Entries Tagged as 'Plastic in the News'

A voyage of awareness

Embedded video from CNN Video David de Rothschild is making a statement and voyage with a vessel made of plastic bottles. He and his crew are constructing a 60-foot catamaran which, with exception of the metal masts, is made entirely from recycled plastic. He plans to set sail from San Francisco in April and make […]

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What do soy, plastic, and cute little vinyl toys have in common? Don’t count on the FDA to tell you.

Recently over a vegan lunch, a girlfriend of mine told me of her favorite way to make a baked potato. She covers it in plastic wrap and puts in the microwave. I cringed, and held back the urge to lecture her over our tofu laden lunch. There may not be evidence that plastic wrap leaches […]

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Paper or Plastic, The Argument Goes On

Well revelations come in many forms and this one happens to come in the form of a website!  Just when I thought I hated plastic (and I really do), I just learned that using plastic bags is better than paper but only if you ‘REUSE’ them… (much better than recycling).  Check out this website www.savetheplasticbag.com.  […]

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The Packaging Police! Raising the Alarm About Poison Plastics

Remember the days when you could buy a simple cable without any packaging? Or a light bulb in a cardboard container, or nearly any other product that did not require super human strength to open?  To the surprise of most people, this scourge of “clam shell packaging”, is not only crowding landfills, clogging oceans, and […]

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My Recycling Bin Is A Temptress

A couple weeks ago my aunt handed me this postcard. She thought I’d appreciate it given my obsession with lecturing the family, and ‘going negative’ at events like kid’s birthday parties when living rooms become seas of clam shell packaging.   It’s a newish compulsion, but I every time I see one of my adorable nieces […]

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PVC Packaging – gone by 2015??

Assemblywoman Julia Brownley of Santa Monica has written a proposed law that would ban PVC packaging by the year 2015. The clamshell packaging with super sharp edges is not just a pain to open, it often contains lead and cadmium which are harmful to human health, as well as the environmental damage through the leaching […]

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See! Cutting Down on Plastic is Good for You ~ Thank you, Ikea!

In a bid to become more eco-friendly, last March, Ikea’s U.S. division started to charge 5 cents per bag for going plastic. The alternative for customers was to either bring in their own bags or buy $0.59 reusable ones from Ikea. After one year, the company reports that the response was exceptional. Ikea’s initial goal […]

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Mother Earth’s favorite veggie

In Fort Bragg, CA mushrooms are being discussed beyond the scope of pizza toppings. Turkey tail and oyster mushrooms (pictured above) have been used in the cleaning up of oil spills, through a process called bioremediation. Bragg locals are proposing their town be the pilot study to see if these mushrooms can treat the dioxin […]

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Let’s Bring Back Glass!

ALERT GET RID OF THOSE PLASTIC BABY BOTTLES, is what I hear when NPR opens an interview with the following quote “Water bottles, baby bottles, and food cans, might cause cancer, early puberty, and neural and behavorial changes.” A new study and draft report by a Federal Health Agency, The National Toxicology Program, claims that […]

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Seattle Bans Sale Of Bottled Water

First San Francisco banned it. Then Chicago started taxing it. Now, the city of Seattle is taking action against bottled water; last week, Mayor Greg Nickels signed an executive order to stop the city from buying bottled water. That means no more bottled water at city facilities and events, which may sound like a small […]

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