Critics Raise Alarm Over BPA-free Bottles

A prominent writer and a team of scientists warn baby bottles without BPA are still laced with other suspect chemicals.

Dominique Browning , author, former magazine editor and environmental issues columnist, wrote this week, "A manufacturer can replace BPA with another untested compound and get a few years' use out of it before it, too, becomes the subject of health alerts.

"We are the guinea pigs." Canada in 2010 became the first country to declare Bisphenol-A a toxic substance . The European Union bans BPA in baby bottles.

The chemical used to harden plastics, most notably in baby bottles and plastic water bottles, mimics estrogen activity and has been linked with cancers. BPA has also been used as a component of resin in tin can linings and to coat thermal paper store receipts.

But a study by scientists at the University of Texas and Georgetown University found, "In some cases, BPA-free products released chemicals having more EA (estrogenic activity) than BPA-containing products." The researchers used 450 commonly used items bought from stores for their tests.

Almost all commercially available plastic products, from baby bottles to rigid food packing to flexible wrap, studied by the team "leached chemicals having reliably detectable EA," the study said.

BPA fears have also pushed the speciality paper company Appleton Paper to replace the chemical in thermal store receipts with Bisphenol-S.

BPS, said Browning, is also used to make polyethersulfone plastic, which is used in some baby bottles.

And while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is studying BPS and other substitutes, there are no conclusive results yet.

"We have no opinion on the alternatives because we haven't completed our studies yet," EPA spokeswoman Cal Baier-Anderson told Science News "We must reverse the process: test first," Browning wrote in a New York Times opinion piece . "Parents of newborns hardly have time to take showers, much less inquire about the chemical components of sippy cups." Among the other substitutes are BPAF, a flourinated version of BPA used in electronic devices, and Bisphenol-B. Both have shown serious health risks.

Even materials that start out EA-free can change in the manufacturing process into chemicals with estrogenic activity, the study found. Once they're purchased, everyday uses involving UV light, microwaves, heat or freezing can turn them into EA chemicals.

"Many plastic products are mischaracterized as being EA-free if extracted with only one solvent and not exposed to common-use stresses," the study said.

Study co-author Dr. George Bittner of the University of Texas has founded PlastiPure to manufacture plastic bottles without estrogenic chemicals.

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PVC is a soft and adaptable plastic that can be molded to any shape and dyed to any color or shade, because they can withstand most wear and tear and washes and still outlast the clothing ,so that we use it to manufacture soft rubber PVC patches and labels that are more durable than cloth patches. Soft PVC patches also can be made with a 2D or 3D design.PVC patches are perfect for jackets, hats, backpacks, and bags. Why? PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a waterproof and weather-resistant material, and as a result PVC translates into wonderfully durable plastic patches. They are the alternative go-to for outdoor gear, such as camping equipment, covers and outerwear. As with all of our products, our pvc patches are custom-designed to your specifications.Soft PVC patches are very popular for: police departments, military units, scout groups, highway patrols and fire departments, outdoor & sports such as airsoft, paintball, and hiking.They can be sewn on the garment equipment or they can have a Velcro backing if you do not want your patches to stay permanent.Custom PVC patches are popular for tactical uniforms of any kind: your patches can be sewn-on for a permanent solution or attached-detached to your uniforms when you choose hook-and-loop backing.PVC Patches are the best choice for patches for outdoor gear, such as, camping equipment, covers and outer wear.If you are a manufacturer looking to make custom PVC patches for jackets, hats, backpacks and bags, think about PVC. PVC is a waterproof and weather resistant material, your custom patches will last longer, no fraying involved, and keep your uniforms looking amazing.How do you tell if a clothing patch is Iron on or Sew on?The iron-on patch will be a little bit shiny, or glossy on one side. If both sides of the patch look the same then it's most likely a sew-on patch. It would not be difficult to sew on, but it might not look attractive unless you use a really small, straight stitch.customize clothing, patches?You can buy iron on interfacing at a fabric store and either a swatch of fabric with your team's logo on it or create your own letters etc and then use the iron on interfacing to adhere it to your clothing...for a neater apperance around the edges (if you do not sew or do not want to sew) you can outline it with a corresponding fabric paint. They come in all colors and a squeeze bottle for easy application.Custom made clothing patch(es) question...?That can be done. But you would have to see if the design was Copy-write protected first. Or you could make at least two minor changes and it should be okayed. Go to the yellow pages of the local phone book and look up Embroidery. There you should find shops that do customized embroidery. Get in touch with them and they can give you all the information you need. Good luck, it sound like a stellar ideaI'm cleaning my new pellet rifle's barrel, the cloth patches always come out red colored, what does this mean?the chinese use a red lube before shipping over seas to prevent rust! go be gone works good to remove it, then clean with dry patches and followed by oiled patch. dont ever use hoppes9 or any firearms products on an airgun, it will damage it. so recommended oils are airgun oils, slick 50 or manufacture recommended oils. b3 are worth the $20-30 and can be very good once tunedRusty barrel fixes, pellet rifle rust remover?i would say rust remover on the outside and a copper wire brush down the bore with lots of solvent and then use a bore mop soaked in solvent, then back to the copper brush until as little rust comes out along with the brush as possible, then re-oil with cloth patches and hope for the best, chances are the pellet already had plenty of clearance from the barrel walls as it was, now youve removed more material so theres an even larger gap between pellet and barrel so dont shocked if you lose velocity and accuracyHow do I sew on cloth patches without them fraying?you iron them on.....some patches come with a glue type that when heated it adheres to the material
