Tag: plastic

Invisible Plastic Nanoparticles Now Being Found In Drinking Water

By Heather Callaghan, Editor OrbMedia asks: If microscopic plastic is in oceans, lakes, and rivers, is it in drinking water as well? “In the first public scientific study of its kind, we found previously unknown plastic contamination in the tap water of cities around the world,” they wrote recently in a special edition. They claim everyone in the world…

Continue reading…

These Non-Plastic Bags Provide Food to Animals

By Amelia Kinney The bags dissolve quickly in warm water, and cost only two cents more than traditional supermarket bags. Although reusable grocery bags have become more common worldwide— due to bag bans, taxes, limits, and other initiatives— more than a trillion bags are discarded every year. Now, these plastic bags are strewn across once-pristine beaches and kill more…

Continue reading…

Plastic Patch Bigger Than Mexico Just Discovered in the Pacific—Humans Now Eating Plastic in Their Salt

By Justin Gardner In January 2016 we reported on a scientific analysis finding that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish. Right now, one garbage truck of plastic is being dumped into the ocean every minute. This disturbing reality is underscored by the recent discovery of another giant patch of…

Continue reading…

Purdue Alumni Create “SoyFoliate” Microbead Alternative to Plastic Used in Body Care Products

By Jason Erickson Over the last several years, much more attention has been given to determining the ill effects that microplastics (microbeads) are having on human health and the environment. Concerns have been raised in everything from toothpaste to beer to the wider ecosystem where it was found to threaten juvenile fish that were becoming…

Continue reading…

Worm Eats Plastic – Is This Really Good for The Earth?

By Heather Callaghan, Editor You may have seen passing headlines that a caterpillar was recently discovered to “eat plastic.” But take a look – there is more than meets the eye about the eco-fuzzy hooklines. The worldwide use of one trillion plastic bags each year is obviously causing a problem – especially for ocean life. Eighty million tons…

Continue reading…

Americans Drank More Water Than Soda For First Time in Recent History

By Heather Callaghan, Editor When you are constantly barraged with news of the “obesity epidemic” it’s easy to think Americans are guzzling themselves to death with sugar and aspartame-laden drinks. But it looks like an eye-opening critical mass has taken place. For the first time in modern memory Americans chose bottled water over soda pop…

Continue reading…

Science: Endometriosis, Fibroids Caused by These Common Chemicals, Billions in Annual Medical Costs

By Brandon Turbeville In a new study, a team of researchers set out to estimate the health cost of two chemicals in the European Union – pthalates and DDE. Both of these chemicals are known hormone disruptors and are found virtually everywhere in the Western world. From plastics to pesticides and from makeup to food…

Continue reading…

United Kingdom To Ban Detrimental Microbeads By 2017

By Amanda Froelich Tiny exfoliating beads found in face washes, body soaps, and toothpaste might feel good against one’s skin as they lather and repeat, but the plastic particles have actually been found to wreak havoc on the environment, as well as to be potentially harmful to human health. ENN explains that mounting evidence has confirmed that the…

Continue reading…

This Organic Bag Is 100% Biodegradable AND Completely Edible

By Amanda Froelich Meet the future of plastic: a bag that looks and feels like plastic, but will biodegrade within 180 days and can be eaten. When several Indian cities introduced a partial or total ban on plastic bags, environmental advocates applauded the effort. However, it soon became clear that not everyone would benefit from…

Continue reading…

It’s Official: California Becomes First U.S. State To Ban Plastic Bags

 By Amanda Froelich 25 million single-use plastic bags are discarded every day in California. This new law aims to benefit the environment and all wildlife. In July of 2015, Hawaii made headlines when it completely banned the use of plastic bags at a county level. Now, California in the news because it has accomplished similar,…

Continue reading…

Send this to a friend