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|6/12/2015 - Microbeads were introduced into products like face washes and toothpaste as an extra scrubbing agent. These tiny pieces of plastic were originally added to personal care products as a cheaper replacement for natural exfoliators like walnut husks and diatomaceous earth.
What Are They?Microbeads are...|
|3/9/2015 - Abandoning the use of plastic in clothing, as well as a number of other consumer products, may be the key to reducing environmental pollution caused by microscopic bits of plastic, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune.
Similar to the way plastic waste is polluting our oceans, tiny microscopic...|
|1/16/2015 - There are many situations in which a fast food restaurant should offer an apology to its customers. A mix-up at the drive-through window or an incorrectly calculated bill are a couple of examples. But what about the appearance of a human tooth in an order of fries? If not a tooth, what about enjoying...|
|12/18/2014 - One of the most unsightly traces of human existence is trash, particularly when it's recklessly littered all over our beautiful, green landscape. Unfortunately, this type of pollution isn't limited to just the land. The results of a new major study on the ocean reveal some shocking statistics, concerning...|
|10/24/2014 - The results of a new study confirm what most already know regarding the dangers of drinking bottled water that's been left in the sun. Published in the September journal of Environmental Pollution, scientists warn against leaving plastic bottled water in any warm place, especially the car.
|10/2/2014 - If you still aren't using all-natural toothpastes, this latest piece of news might help change your mind. Aside from the harmful ,toxic ingredients found in many popular toothpaste brands, like sodium fluoride (a byproduct of aluminum manufacturing), consumers now need to watch out for random pieces...|
|9/3/2014 - The California state legislature enacted a ban on single-use, plastic bags. Many cities, (several in California, Washington, and Texas) have made it illegal for grocery stores and restaurants to use plastic bags at checkout, but if the bill is signed into law, California would be the first to enact...|
|8/30/2014 - Testosterone is the driving force in men, determining physical structure, brain function, and reproductive health. This hormone is declining in virtually all populations today, giving rise to health conditions including infertility, reduced semen quality and genital malformations in newborns. A certain,...|
|8/14/2014 - More than two thousand Mainers signed a petition asking Governor Paul LePage's administration to disclose the use of harmful chemicals on product labels, according to a report by CentralMaine.com.
Supporters, including parents, doctors and business owners, rallied in support of a rule change that...|
|7/3/2014 - A full 88 percent of the ocean's surface is polluted with plastic trash residue -- but this only accounts for just 1 percent of the trash that scientists currently believe to be in the ocean, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Cadiz, Spain, and the University of Western...|
|6/20/2014 - Forget the plastic and chemicals: The best food preservatives may actually be all-natural essential oils. New research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that an edible film coated in the essential oils of clove and oregano kept bread fresher for longer than conventional...|
|6/10/2014 - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has just signed a bill into law banning the manufacture and sale of microbeads. These plastic particles, about the size of fish eggs, are used in commercial exfoliating soaps.
Illinois officially became the first state to ban microbeads in cosmetics products, setting a...|
|5/15/2014 - Plastics, many of which are plastic bottles for juices, sodas, and water have created a huge planetary ecological disposal problem. Americans use an estimated 50 billion of these disposable plastic bottles annually. And they're made from around 1.5 million gallons of crude oil each year.
From a 2006...|
|5/11/2014 - "What you see is what you get" doesn't apply to how we view the ocean. The only litter one can observe is what's on the surface. Unfortunately, the ocean's surface covers a vast underwater topography at great depths that rivals the earth's surface.
And it's where the ocean surface trash is collected,...|
|4/2/2014 - Bisphenol-A (BPA), the famous synthetic chemical compound most of us have been scared away from using, now has competition. We've all heard the term, and by now, many know to avoid this widely used hormone disrupter that mimics estrogen and has been linked to serious health challenges. From water bottles...|
|3/28/2014 - There have been many gender-bending and adverse health issues associated with BPA (bisphenol-A), an estrogen-mimicking molecule.
It promotes a cascade of unhealthy biochemical activities that may lead to breast cancer, prostate cancer, obesity, diabetes, hyperactivity, neurological issues, low sperm...|
|12/17/2013 - Have you ever wondered why cigarettes don't go out in heavy wind and why they burn so evenly, all the way from one end to the other? Could it be that plastic particles are woven into the rolling paper to make your nicotine delivery device more efficient? Cellulose acetate is a form of plastic that's...|
|8/7/2013 - Numerous people are aware of plastic pollution in our oceans and natural habitats as well as the tremendous impact it has on wild life. Many people, however, are unaware of the environmental impact of microbeads and microplastics. Microbeads are used in common products such as toothpaste, facial scrubs,...|
|5/5/2013 - The sycophantic worship of the Obamas continues unabated, especially in places like California, where sanity is at a premium.