What About Plastics in the Oceans? #21
The world’s plastic problem is bigger than the ocean. But what about it?Plastic Pollution: here’s a SnapshotYou live hundreds of kilometres from the coast and you think that it won’t end up in the ocean! Let’s STOP you right now… you’re wrong! The plastic you throw away could make its way into the sea. Plastic decomposes very slowly, it breaks down into micro plastics that can be incredibly damaging to sea life.Did you know that 80% of plastic in our oceans is from land sources ? But what does that mean? Who is behind all that mess?The facts are overwhelming3 reasons why the plastic we use every day ends up in the oceans.1. Using the bin when it could be recycledWhen you go to the supermarket and you don’t buy in bulk, you consume plastic. And where does it end? It ends up in the landfill. When the rubbish is being transported to a landfill, the plastic is often blown away because of its weight. And then the catastrophe begins. It can hang in trees and plants, enter rivers and streams, fly till the sea and stay in the water.2. Rubbish/LitteringJunk that’s dropped on the street doesn’t stay there. The rain and wind carry plastic waste where it shouldn’t belong: streams, rivers, and through drains. And we all know where drains lead to. The ocean! The illegal practices of waste dumping generate also plastic pollution and have an impact on the plastic surge in our seas.3. Daily productsThere are so many products we use daily. And a lot of them are flushed down the toilets or through the sink. From wet wipes, cotton buds and sanitary products to aluminium and leftover food. When we wash our clothes in the washing machine, microfibres are even released into waterways. Why? Because they are too small to be filtered out. Those microfibres end up being consumed by small marine species. And some of them might even end up in our food chain.Marine pollutionPlastic hurts marine animals who get entangled in larger pieces and mistake smaller pieces for food. This impacts the food chain. Humans eat plastic through the food chain.Who is responsible?WE ARE! Because how does plastic get into the ocean? Due to our daily consumption and acts. Luckily today, different alternatives to plastic exist. If you want to read more about the top 5 of alternatives to plastic packaging, click here.Big changes start with small steps! What will you do to start cutting the plastic in your life?“We all have the power to make a difference.”What can you do?2 important actions you can undertake!Reduce plastic useLook around you… if you have plastic on your desk, table or around you, you must act now! How many plastic things can you see? First yo should be more aware of how and why you use the plastics. Then change your habits by reducing your use of disposable and single-use plastic items. Recycle as much as possible.“Think Reusable — Not Disposable” by pledging to refuse single-use plastics.2. Join the wave — participate in a cleanupVolunteer to pick up marine litter in your local community. The community works together with the common goal of collecting the trash littering.Feeling ambitious? Recruit friends and family to join you in a larger cleanup. If we take action and work together, we can improve the ocean’s health and make trash free seas a reality.“Don’t expect to see a change if you don’t make one”Still not convinced… here’re some crazy factsThe average “working life” of a plastic bag is approximately 15 minutes. Short, right?Every minute, more than 1.000.000 bags are used. Annually? 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide.There is more microplastic in the ocean than there are stars in the Milky Way.More than 50% of sea turtles already consumed plasticDo you need more facts…?ConclusionIt’s not just about us! Humans created the problem but it impacts all living creatures and the entire planet.Collecting ocean rubbish and picking up trash while running or walking is noble. We must continue our individual and collective efforts, but these activities won’t solve the actual problem. To make serious headway with ocean pollution, a lot of countries will have to participate. We have to put a huge pressure on their governments. On a personal level there are several things we can do: committing to a zero-waste lifestyle, don’t use single-use disposable plastic, and further educating and raising public awareness of the severity of the issue. “The oceans are under threat now as never before in human history”, says David Attenborough. WE MUST ACT NOW!“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today“ — Abraham LincolnQuestions?We hope we succeed in giving you more insights on this subject. If you have any questions feel free to reach our Shippr team at “”. You can also connect with the team on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn!> If you liked what you just read: clap it away, share this post & leave me your comments here or at!> Want to learn more about Shippr? Take a look at> Stay on top of the latest articles, promo codes, and insights from Shippr: you very soon!·RELATED QUESTIONWhat rich people complaints piss off poor people?I used to have a friend who considered himself to be “rich”.Granted, he wore nice expensive clothes, spoke with a fake British accent and considered himself to be upper class, there was just something about him that irked me.Him: You know that I don’t use plastic hangers for my clothes?Me: Oh, why? I just take the plastic ones from work because we give them out to customers anyway. There’s far too many hangers for us to handle so why not just take those?Him: My entire wardrobe is worth four thousand dollars and I’m talking an Armani blazer, my suits, my ties, my Gucci watch and you want me to use a plastic hanger? Hell no, I use wooden hangers for everything.What a struggle.Oh, and the best part.He wasn’t rich. He was living off his parents’ money and the last time I ever spoke to him, he was still struggling to find a job.“Rich” people piss me off more than actual rich people.
