Archive for the 'PET (polyethylene terephthalate)' Category

Bottled Water Manufacturers Forced to Rethink Packaging

Published: 20 April 2009
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Sustainability

According to “Beverage Daily,” bottled water manufacturers may be forced to rethink their packaging as environmental criticisms over the impact of bottling mineral water is expected to lead to stagnant growth in the segment over the coming year, especially for polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

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Some Plastic Chemicals May Reduce Virility in Boys

Published: 3 April 2009
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The Wired Science Blog reports everyday plastic packaging potentially releases toxic compounds into unsuspecting drinkers, which mimic natural sex hormones. Research suggests that fetal xenohormone exposures have been linked to reduced virility in boys and the early onset of puberty in girls, and these effects may even linger in subsequent generations.

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German Scientists Finds Estrogen-Mimicking Chemical Leaches from Polyethylene Terephthalate

Published: 2 April 2009
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

Toronto’s “Globe and Mail” reports researchers in Germany have found traces of an unknown estrogen-mimicking chemical leaching into mineral water from polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, a widely used type of plastic bottle. Scientists detected estrogenic activity in 78 percent of polyethylene terephthalate samples, according to a study published online in Environmental Science and Pollution […]

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Researchers find Substances Leaching out of Plastic Act as Functional Estrogens

Published: 2 April 2009
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to “Red Orbit,” Martin Wagner and Jörg Oehlmann from the Department of Aquatic Ecotoxicology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, found plastic mineral water bottles contaminate drinking water with estrogenic chemicals. Researchers have found these chemicals result in an increased development of embryos in the New Zealand mud snail, showing […]

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New Study Finds Estrogenic Contamination Originates from Plastic Food Packaging

Published: 24 March 2009
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations, Tetra Pak

A recent study conducted by Martin Wagner and Jörg Oehlmann has found a widespread contamination of mineral water with xenoestrogens that partly originates from compounds leaching from the plastic packaging material. The results indicate that a broader range of foodstuff may be contaminated with endocrine disruptors when packed in plastics. This provides first evidence that […]

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Bottled Water May Pose More Health Risks than Tap

Published: 20 October 2008
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS

The “Los Angeles Times” reports although bottled water and tap water have risks, tap water is subject to greater scrutiny. While large public water supplies are often tested for contaminants up to several times a day, the FDA reportedly only requires private bottlers to test for contaminants only once a week, once a year […]

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Bottled Water Creates Environmental Havoc and Possible Dangers to Human Health

Published: 27 March 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

“TIME” magazine reports in addition to the “environmental havoc” created by the manufacturing and disposal of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottled water containers, the packaging may leach harmful chemicals after repeated use. According to the article, reusable bottles (often made of polycarbonate plastic) merit scrutiny as well, as such containers allegedly contain bisphenol A (BPA), […]

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Consumers Avoid Polycarbonate Plastic Bottles Due to Concerns about Plastic Chemicals

Published: 20 March 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS

According to Toronto’s “Globe and Mail,” many people are avoiding polycarbonate bottles and food containers because of reports that such products leach trace amounts of an estrogen mimicking chemical known as bisphenol A (BPA). Environmental Defence, a Toronto-based conservation group that is lobbying the federal government to ban plastics containing BPA from food-contact uses, […]

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Study Reveals Heavy Metals and Phthalates Found in Plastic Bottled Water Samples

Published: 14 March 2008
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

Research on toxic chemicals in bottled water (Signorile, G., A. Neve, et al. (2007). “Evaluation of toxic chemical parameters and ecotoxicity levels in bottled mineral waters.” J Prev Med Hyg 48(1): 10-6) revealed that heavy metals, phthalates, characterizing elements, CO2 concentrations and pH and hardness levels were measured in forty samples of bottled mineral waters. The research did not find a significant release of phthalates from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers.

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Chemicals Found in Plastic Water Bottles “Can be a Concern”

Published: 12 March 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS

According to Illinois’ “Crystal Lake Northwest Herald,” chemicals found in plastic water bottles, such as bisphenol A (BPA), “can be a concern.” The article further reports plastic bottles No. 1 PETE (polyethylene terephthalate), which includes most of our disposable plastic bottles, “have been proven to leach DEHP after repeated use.” DEHP and BPA are […]

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