Now, reports the Los Angeles Times, women are actually seeking plastic surgery in order to emulate the arms of first lady Michelle Obama. Apparently these women have never...|
|5/2/2013 - The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently released its 2012 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report and the findings are truly astounding. According to the latest available data, Americans and people living in America collectively spent a whopping $11 billion last year on face lifts, Botox...|
|4/6/2013 - Every year, more than 100 billion plastic bottles are dumped into landfills, where they can take hundreds or even thousands of years to begin breaking down. In many cases, these plastic bottles never fully break down because traditional plastic materials are inedible to the soil microbes responsible...|
|4/4/2013 - Plastics have long been heralded as a "scientific" breakthrough, and in many ways, plastics really are amazing materials. For cars, prosthetics, computers and industrial uses, plastics offer enormous advantages over other materials.
But when it comes to health and food, plastics are devastatingly...|
|3/30/2013 - Plans were unveiled by Boyan Slat, founder of The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, for an Ocean Cleanup Array, brought on after launching a school project that analyzed the amount and size of the plastic particles in the ocean's garbage patches.
The Ocean Cleanup Array project has the potential to remove...|
|3/12/2013 - A subsidiary of Virginia-based Smithfield Foods Inc. has issued a Class II recall on 38,000 pounds' worth of breakfast pork sausage that it says may be contaminated with small bits of plastic. According to an announcement made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the affected product is known...|
|3/10/2013 - Just because you buy organic and avoid storing your food in plastic containers does not necessarily mean that the toxic plastics chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) is no longer in your food. A recent study published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology has revealed that BPA and...|
|12/9/2012 - Even though millions of Americans are without work and struggling just to keep food on the table, there is a growing segment of the wealthy female population that is lavishly indulging in expensive spa treatments, exotic "beauty" procedures, and plastic surgeries in order to keep themselves continually...|
|11/17/2012 - As soda sales leveled off in the U.S., multinational corporations like PepsiCo, Coca Cola and Nestle found a cash cow in marketing bottled water as the healthy alternative. Though blessed with an abundance of clean water, the U.S. now consumes more bottled water than any other country, piling up enough...|
|5/15/2012 - The world's oceans are increasingly becoming dumping grounds for mankind's waste, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the Pacific, where amounts of floating plastic garbage have increased 100-fold.
The ocean where so many epic, nation-saving World War II battles were won is now home to increasing...|
|5/9/2012 - Only around 7 percent of plastic waste in the United States gets recycled, estimates the Environmental Protection Agency. Several attempts at turning plastic into oil have been made in the past with not much success, but a new start-up company based in New York has a real solution for transforming recyclable...|
|2/27/2012 - What if it was possible to eliminate much of the world's otherwise very-slowly-biodegrading plastic waste using a natural Amazonian fungus? Well, it just might be, thanks to research conducted by Jonathan Russell and colleagues from Yale University's Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry,...|
|11/11/2011 - Plastic bottle waste represents the single largest source of litter at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, which is why park officials there have been working towards implementing a ban on the sale of disposable plastic bottles. But after a recent meeting with the Coca-Cola Company, which has donated...|
|11/9/2011 - Microwaving food inside containers made of plastic, cellophane, cardboard and styrofoam may leach toxins into the food and increases the levels of carcinogens being consumed. Since most containers do not visibly melt or get hot, consumers have the false notion that the synthetic boxes and wrappers are...|
|10/24/2011 - These days, we seem to be surrounded by plastic products. From the containers we store food in to the interior of the vehicles we drive, these plastics pose serious risks to our health as well as the environment. Side effects of the chemicals used in the manufacturing process of plastic include endocrine...|
|10/19/2011 - Researchers in Barcelona recently took a look at the effects of Bisphenol A (BPA) - a substance that's commonly used in plastics and is also unfortunately found in the blood of most humans on the planet - on ovaries. In doing so, they found the BPA dramatically alters the development of ovarian cells,...|
|7/27/2011 - The extent to which individuals are willing to go under the knife to alter their appearance is rapidly increasing, and we are not just talking about wrinkle removal or the infamous nose job. According to a recent Reuters report, facial reconstruction surgery that involves altering face shape and bone...|
|6/19/2011 - Bottled water is the fastest growing segment of the beverage industry with annual sales exceeding $11 billion. Bottled water companies have used slick marketing to convince the public that their water is cleaner and healthier to drink. Unfortunately, bottled water is not only hazardous to our health,...|
|5/26/2011 - Following other California cities, including San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Barbara, Long Beach City Council is on the verge of enacting a citywide ban on plastic bags. Now, the European Union may follow suit.