Metro Vancouver Officials Want People to Think Before Throwing Out Clothes
Colourful, inexpensive and trendy clothing is so accessible that Joanne Renfer couldn't resist.She'd buy it while grocery shopping or online and when it didn't fit or she didn't like it, she just tossed the clothes in the donation bin with the tag still attached."It's been almost way too convenient and cheap," she said. "I wouldn't even bother to try it on. I would just buy it and take it home. It's not even worth returning them if you don't like them." But then Renfer learned about how much energy and water was used to make the clothes, and where the clothing went when people were done with it.That textile waste is clogging British Columbia landfills, nearing 20 million kilograms a year from Vancouver residents alone, say statistics from the Metro Vancouver regional district.The district launched a campaign Monday to push people to think not just twice but three times before tossing out their clothing.Karen Storry, senior project engineer for Metro Vancouver's Solid Waste Services, said a 2016 waste composition study showed residents throw out about 40,000 metric tonnes of textile waste a year and about half of that is clothing."So if you translate that into per person amounts it's 17 pounds, which doesn't sound like a lot but it's the weight of 44 T-shirts," she said in an interview.People are buying three times more clothes than they did in the 1980s, wearing them less often and a lot of it ends up in the trash, Storry said.While clothing made with natural materials eventually breaks down, those that have plastic or plastic products in them "just sit in the landfill for who knows how long," Storry said.About 60 per cent of the material fibres have plastic in them, including jackets, T-shirts and sweaters, she said."If you see anything with polyester, it has plastic and it's a pretty common fibre in our clothing these days," she said, noting that apart from taking up landfill space, clothes use a lot of energy and water to produce.Metro Vancouver's campaign, "Think Thrice About Your Clothes,"promotes greener options for reducing, repairing and reusing textiles, as well as tips on how to make smart choices when buying new clothes, or even purchasing second-hand or renting clothing.Renfer remembers a time when an outfit was an investment and now she said she's gone back to that mindset."I thought a lot about it and I spent what was to me a lot of money. I didn't have as many outfits and I really looked after them," said the 61-year-old Vancouver real estate agent.Now she only throws away socks and underwear, then donates her unused clothing at least three times a year.She used to buy something almost once a week and was excited about clothing that was "cheap and cheerful." Now she said she's been trying to be more mindful of her purchases."And it was sort of sad to find out that it was a bad thing," she said."We have to rethink how we buy clothes."
Plastic 'nurdles' Found Littering Uk Beaches - Bbc News
A search of 279 beaches around the UK has found that almost three-quarters of them were littered with tiny plastic "nurdles".Volunteers signed up to search their local shoreline, ranging between Shetland and the Scilly Isles, for the lentil-sized pellets, used as a raw material to make plastic products. They can cause damage to such wildlife as birds and fish, which eat them.The findings will be reflected in a government study into microplastics.Campaigners estimate that up to 53 billion of the tiny pellets escape into the UK's environment each year. This happens during the manufacture, transport or use of plastic products. The nurdles are often spilt accidentally into rivers and oceans or fall into drains where they are washed out to sea.Experts warn nurdles can soak up chemical pollutants from their surroundings and then release toxins into the animals that eat them.The Great Winter Nurdle Hunt survey was carried out by 600 volunteers over a weekend in early February.The largest number recorded were found at Widemouth Bay, Cornwall, where 33 volunteers collected some 127,500 pellets found on a 100-metre stretch of beach.But there were some beach hunts that yielded no nurdles at all, including Spurn Point in Yorkshire and Sully beach in south Wales. Nurdles are one of the main sources of "primary microplastics" - small pieces of plastic which have come from larger items broken down into little bits - in European seas.Madeleine Berg of Fidra, a Scottish environmental charity which organised the hunt, said it showed action was needed. "Simple precautionary measures can help spillages and ensure nurdles don't end up in our environment," she said."We are asking the UK government to ensure best practice is in place along the full plastic supply chain, and any further nurdle pollution is stopped."One of the companies that has signed up to Fidra's Operation Clean Sweep is Scottish hauliers, John Mitchell, who distribute plastic pellets. Each of their transporters are fitted with spill kits and black bin bags to collect spilled pellets, which are then recycled. Plastic oceans: What do we know?The beaches where Lego washes upThe findings come after another campaign by Fidra, which saw Johnson & Johnson announce that their cotton buds will no longer have plastic stems.As of this week, the multinational company will change their buds from plastic to paper in almost half the world's countries, including the whole of Europe, in an attempt to cut marine pollution.Plastic stems are one of the most common items of litter found on UK beaches. They end up in our oceans after the cotton buds - which are not supposed to be flushed down the toilet - enter the sewage system.Waitrose, John Lewis, Marks and Spencer and the Body Shop are among the brands already selling non-plastic cotton buds. A further 10 retailers including Tesco, Boots and Mothercare have said they will change from plastic to paper stems by the end of 2017.
