News Stories relating to "plastic"
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Plastic waste is one of the scourges of the modern world, being generated via every industry from electronics to packaging and vehicles. Once discarded, plastic chokes our landfills and oceans for centuries, and when one considers that humans produce almost 300 million tons of plastic each year, the extent of the problem becomes all too clear....
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
A new plastic material, inspired by the clotting action of human blood, has been created by engineers at the University of Illinois.
The plastic contains a network of "capillaries" that mimic the action of blood vessels in the human body, delivering chemicals to "heal" and repair damaged plastic "tissue....
Friday, March 15, 2013
Men's fertility could be threatened by chemicals in our environment--especially estrogenic plastics. Scientists examining dead otters in the UK for the last 20 years have noticed a decrease in penis bone weight (but not length).
Despite the slang term "boner," human males don't have a penis bone, but many other primates do...
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Working with plastic parts containing BPA--in auto industries, for instance--may make women more vulnerable to breast cancer. Women in Toronto's plastic automotive parts factories have complained about pungent fumes and dust that caused nosebleeds, headaches, nausea and dizziness.
In the November 19th edition of the Toronto Star, Jim...
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Obese children show greater exposure than nonobese children to a phthalate, a chemical used to soften plastics in some children’s toys and many household products. It's even found in some pacifiers!
Phthalates are found in plastic food packages, medical equipment and building materials such as vinyl flooring, and even in...
Thursday, May 10, 2012
If you want to get pregnant, see your dentist (No, we don't mean you should have sex in the dental chair). A recent Australian study compared rates of periodontal disease with the speed by which women conceived and found that women with fewer cavities got pregnant more quickly. It turns out that the kind of oral bacteria that causes cavities also...
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Some people think we buy cars that look like us
, but if your next car is made from fruit, that won't be the case. Hopefully it won't be a lemon, but it COULD be a pineapple or a banana. And that plastic bottle you're drinking out of could turn out to be made out of meat scraps.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
There are millions of tons of trash floating in our oceans, much of it plastic (meaning it won't disappear anytime soon). Scientists are now trying to figure out how to clean it up. The largest "floating island" of plastic trash is in the North Pacific and covers an area twice the size of France. Other trash islands have been discovered...
Monday, August 2, 2010
Float it, don't toss it - Plastic can be a problem in many ways, including polluting the ocean. To solve the transportation problem AND the pollution problem, build a boat out of discarded plastic bottles.
Just such a boat--the "Plastiki"--made from over 12 thousand plastic bottles, completed a 4 month, 9,000 mile,...
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The SOLUTION! - We have plastic problems, but there's an easy way to tell WHICH plastics are safe and which are not, so we can discard them from our kitchens and avoid eating or drinking out of them.
In the December 6th edition of the New York Times, Nicholas D. Kristof writes, "What if breast cancer in the United States...
Monday, December 7, 2009
There are war problems and there are plastic problems. We've explained why plastic baby bottles can be bad for baby boys. Now it turns out that when mothers drink out of plastic bottles when pregnant, it can affect the personalities of their girl babies, when they reach the "terrible twos."
BPA is commonly used in the production of...
Monday, June 15, 2009
It may be hard to believe, but common plastic items we use every day may be extremely dangerous.
Exposure during pregnancy to the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, found in many common plastic household items, is known to cause a fertility defect in the mother's offspring in animal studies. Endocrinologist Hugh Taylor says, "The big mystery...
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Now that we've discovered what is causing all that prostate cancer, can we do something about the plastic in baby bottles and water bottles?
Canada has already removed BPA from all plastics that contain food or drink (or may be used to hold them). The US has finally acted as well: we have plans to remove this dangerous chemical from baby...
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Will we do the same, or give in to Big Business? - We already know that plastic baby bottles are dangerous for boys. Now Canada says that the same kind of plastic (known as BPA) is poisonous for everyone!
In April 16th edition of the New York Times, Ian Austen reports that the Canadian government is about to declare as...
Saturday, September 13, 2003
Most of us eat a little plastic every day, because certain types of plastics leach dangerous chemicals into the food they contain?especially when they're heated?and these are even made into baby bottles. But scientists are creating edible food wraps made out of fruits and vegetables, so it will soon be safe to not only eat the food, but also...
Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Think how many times a day you drink out of a plastic soda or water bottle?we even feed babies with plastic bottles. Now researchers have found disturbing new evidence that exposure to a substance found in plastic food and drink containers may cause an unborn child to develop abnormal chromosomes. Down syndrome is one example of a birth defect...