Archive for the 'Recycling' Category

Recycling of glass and plastics

For Earth Day, Environmental Activists Urge Consumers to Stop Using Plastic Water Bottles and Bags

Published: 16 April 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer link & plastic packaging, Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling

According to Ontario’s “Sarnia Observer,” Sarnia’s Environmental Activists (SEA) are challenging local residents to stop using plastic water bottles and shopping bags for Earth Day. Members of the SEA urge reusing is better than recycling, but some kinds of plastic were not designed for reuse. According to the article, “They break down and […]

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Recycling Rates for Plastic Remain Stale, While Production Goes Up

Published: 8 April 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling

According to “CNN International,” although there appears to be widespread public outrage at the harmful environmental impacts of plastic bottles and bags in particular, recycling rates have remained fairly stale overall while production levels have in many cases gone up. According to that article, only 1 percent of plastic bags produced globally each year, […]

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“Environmentalists Attack Tetra Pak at LCBO”

Published: 2 April 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling, Sustainability, Tetra Pak

According to Toronto’s “City News,” the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) recently looked at the environmental impact of Tetra Pak containers and insists that such packaging is made from virgin pulp, aluminum and plastic, each of which creates pollution through its production. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) claims that Tetra Pak is environmentally friendly […]

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Plastic Trash is “Severely Affecting the Pacific’s Ecosystem”

Published: 31 March 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling, Sustainability

According to “Parade” magazine, a giant field of plastic trash that is twice the size of the continental United States is currently floating in the Pacific Ocean. This “man-made mess” stretches from the west coast of the United States to Japan, and is reportedly “severely affecting the Pacific’s ecosystem.” Link to Full Article

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Rising Bottled Water Sales in US Concern Conservationists

Published: 27 March 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling, Sustainability

According to the “International Herald Tribune,” rising sales of bottled water (reaching $11.7 billion in 2007 in the U.S.), is concerning U.S. conservationists, who cite issues such as: energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, waste, the environmental effect of water extraction, the perils of privatization and social issues. According to the Container Recycling Institute, […]

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Bottled Water Creates Environmental Havoc and Possible Dangers to Human Health

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

“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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WRAP Study Reveals Glass Bottling and PET Bottling Produce Similar Carbon Emissions

Published: 17 March 2008
Category: Recycling, Sustainability

Europe’s “Food Production Daily” reports a study published by WRAP suggests that manufacturing light-weighted glass is less carbon intensive than manufacturing polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles on a per unit weight basis. WRAP Director of Retail and Organics Programmes, Richard Swannel, said in a statement that this report: “demonstrates the positive environmental impact of lightweighting […]

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Environmentalists Urge Consumers to “Kick the Bottled-Water Habit”

Published: 12 March 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling

According to the “Seattle Times,” bottled water sales continue to soar and environments are urging consumers to “kick the bottled-water habit” because the plastic containers are clogging landfills, creating greenhouse gases, taking excess energy to produce, and undermining faith in municipal water systems. According to the article, 9 out of 10 plastic water bottles […]

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Plastic Debris is Ending Up in Human Beings

Published: 25 February 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling, Sustainability

The Allentown “Morning Call” reports a dangerous level of “plastic pollution” called the Eastern Garbage Patch or the Northern Pacific Subropical Gyre, is strangling the food chain and being mistaken for food by aquatic life. Some suggest that through nature’s food chain, this plastic debris is ending up in human beings. Sixty billion […]

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Plastic “Bullets” are Dangers to Environmental and Human Health

Published: 25 February 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling, Sustainability

A YouTube video called “Plastic Bullets,” created by artists and designers from New York City, highlights the alleged environmental damages from plastic bottle waste as well as the possible dangers from plastic chemical toxic migration to human health. Link to Video

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