Forum Calls for Ban on More Plastic Items
The Forum for Good Governance (FGG), in a letter to Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi, expressed serious concern over the rampant use of single-use plastic carry bags, and requested the government to take action to impose ban on 10 kinds of plastic products in the State, as curbing the carry bags alone is not a feasible option.Delineating at length about the harmful effects of plastic dumped in the open, the letter says it is impossible to detect the manufacture and use of plastic carry bags less than 50 microns in thickness. Technology for production of plastic sheet or carry bags is the same for those less than or more than 50 micron thickness, and people cannot know the exact thickness, the letter said. Civic bodies are unable to cope with the hazards posed by plastic waste, as people throw it indiscriminately. States such as Karnataka have imposed ban on many items as there are alternatives made with biodegradable materials, the letter noted.The National Green Tribunal, too, has upheld the legal validity of total ban on plastics imposed by Karnataka, and the Supreme Court has refused to stay the NGT order, in response to an appeal by plastic industry. Maharashtra, too, has imposed a total ban, and is enforcing it, the letter said, before requesting the government to ban carry bags, banners, buntings, flexis, flags, plates, cups, spoons, cling films, sheets on the dining table, besides items made of thermocol and use of plastic micro beads.
Plastics Explained, From a to Z
The world of plastic contains many confusing terms, as we discovered while reporting on and researching the topic for our June issue of National Geographic magazine. Even the most well-intentioned plastic consumer may have a hard time sorting out "good" plastics from bad. So we've prepared a short glossary to help demystify some of the terminology.Additives Chemicals added during the manufacture of plastic products to make them stronger, safer, more or less flexible, and impart a range of other desired characteristics are known as additives. Common additives include water repellents, flame retardants, stiffeners, softeners, pigments, and UV inhibitors. Some of these additives may contain potentially toxic substances.Biodegradable A biodegradable product should break down into natural raw materials by microorganisms within a reasonable period of time. "Biodegrade" is more thorough than "break down" or "degrade"-when many plastics today are said to "break down," they just become smaller pieces of plastic. There is no widely accepted standard for labeling a product "biodegradable," meaning that there is no clear way to define what it means, and manufacturers apply it inconsistently. Some states are banning the term until a clear standard is agreed upon.Bioplastics This very flexible term is currently used for a whole spectrum of plastics, encompassing both fossil-fuel- and biologically based plastics that are biodegradable and biologically-based plastics that are not biodegradable. In other words, there is no guarantee that a "bioplastic" will be made from a non-toxic, non-fossil-fuel source, or that it will biodegrade.This graphic from European Bioplastics lists several of the main types of bioplastics.Compostable For an object to be compostable, it must be able to break down into its natural elements (or biodegrade) within a "reasonable composting environment," which is variable. Some plastics are compostable, though most won't compost in a typical backyard compost pile. Instead, they require much higher heat at a specific duration in order to fully biodegrade.According to Rhodes Yepsen of the Biodegradable Products Institute , "Standards and certifications do exist for compostable plastics (those that biodegrade in a composting environment), but most are only certified for industrial-scale composting, which reaches at least 130 degrees... Compostable plastics are part of residential and commercial food scraps composting programs in major cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, and New York, but these programs are not available everywhere, and some composters accept food only, fearing contamination." Ghost nets/fishing/gear Fishing gear-much of it made of plastic-that has been abandoned, discarded, or lost is often called ghost gear. This includes nets, lines, traps, buoys, and other material. This debris can entangle and kill sea life, including turtles, whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, fish, and seabirds. It can also smother coral.One estimate says that hundreds of thousands of tons of fishing gear are left in the ocean each year.Microplastics Microplastics are plastic particles that measure less than five millimeters in their longest dimension. There are two types of microplastics: primary and secondary.Primary microplastics include resin pellets that are melted down to manufacture plastic products-also known as nurdles-and microbeads added to products such as cosmetics, soaps, and toothpaste as abrasives. Secondary microplastics result from the fragmentation of larger plastic items. Microfibers are individual plastic filaments that are woven together to make fabrics like polyester, nylon, acrylic, and so on. Regular wear-and-tear and laundering release microfibers into the air and water.Ocean garbage patches Thanks to the action of ocean currents, marine debris often collects within ocean gyres (see below), forming what's known as a garbage "patch." In the largest gyres, these "patches" can span a million square