Archive for March, 2010

EPA Declares BPA “Chemical of Concern”

Published: 31 March 2010
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

Declaring it a “chemical of concern,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday announced that it is mounting an investigation of the environmental effects of bisphenol A (BPA). The EPA will require industry to conduct testing of the chemical related to its effects on aquatic animals and other wildlife. It also will require some monitoring of drinking water supplies. The EPA’s announcement comes two months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shifted its stance and announced a similar investigation of BPA in food and beverage packaging. Most human exposure to BPA, an ingredient of polycarbonate plastic, comes from plastic bottles and canned foods. Animal tests show that BPA is an estrogen-like chemical that causes reproductive and developmental effects. In humans, BPA is linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

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40 Green Tips for Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary!

Published: 30 March 2010
Category: Recycling, Sustainability

Earth911.com is counting down 40 green tips for the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 22nd)!! You can tweet the tips to win green prizes!

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WineLovesGlass.com Engages and Educates Wine Lovers!

Published: 29 March 2010
Category: Organic Products in Glass

Wine drinkers have a new resource for need-to-know wine news and trends at the just-launched WineLovesGlass.com. The new website, developed by glass packaging manufacturer Owens-Illinois, Inc. (O-I), aims to educate visitors about the benefits of wine in glass bottles and the important role packaging plays in protecting the taste, look, and aroma of wine.

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The Bottle Bank Arcade: Making Glass Bottle Recycling Fun!

Published: 26 March 2010
Category: Organic Products in Glass, Recycling, Sustainability

TheFunTheory.com, an initiative from Volkswagen, proves that fun is the easiest way to change people’s behavior for the better. They turned a typical European bottle bank for recycling glass bottles and jars into an arcade, complete with lights and noise. In just one night, the bottle bank arcade was used by nearly 100 people, while […]

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A Plastic Bag’s Journey from Grocery Store to Pacific Ocean

Published: 25 March 2010
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Sustainability

This short film traces the epic, existential journey of a plastic bag searching for its lost maker, the woman who took it home from the store and eventually discarded it. Along the way, it encounters strange creatures, experiences love in the sky, grieves the loss of its beloved maker, and tries to grasp its purpose in the world. In the end, the wayward plastic bag wafts its way to the ocean, into the tides, and out into the Pacific Ocean trash vortex ….

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British Designer Paul Smith Fashions New Evian Glass Water Bottle

Published: 25 March 2010
Category: Organic Products in Glass

SmithBottleEvian Natural Spring Water has partnered with brilliant British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith on a new limited edition 750 mL glass bottle. According to Smith, “It is a nice glass bottle with colourful stripes around the top, printed with organic ink!” Smith’s design is the third in a series of designer bottles for Evian’s latest youth-oriented ad campaign, “Live Young,” following one by Christian Lacroix in 2008 and last year’s model by Jean Paul Gaultier. The bottle comes with five different collectible caps, and is available online at www.ShopEvian.com as well as in fine restaurants, hotels, concept stores, and wellness centers in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami in the U.S.

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Recycling 101: What NOT to put in the bin

Published: 24 March 2010
Category: Recycling, Sustainability

Ever wandered what is recyclable and what isn’t? Earth911.com provides a list of materials that you can pretty much guarantee should be kept out of your community’s recycling bins (unless of course the bin or the program specifically says that you can drop it in), including: shredded paper, milk and juice cartons, the wrong plastic resin, bottle caps, and broken glass.

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For Spring: 8 Ways to Go Green!

Published: 24 March 2010
Category: Sustainability

Earth911.com recommends eight ways to go green this spring, including using energy efficient items in your home, planting a garden, using non-toxic cleaners, and decluttering your life!

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“Once you go natural wine, there is no going back”

Published: 24 March 2010
Category: Organic Products in Glass

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Washington State Passes Ban on BPA in Children’s Containers and Sports Bottles

Published: 23 March 2010
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Associated Press” reports Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed a ban on the manufacture and sale of food and drink containers made with bisphenol A (BPA) if they’re intended for children under age 3. Sports water bottles made with the chemical are also banned. The ban on children’s containers would go into effect […]

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