It could be against the law for stores in the EU to stock them or there could be a new...|
|5/24/2011 - The Atlantic recently posed the obvious but, as yet, unasked question: What is in the new BPA-free plastics that are now flooding the market, and how do we know they are safe? (http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/04/beyond-bpa-could-bpa-free-products-be-just-as-unsafe/237246/)
|4/2/2011 - Mike Adams recently interviewed Phil Moffett, who is running for governor of Kentucky. Phil is proposing that Kentucky defy the federal government's ban on hemp. His focus is on industrial hemp, not medical marijuana, and he wants to return this cash crop to Kentucky's farmers.
There's even more...|
|3/10/2011 - Warnings against Bisphenol (BPA)-containing plastics are rampant. Most people understand that BPA should be avoided. But do people understand what BPA is? This article attempts to shed light on BPA. However, the information presented here is not all-inclusive and it is important to conduct your own...|
|2/16/2011 - By now, most Natural News readers are familiar with the potential health hazards of plastic containers for foods and beverages. Harmful chemicals can leech into the foods or liquids in these containers and bottles. Of course, one remedy is to avoid plastic food containers and bags completely. But this...|
|2/10/2011 - Water constitutes roughly sixty percent of the human body. The maintenance of water levels is necessary to avoid dehydration and critical for the survival of human life. Modern industry, however, has placed humans in a precarious position related to this essential ingredient of life. In consumer-based...|
|10/19/2010 - Much of the concern surrounding plastic products these days is centered around bisphenol-A (BPA), a plastics chemical that numerous studies have found disrupts proper hormonal function and interferes with proper sexual development, among other things. But phthalates, another type of plastics chemical,...|
|9/16/2010 - For years, I've always carried my own drinking water when I'm at the gym or running errands around town. That's because I don't drink out of water fountains with all their chlorinated, fluoridated public water sources (yuck!). I can't stand restaurant water, which is usually just gross tap water with...|
|8/15/2010 - Researchers have come up with a solution to the problem of plastic outgasing -- or the toxic release of plastic chemicals into food and the environment. The new technology prevents chemical leeching from certain plastics by stopping polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a commonly used plastic chemical, from migrating...|
|4/13/2010 - Earlier this year, research linked bisphenol A (BPA), a common component of plastics and a powerful hormone disrupter, to heart disease (http://www.naturalnews.com/027974_bisphenol_A_heart_disease.html). Now, in the March issue of the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental...|
|2/15/2010 - Innovative farmers from areas as diverse as Maine, New York and Tennessee, are proving that vegetables can be grown in all seasons. Utilizing plastic and PVC to make "tunnels," or hanging recycled plastic bottles in windows, these farmers respond to cravings for local produce year-round and teach others...|
|1/30/2010 - As the price for crude oil continues to rise over time, the cost of producing petroleum-based plastic products continues to rise with it. Alternatives such as bio-plastics, which currently cost more to produce than existing plastics, may someday become more cost effective than petroleum-based plastics.
|1/18/2010 - According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the U.S. Various forms of the disease take the lives of over 80 million Americans a year. And while we've all heard about the risk factors for cardiovascular disease -- including smoking, being overweight,...|
|11/17/2009 - In a bombshell finding that has far-reaching implications for society and culture, scientists at the University of Rochester have found that phthalates -- the chemical found in many vinyl and plastic products -- tends to "feminize" boys, altering their brains to express more feminine characteristics....|
|10/14/2009 - Drinking water from plastic bottles made with the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) increases urinary levels of the chemical by nearly 70 percent, according to a study conducted by researchers from Harvard University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
BPA, an industrial chemical that...|
|8/1/2009 - The general population is aware that recycling products like plastic, oil, batteries, and paper is very helpful and good for the environment. The recycling bandwagon was back in full swing during the later part of the 90`s, and then slowly subsided because of the hassle of putting it into action.
|7/18/2009 - Scientists recently patted themselves on the back for discovering an "allergy gene." They say defects in this gene increase the likeliness that a person will develop allergies, so they want to screen entire future populations for this gene mutation and put them on drug treatments. Never mind that many...|
|6/30/2009 - A form of plastic was first introduced at London's Great International Exhibition in 1862. It was not the same as the plastics we see today; these became popular after WWI when petroleum became more readily available. Plastics have changed lives and have many uses. They are used in hospitals, airplanes,...|
|4/8/2009 - In spite of rising concern over the endocrine-disrupting effects of bisphenol-A (BPA), the chemical is still used in dental sealants that are strongly recommended by the American Dental Association.