miles. The majority of the material is plastic.The term patch is a misnomer as it suggests trash so thick it resembles floating islands. Actually, the patches look more like a peppery soup, because most of the debris is microplastics and because the trash is found throughout the water column, rather than just floating on the surface. One of the largest concentrations of marine debris is called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (or Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch) and is located between California and Hawaii in the North Pacific Ocean.Ocean gyres There are five major gyres on Earth, which are large systems of rotating ocean currents created by global winds and tides: the North and South Pacific Gyres, the North and South Atlantic Gyres, and the Indian Ocean Gyre. Gyres collect and concentrate marine debris into large garbage patches. All the major gyres currently have garbage patches, and new patches are frequently being found in smaller gyres.PET PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, is one of the most widely used polymers, or plastics. It is a clear, strong and lightweight plastic belonging to the polyester family. It is used to make common household items such as fibers, fabrics, beverage bottles, and food jars.Polymers Plastics, also called polymers, are produced by linking together small building blocks, or unit cells. Those building blocks, which chemists call monomers, are made up of groups of atoms that are derived from natural products or by the synthesis of primary chemicals from oil, natural gas, or coal. For some plastics, such as polyethylene, the repeat unit can be just one carbon atom and two hydrogen atoms. For other plastics, such as nylons, the repeat unit can involve 38 or more atoms. Once assembled, the chains of monomers become strong, light, and durable, which makes them so useful-and so problematic when they're disposed of carelessly.Single-stream recycling A system in which all recyclables-newspaper, cardboard, plastic, metal, glass-are placed in a single bin for recycling. The recyclables are sorted at the recycling center by machines and by hand rather than by homeowners. This approach has pros and cons. Supporters say it increases participation in recycling by the public, but detractors say it leads to more contamination-causing some recyclables to end up in landfills-and is more expensive to process.Single-use plastics Plastic products designed to be used only once, such as thin grocery bags and the film packaging that seals everything from food to toys, is known as single-use plastic. Some 40 percent of all non-fiber plastics produced are used for packaging. Environmentalists often encourage people to reduce their use of single-use plastics and to instead opt for more durable multi-use items, such as metal water bottles or cotton totes.
Plastic Contract Manufacturing
Plastic contract manufacturing is the process of manufacturing plastic products on a contract basis. There are many contract manufacturers of plastic products, rubber products and other specialty chemical products. They produce fabricated and extruded plastic products. The plastic fabrication facility of most of the plastic contract manufacturers include the latest Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) routers, mills and lathes for top quality machining of plastic parts and products. Plastic contract manufacturers handle plastic fabrication, CNC machining and CNC turning projects. They usually make plastic products from both natural and synthetic materials. Contract manufacturing of plastic provides plastic products of high abrasion resistance, high tensile strength, high tear strength and good oil resistance.Plastic contract manufacturers usually make plastic products, components and assemblies at the lowest possible prices. They work together with their customers to determine the materials needed, time taken, design specifications, production developments and certifications required. Contract manufacturers of plastics come up with plastic products in any size, design or quantity, according to the needs of the customer. Most contract manufacturers have a full range of services for design engineering and manufacturing of plastic products.Plastic contract manufacturing mainly focuses on the quality, repeatability and performance of plastic products. Some contract manufacturers specialize in producing the plastic components for high precision electronic and electrical products, consumer products, automobile products and parts. Many of them also manufacture the press components and precision components of other engineering plastics. Plastic contract manufacturers usually manufacture containers, jars, jigs and fixtures. Generally, contract manufactures use advanced technologies in injection blow molding and compression molding to produce high precision components for electronics and electrical plastics. The materials used in plastic contract manufacturing include low density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and high density polyethylene (HDPE).Injection molding is widely used for thermoplastics. This process avoids the hardening of plastic in the machine. Injection molding helps to produce more accurate moldings having better control on the material usage. Many contract manufacturers of plastic specialize in the manufacturing dies for injection molded products such as plastic compounds, fan regulators, fan regulator switches, electrical rotary switches, fuse boxes and other special purpose machine parts.
