Archive for December, 2010

Research Finds Some Bioplastics Have A Higher Environmental Footprint

Published: 29 December 2010
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Sustainability

According to “Discovery News,” Plant-based plastics appeal to green-minded consumers thanks to their renewable origins, but their production carries environmental costs that make them less green than they may seem, research says. “The main concern for us is that these plant-derived products have a green stamp on them just because they’re derived from biomass,” said […]

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New Study Indicates That BPA Can Have a Negative Impact on Women’s Reproductive Health

Published: 27 December 2010
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to “EmaxHealth,” on the heels of research showing that bisphenol A (BPA) can harm male fertility, a new study finds evidence that the chemical can damage egg quality and fertility in women. In the study conducted at the University of California, San Francisco (UCFS) investigators found that among women undergoing IVF at the UCSF […]

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Top 10 Glassy Christmas Gifts

Published: 22 December 2010
Category: Organic Products in Glass

The Glass Packaging Institute is counting down the days to Christmas by listing their top 10 gift ideas. Some of the items include: reusable glass water bottles, recycled glass ornaments, organic bath salts and more.

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Massachusetts Bans BPA in Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups

Published: 20 December 2010
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to the “Associated Press,” The Public Health Council approved the new regulations barring the production or sale of reusable food and beverage containers for toddlers and infants that contain bisphenol A (BPA). The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow says the limited ban leaves infants and toddlers vulnerable to exposure to BPA in infant formula […]

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Omaha Restaurant Serves Up Sustainability

Published: 17 December 2010
Category: Local, Recycling, Sustainability

The “Omaha World-Herald” reports Grey Plume, a local restaurant, has been named the greenest restaurant in America by the Green Restaurant Association. The restaurant’s menu is driven by the foods available regionally during the season, and use compostable and recycled material for take-home items. A local glass artist crafted the bread-and-butter plates from wine bottles […]

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Chemicals in Toys Pose Potential Safety Hazards

Published: 16 December 2010
Category: Phthalates, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

“Ocean City Today” reports Maryland PIRG, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental protection, consumer rights and good government, released its 25th annual “Trouble in Toyland” report, a nationwide survey that warns consumers of possible hidden toy hazards and provides guidelines for parents purchasing toys for small children, as well as examples of toys that […]

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New Study Finds Traces of BPA On Money

Published: 15 December 2010
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Los Angeles Times” reports a study sponsored by health advocacy groups has found bisphenol A (BPA) on money. Researchers working with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and the Washington Toxics Coalition collected receipts from over 20 states and found that half of the thermal receipts tested were made with large quantities of “unbound” BPA, which […]

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BPA Among The Seven Products on “WalletPop” Blacklist

Published: 14 December 2010
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

Consumer blog “WalletPop” asked experts to suggest products that consumers should avoid buying. Among the nominated products was bisphenol A (BPA). Why? It’s been known since the 1930s that BPA mimics estrogen. But it wasn’t until the 1980s that evidence started to grow that there could be health implications when BPA leached into things like […]

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Chemicals Found In Beauty Products May Raise Health Concerns

Published: 13 December 2010
Category: Allergic Triggers, Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to “Inquirer,” chemicals in bath and body products may have a wide range of adverse health effects. Dr. Paula Baillie-Hamilton, author of “Toxic Overload” and supporter of the campaign group Chemical Safe Skincare, believes that absorbing chemicals through our skin is more dangerous than swallowing them.

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New Study Links Common Antibacterial Ingredients to Health Problems

Published: 10 December 2010
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to “Mother Nature Network,” a new study links common antibacterial soap ingredient triclosan to allergy problems, and also links Bisphenol A (BPA) to negative impacts on the immune system. The study from the University of Michigan suggests kids with higher exposure to triclosan — which gets into our bodies via everything from antimicrobial soap […]

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