Archive for May, 2007

Major Regulatory Loopholes may Lead to Toxic Products on Store Shelves

Published: 14 May 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Studies/Federal Regulations

According to the Seattle Post Intelligencer, “major loopholes” in federal law prevent the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from approving the safety of cosmetics and personal-care items, resulting in many products on store shelves allegedly containing chemicals that may be linked to “cancer, birth defects and reproductive harm.” Two suspected toxins include bisphenol A […]

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“War on Plastic Heating Up”?

Published: 9 May 2007
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling

According to the Toronto Star, the plastic industry is under attack because of what plastic may do to what we eat or drink and the environment. Plastic allegedly does not break down or biodegrade, which is said to be a detriment to the environment. According to environmentalist David Suzuki, plastic causes “unbelievable pollution.” Consumers are […]

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States and Cities Take Action Against Toxins

Published: 9 May 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Uncategorized

The USA Today reports that rather than waiting for approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), states and cities are taking steps toward banning toxic substances found in consumer goods. Among such toxins of concern is Bisphenol A. This chemical reportedly gives plastic its smooth texture, but according to lab tests, it can allegedly […]

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Legislature Advances Child-Protection Bills

Published: 9 May 2007
Category: Cancer link & plastic packaging, Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates

According to the Mercury News, in Sacramento, one bill, AB1108, will ban the use of phthalates in baby products. This alleged toxin is used in baby’s toys, bottles, and other consumer product goods made for youth. Phthalates can allegedly leach over time into the bodies of children. Phthalates are reportedly linked to […]

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Canada Fights to Ban BPA

Published: 8 May 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Uncategorized

The Star Phoenix recently reported that some Canadian government scientists have classified BPA (Bisphenol A) as “inherently toxic” and it was selected as one of the 200 substances deemed as possibly dangerous and in need of further research. Now executive director of Toronto-based Environmental Defense, Rick Smith, is urging the government to ban the alleged […]

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Scientists debate over harmfulness of bisphenol A (BPA)

Published: 7 May 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS

According to Newsweek magazine, 153 out of 167 government funded studies found that the chemical bisphenol a (BPA), used to make some plastics, had toxic effects on animals, such as inducing low sperm count. However, industry scientists have not found any problems with Bisphenol A. This may be because they tested this estrogen-like chemical […]

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Choose Tap or Glass Bottled Water for the Environment

Published: 7 May 2007
Category: Packaging CONCERNS

According to an article on treehugger.com, tap water is actually safer to drink than bottled water. For those who want to use a bottle and still go green, it has been found that using glass bottles for water is the best choice. Glass is made of inert, non-synthetic chemicals and it is endlessly recyclable. Link […]

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Parents Switch to Glass Baby Bottles because of Plastic Concerns

Published: 4 May 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS

In a recent article released by the Los Angeles Times, parents expressed their concerns about the chemicals found in plastic baby bottles. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a chemical used in the making of polycarbonate plastic. According to a report done by a Los Angeles environmental advocacy group, this chemical can leach from polycarbonate […]

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Consumers Urged to switch to the Tap due to toxicity and environmental concerns over plastic bottles

Published: 3 May 2007
Category: Packaging CONCERNS

Out of concern for the environment, restaurant chains in Toronto have urged consumers to skip ordering pricey bottled water and order tap. This campaign started in California last summer at a prestigious restaurant. Plastic bottles are reportedly going to landfills and the carbon being expended from them is allegedly causing environmental damage that can […]

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The U.S. Government and the Bisphenol A controversy: Is our country protecting us?

Published: 2 May 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS

According to Inside Bay Area, the U.S. government may not be taking the appropriate actions to safeguard its children from certain chemicals found in everyday products, including bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is found in some hard plastic products and has been implicated as a hormone-mimicking agent that has the ability to “scramble chromosomes and […]

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