What Is in My Plastic Reducing Starter Kit
In my last post I introduced my plastic waste reducing experiment. I'm pleased to report that roughly three weeks in, our household waste across our black (landfill) and brown (recycling) bins is already close to our target of half what it used to be. I'm even more pleased that this experiment has got other people trying the same, and inspired much discussion on Facebook. It has also inspired me to keep going, and share more about what's working or not.As part of this experiment, I've been trying out a lot of alternatives to plastic products, that would usually result in some form of plastic waste. It's not been particularly easy to source all of these products, and in some cases they are better bought in bulk. To provide a shortcut for others, I have put together a 'Free yourself from Plastics box', which I've been sharing with some people as gifts. In this post I'll describe the contents and where to buy items.Recap of the photo of the box here:Resusable (E-Coffee) cup - Made from bamboo and dishwasher safe, with various beautiful designs. We've found that having a few of these means we can grab one or two when heading out on a day trip, whilst others are in the dishwasher. Those who know my husband Geoff, know he loves his coffee, and he was burning through throw-away cups, which is now no longer the case.Beeswax wrap (Abeego) - These are reusable wraps that can be used to keep leftovers fresh (instead of cling film or food bags). I've also taken them shopping and had cheese (for example) put directly into the wrap. They are not cheap, but can be used for months on end. Available here.Reusable food container / net bags - I've started taking containers with me when I shop, to hold smaller items of food, instead of taking the plastic bags provided. The net bags are for bread / veg and stainless steel containers are for fish / meat and can be put straight in the fridge. I've put my old plastic storage boxes aside as the more I read about plastics in general, the more worried I became about plasticisers potentially leaking into food. My old plastic boxes won't be thrown, but used for non food storage.Washable dishcloth - no more J-cloths. The washable one in the pic was knitted by Gill, my mother-in-law. We have a couple and wash one out every other day or so. I've found a lovely lady nearby who is knitting me several more to go in the boxes - I can share her details for anybody interested.Compostable dishwashing - In the pic above there is a coconut fibre scourer and a natural loufah (for non-stick items). There is also a brush with a replaceable head, made from natural plant fibres. They seem to last longer than the plastic scourers that we'd throw in the bin at least once a week, and can be composted after use. [Probably worth saying here that we are forunate to be able to compost our own food waste, so these will be added to our compost mix]Solid shampoo and soap - The ones in the pic are from a company called Wild Olive, and are wonderful smelling and packed without plastic. A few weeks ago I suspended using any liquid shampoo or shower gel and opted for these instead. I love the solid shampoo and I won't be going back. I do still use liquid conditioner, but less than I did, and for that I've turned to the make Faith in Nature, which can be bought in bulk (or refilled locally).Natural toothbrush - These Humble Brushes are made from bamboo (although the bristles are nylon) and come in cardboard packaing. I like to replace my toothbrush quite regularly, and for our girls, who chew as well as brush, theirs get replaced often (children's versions are available), so this has cut down associated plastic waste.Personal care products in cardboard packaging- What's shown above is a stick of deodorant that comes in a cardboard wrapper. There are loads of additional products such as lip balm and mosturiser made by Organic Essence (sold here). [I was a bit dismayed when bought online, the cardboard came in an outer wrapper of cellophane, however, I have complained and am hoping this will change.]. I've also shown natural cotton buds, made from bamboo, that are increasingly available locally.Reusable straws - not shown here, but we've bought two types, a stainless steel version and a bamboo version. Our girls love them and we now have a couple in our day bag (and take to our local pub!).If you want more information on these products or have alternative suggestions on the above, then please drop me a line·RELATED QUESTIONWhat rich people complaints piss off poor people?I used to have a friend who considered himself to be "rich".Granted, he wore nice expensive clothes, spoke with a fake British accent and considered himself to be upper class, there was just something about him that irked me.Him: You know that I don't use plastic hangers for my clothes?Me: Oh, why? I just take the plastic ones from work because we give them out to customers anyway. There's far too many hangers for us to handle so why not just take those?Him: My entire wardrobe is worth four thousand dollars and I'm talking an Armani blazer, my suits, my ties, my Gucci watch and you want me to use a plastic hanger? Hell no, I use wooden hangers for everything.What a struggle.Oh, and the best part.He wasn't rich. He was living off his parents' money and the last time I ever spoke to him, he was still struggling to find a job."Rich" people piss me off more than actual rich people.