BPA is used in a wide variety of industrial applications, including in the making of compact discs,...|
|3/9/2009 - After years of insisting Bisphenol-A (BPA) posed no threat to the health of babies, six larger manufacturers of baby bottles have announced they will stop shipping new baby bottles made with the chemical. No existing baby bottles are being recalled, however. Nor are they being taken off the shelves...|
|1/30/2009 - Bottled water is typically considered to be a healthy alternative to drinking plain tap water. In fact, Americans drink approximately eight million gallons of bottled water every year. While bottled water is definitely a better choice than soft drinks or sports drinks that contain high fructose corn...|
|12/1/2008 - This interview is an excerpt from Kevin Gianni's Renegade Water Secrets, which can be found at (http://www.renegadewatersecrets.com) . In this excerpt, Mike Adams puts the dangers and myths surrounding plastic water bottles into perspective and offers helpful tips on selecting water filters.
|9/16/2008 - If you live in the U.S. and eat any packaged foods at all, you are probably also consuming the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA. Now, for the first time, scientists have made a startling discovery about the chemical that could help explain the epidemic of heart disease and diabetes in this country.
|8/28/2008 - In a move that surprised no one, the FDA has aligned itself with the chemical industry and declared that Bisphenol-A, a plastics chemical previously linked to neural defects, is safe enough for babies to drink! Echoing the profit-minded desires of the chemical companies that manufacture plastic products,...|
|7/25/2008 - Medical science has discovered how sensitive the insulin receptor sites are to chemical poisoning. Metals such as cadmium, mercury, arsenic, lead, fluoride and possibly aluminum may play a role in the actual destruction of beta cells through stimulating an auto-immune reaction to them after they have...|
|5/8/2008 - Our children's brains and reproductive organs may be having their development harmed by an estrogen-like chemical that is present in plastic according to a federal health agency report. BPA is an ingredient in polycarbonate plastic. BPA is also one of the most widely used synthetic chemicals today....|
|5/2/2008 - A mass of plastic debris twice the size of Texas is still growing in the Pacific Ocean, fueled primarily by plastic trash generated on the land. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch consists of 3.5 million tons of trash, 80 percent of it plastic, floating in a rarely-traveled portion of the Pacific Ocean...|
|3/25/2008 - A swirling, floating garbage dump in the North Pacific Ocean twice the size of the United States has been noticed in recent years and is growing at a swift pace. It is called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The number of plastic pieces in the Pacific Ocean has tripled in the last ten years and the...|
|3/10/2008 - It is twice the size of the continental United States, yet you cannot set foot on it. Scientists have named it "Plastic Soup", and appropriately so. Floating in the Northern Pacific Ocean lays a huge expanse of plastic refuse. This garbage patch is actually two attached areas on either side of Hawaii,...|
|9/12/2007 - This Q&A report is a follow up from our hugely popular Pomegranate and Blueberry Juice Consumer Shopping Guide, which exposes dishonest juice products sold in grocery stores. Many readers are asking great questions about these products: Is raw better than pasteurized? Is reconstituted juice as good...|
|8/9/2007 - Before you decide to chew on the cap of your water bottle because you're nervous, make sure the plastic you are chewing on isn't full of carcinogens and chemicals -- even though lobbyists for the plastics industry argue that any traces of the toxic substance bisphenol A are low and therefore, insubstantial.
|3/28/2007 - San Francisco's city council has voted to become the first U.S. city to ban large supermarkets from using plastic bags made from petroleum products. The legislation, approved today by the city's Board of Supervisors, is on its way to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and expected to be signed by him....|
|1/15/2007 - Researchers from the University of Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory have a chance to revolutionize the electronics industry if they can develop plastic semiconductors.
The idea is to replace the silicon wafers in standard microchips with layers or circuitry on plastic substrates. While the concept...|
|11/2/2006 - Brown University engineers have created a new battery that uses plastic, not metal, to conduct electrical current. The hybrid device marries the power of a capacitor with the storage capacity of a battery.
A description of the prototype is published in Advanced Materials.
"Batteries have limits,"...|
|8/24/2006 - A California start-up company has found a way to produce plastic items -- such as forks, knives, cups and food packaging -- from a cornstarch compound, rather than traditional petroleum-based compounds.
Frederic Scheer -- CEO of Santa Monica-based Cereplast -- found a way to make organic plastic...|
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|8/6/2004 - Every once in a while, new technology emerges in the field of food manufacturing that offers the potential for a real breakthrough in the delivery of fresh, nutritious food products to consumers. Such is the case with a new edible food film that has been developed by researchers from the Oregon State...|
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