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Europe's ocean depths and seafloor found littered with trash

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,...

ENSO plastic bottle breakthrough: These bottles decompose in landfills, and they're recyclable, too!

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...

Top ten ways humanity is being murdered in the name of 'evidence-based science' (#8 Plastics)

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...

Plastics chemical in packaged foods linked to asthma in babies

5/6/2011 - BPA, also known as bisphenol-A, is a chemical compound often used in the production of a large variety of plastics. The widespread use of BPA has come under public scrutiny due to known connection to a host of health problems, including heart complications, cancer, neurological issues, diabetes and...

Scientists discover way to create "green" cars from fruit fibers

4/11/2011 - Nobody wants to end up with a car that's a proverbial problem-plagued "lemon". But if you are looking for a truly green car, you might consider buying one in a couple of years that's made out of bananas or pineapples. Really. This isn't a joke, even if it does sound a bit fruity. It turns out...

How to determine which plastics are safe for storing foods or beverages

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...

BPA plastics chemical now linked to asthma

7/1/2010 - The controversial chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), already linked to a wide array of health problems, may also increase the risk of asthma in children, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston and published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. BPA...

FDA reverses position on BPA in plastics, now admits concern over the chemical

6/17/2010 - Following its 2008 declaration that the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) is a safe additive in food and beverage plastics, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received criticism from consumer advocacy groups and others for neglecting scientific evidence that indicated the contrary. The agency reluctantly...

BPA Plastics and PBDEs Increase Concerns for Infertility

2/22/2010 - Infertility is not an easy issue for any couple to deal with. For some this miracle of life can become a daunting task, and a failure to conceive has been the cause of many separations. Research has shown that due to the increase of plastics being used infertility rates are on the rise. Recent research...

Plant-Based Plastics to Replace Petroleum Plastics?

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. Frederic...

Prenatal exposure to BPA in plastics makes young girls aggressive

11/3/2009 - How's this for a B movie sci fi plot: evil scientists use chemicals to transform toddler girls into terrifying little monsters. Unfortunately, researchers have uncovered a real life scenario that has some serious similarities to this creepy fantasy. While there are no evil doing scientists or true monsters...

Bisphenol A Plastics Chemical is Unsafe at Any Level, Says BPA Researcher

9/18/2008 - As Canada considers banning bisphenol A (BPA) in all infant products, a leading BPA researcher warns that even this unprecedented measure does not go far enough. "If it's hard and clear and doesn't say 'No BPA,' don't use it," said Frederick vom Saal of the University of Missouri-Columbia. BPA...

Research Links Plastics Containing Bisphenol A to Heart Disease and Diabetes

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. Previous...

FDA Declares Bisphenol-A Plastics Chemical Safe Enough for Babies to Drink

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,...

Bisphenol A chemical commonly found in canned soup and food storage plastics

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. Bisphenol...

Researcher calling for ban of plastics chemical says major chemical company tried to silence his report

12/5/2006 - University of Missouri, Columbia biological sciences professor Fred vom Saal is determined to show that plastics corporations are just as dangerous as tobacco companies, and reports that one major chemical company tried to persuade him to hold off on publishing his research to that effect. The primary...

Plastics chemical bisphenol-A may promote breast cancer

8/28/2006 - New research appearing in the journal Chemistry & Biology has shown that a chemical found in harder plastics -- such as those used to make water cooler jugs and CD cases -- may promote breast cancer. Researchers from Indiana University studied how bisphenol-A (BPA) may be more easily absorbed by...

Biodegradable plastics breakthrough creates plastic tableware from cornstarch

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...

Plastics chemical bisphenol A found to promote prostate cancer in animal studies

7/6/2006 - According to a 2006 University of Illinois study, a synthetic molecule found in plastics known as bisphenol A (BPA), can react with a natural human estrogen while males are in the womb, and lead to a higher risk of prostate cancer later in life. Laboratory rats were dosed with levels of BPA experienced...

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