Why Do We Only Talk About Plastic Carry Bags and Not of Other Plastic Products?
tricky problem. research onto yahoo. that may help!1. Why plastic products manufactured in china?This situation is changing for some products particularly when the volume is not particularly high. Costs are starting to increase in China as the local population starts to demand higher salaries.2. What are the best places to buy household plastic products such as hampers, dish basins, garbage pails, etc and which brand are best?I have bought such things at dollar stores or deep discount stores and you get exactly what you pay for, cheap products that chip, break and crack. Just to need replacing sooner than later. For these type of products, but the best brand so you have it for a good long time. Rubbermaid makes good quality products that will last. You may even be able to go to a Rubbermaid website for your shopping. Or, go to Target or other department stores. I am not sure Walmart has good quality merchandise. Like Home Depot and Lowe's brand name products which are made especially to sell at a lower price point, they are not of the same quality as their other products that they manufacturer. So, when price checking, be sure you are comparing the exact same merchandise. A cheaper product is not necessarily a better value. I happen to have the things you mention in a "Fuller Brush" brand from some relatives who are in their 90's, who bought them long ago. But I do not think Fuller Brush is in business any longer. But, I have to tell you, the buckets, brushes, mops and brooms are die hard products!!3. Find Sova Plastic Products Manufacturing comapny Plastic blow molding injection molding?Graven would not basically propose carved. It skill without life. A graven idol is a god which neither has life or delivers life. An idol skill without life. the authentic residing God is Jehovah. the 2d of the ten commandments is an element of the 1st. have not got the different Gods different than Jehovah. All worship belongs to Him4. Should we outlaw quick use plastic products?Socialist drivel. i do no longer choose the government telling me what freaking bags i will and can not use. in case you probably did some certainly analyze, quite of regurgitating what different persons say, you will possibly discover out that plastic bags are rather "greener" than paper bags interior the grand scheme of issues. It takes lots extra capability to offer and transport paper bags than it does plastic bags. As for reusable bags; in case you have a tendency to purchase many products (which incorporate grocery procuring for an outstanding sized relatives) you will ought to tote around a 0.5 dozen or extra bags with you whenever you pass out. that gets previous quickly. Then there is the concern of cleansing the baggage. you will ought to toss them interior the showering device each and every so often which additionally makes use of extra supplies. i do no longer recognize how people wo not be able to look a the super image5. What is styrene, the chemical compound involved in a gas leak near Visakhapatnam?In Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh more than 10 people have died due to poisonous gas leaks. More than 800 people have been admitted to the hospital due to breathing problems. The condition of many of the sick remains critical. They also include children. Gas leakage has been overcome. "Styrene is the name of the gas that causes havoc":-The gas causing havoc in Visakhapatnam is called styrene. It is also called styrol and vinyl benzene. It is a colorless or light yellow liquid which is very dangerous. History of styrene is 181 years oldStyrene was first recognized in the world by scientists in Europe about 181 years ago. In 1839, German scientist Eduard Simon was able to isolate in his laboratory a volatile liquid from yaragin, a resin from a tree named American sweetgum. Accidentally, the substance they reached gave them the name "stylol" (now styrene). He also noticed that when the styloles were exposed to air, light, or heat, it gradually turned into a hard, rubber-like substance, which they called "styler oxide". In 1845 German chemist Augusthoffman and his student John Baileith gave the Stylin formula which became known as C8H8. It consists of 8 molecules of carbon and 8 molecules of hydrogen. About 99% of industrial resins are made from styrene. These are the six major ones: polystyrene (50%), styrene-butadiene rubber (15%), unsaturated polyester resins (glass) (12%), styrene-butadiene latex (11%), acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (10%) and Styrene-acrylonitrile (1%).Sweet smell gas chemistryStyrene is an organic compound and is also known as ethenyl benzene, vinyl benzene, and phenylethylene. Its chemical formula is C6H5CH = CH2. This most popular organic solvent is a colorless or light yellow oily liquid like benzene-borne water, and this gives off the gas.This liquid easily mixes in air in a gas form at room temperature and has a sweet odor, although in very large quantities, the odor begins to suffocate. Styrene makes polystyrene and many other co-polymers that are used to make various polymer products (plastic, fiber glass, rubber, pipe). Where is it usedStyrene is most commonly used in packaging materials, electrical insulation, in-house insulation, fiber glass, plastic pipes, automobile parts, tea cups, carpets, etc. This gas air, water or soil can come from anywhere in your body.Styrene gas remains in the smoke emanating from companies making plastic products. Apart from this, it is also found emanating from the smoke from the vehicles, cigarette smoke or photocopy machine. In cities where the number of vehicles is high, people are indirectly disturbed by this gas.Immediate impact on breathingIt is difficult to breathe when styrene gas enters the nose. With boredom and eye irritation may occur. When inhaled, it affects our respiratory system within minutes and can cause vomiting, irritation and skin rashes. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the short-term exposure to gas can be fatal for young children and the elderly. . Eye irritation, gastrointestinal effects (such as upset stomach) and irritation of the upper surface of the tissue can occur. It has the ability to destroy the lining of the tissues of the soft organs of the body and can cause bleeding. This can cause unconsciousness and even death within a few minutes. Prolonged effectEven those who survive the fatal exposure to styrene may later have to live with its toxic effects. Being a neurotoxin, it has effects on the nervous system and can cause headaches, fatigue, weakness and depression, nervous system dysfunction. Due to its long effect, diseases like numbness of hands and feet, loss of eyes, hearing loss and dermatitis are seen on the skin. Immediate treatmentThe only way to treat the effect of gas is to wash the skin and eyes with water and to go to breathing support by immediately starting medical therapy in case you go in with breath.South Korea's companyThe company from which the gas leaked is from South Korea. It has been operating since 1961. The company manufactures LG polymers polystyrene and various plastics that are used to make different products such as toys. In the end I think you understand the whole concept of what is styrene gas is and how harmful it is that leaked from LG polymer plant.Thank you,.......What is styrene, the chemical compound involved in a gas leak near Visakhapatnam?
