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS

“The Daily Green” reports on eight surprising ways to prevent breast cancer in the kitchen, including drinking clean water from the faucet instead of out of plastic bottles, using non-plastic containers for microwaving foods, eating soy beans, using natural cleaning products, using stainless steel cookware, eating clean fish, avoiding most canned foods, and avoiding pesticides.

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Sales Receipts could be Big Source of BPA

Published: 16 October 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to “The Daily Green,” unpublished research suggests that sales receipts could be a surprisingly big source of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure to American consumers, according to John C. Warner, an organic chemist and co-founder of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry. Warner believes BPA might be absorbed through the skin, in a manner […]

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EPA Director Calls for Better Labeling of Chemicals in Products

Published: 15 October 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Milwaukee Journal Sentinel” reports Lisa Jackson, director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, says that massive reform is needed if America’s children are to be protected from toxins, such as bisphenol A (BPA), found in household products. Jackson called for better labeling of chemicals in products and more rigorous testing.

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BPA Linked to Aggression in Girls

Published: 13 October 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “USA Today” reports a new study of 249 pregnant women, the first to examine the effects of bisphenol A (BPA) on children’s behavior, found that girls whose mothers had the highest levels of BPA during pregnancy were more aggressive and hyperactive at age 2 than other girls. The government’s National Toxicology Program last […]

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