Things You May Want to Know About Plastic Products
An Introduction to plastic productsThe dynamic scraped surface heat exchanger (DSSHE) was designed to face some problems found in other types of heat exchangers. They increase heat transfer by:removing the fouling layers, increasing turbulence in case of high viscosity flow, and avoiding the generation of ice and other process by-products. DSSHEs incorporate an internal mechanism which periodically removes the product from the heat transfer wall.Which country has announced to ban single use plastics from 2021? of plastic productsCanada has announced to ban single use plastics from 2021. Plastic pollution is a global challenge that requires immediate action. Plastic waste ends up in our landfills and incinerators, litters our parks and beaches, and pollutes our rivers, lakes, and oceans, entangling and killing turtles, fish, and marine mammals.Less than 10 per cent of plastic used in Canada gets recycled. Without a change in course, Canadians will throw away an estimated $11 billion worth of plastic materials each year by 2030.Canada, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that the Government of Canada is taking additional steps to reduce Canada's plastic waste, support innovation, and promote the use of affordable and safe alternatives. Working with governments and businesses across Canada, the Government of Canada will:ban harmful single-use plastics as early as 2021 (such as plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates, and stir sticks) where supported by scientific evidence and warranted, and take other steps to reduce pollution from plastic products and packagingwork with provinces and territories to introduce standards and targets for companies that manufacture plastic products or sell items with plastic packaging so they become responsible for their plastic waste.These measures will be grounded in scientific evidence and will align, where appropriate, with similar actions being taken in the European Union and other countries. They will also support the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment's development of an action plan to implement the Canada-wide Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste.With the longest coastline in the world and one-quarter of the world's freshwater, Canada has a unique responsibility - and opportunity - to lead in reducing plastic pollution. From launching the Ocean Plastics Charter at the 2018 G7 Summit to investing in new Canadian technologies that turn plastic waste into valuable resources and can make our economy stronger and take an important step toward protecting wildlife and the places Canadians lovePlastic recycling channels should be improved right now of plastic productsEven after entering the garbage collection process, the value of the takeaway meal boxes is not high. According to industry insiders, plastic polystyrene recycling prices are low, and recycling costs are high. Recyclers are generally reluctant to fill up with take-out food boxes that are oily. Even if they come back, they must be time-consuming and labor-intensive. Therefore, plastic lunch boxes are not to be seen. Whether it is garbage recycling companies or the city's "pilots of scavenging waste," they all "have no feelings" about recycling plastic products.At the same time, China has not yet formed a complete recycling system. As a low-value-added recyclable material, plastic lunch boxes are difficult to enter into recycling channels for renewable resources. Even if consumers take the initiative to classify plastic waste, because the recycling system is not perfect, sanitation trucks may also mix and dispose of various types of waste when they transport waste.Since it is difficult to recover, plastic lunch boxes can only be "mixed" with municipal solid waste, enter the waste disposal system, and ultimately be burned or landfilled as ordinary waste. However, if the different plastic components are burned together, air pollution can easily occur; before the landfill, the larger plastic wastes are usually simply incinerated, resulting in large amounts of exhaust emissions. Therefore, letting plastic lunch boxes enter the waste disposal system is not a permanent cure.In fact, the "white pollution" brought by plastic products is not unique to China, and countries in the world are facing the same problems. If there is a relatively sound waste classification system, plastic meal boxes and other products can be recycled efficiently through plastics melting machine. However, the data shows that only 14% of the world's plastic packaging has been recycled.In terms of the cost of recycling the lunch boxes, there are also experiences and lessons worth learning. For example, the cost of recycling food containers in Japan is borne by the consumer; in Europe and America, the processing fee is borne by the manufacturer. In China, Shanghai implemented the "Interim Measures for the Management of Disposable Plastic Lunch Boxes" in June 2000. The administrative department will collect 3 cents for each lunch box from manufacturers who produce disposable plastic lunch boxes as a recycling fee. However, the implementation of this system was not smooth and was abolished in May 2014
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