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Op-Ed: Makati CBD enforces city-wide plastic ban

Makati - Makati Central Business District (CBD) is home to thousands of organizations and establishments. As the local government implements a city-wide plastic ban, how will this affect the countless workers and organizations in the area?
In the Media by Maria Elisa Anacay

Is the plastic BPA a risk during pregnancy?

Pregnant mice that were exposed to the chemical used in many plastics - BPA - have offspring with behavioral abnormalities. This finding has re-opened the debate about the effect of this chemical on human health.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 5 comments

Project underway to create plastics from algae

A new type of bioplastic could be produced from algae. Technologists are considering whether such a plastic can be manufactured on an industrial scale.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Unseen dangers from the Japanese tsunami may linger for decades

The debris from the tsunami which struck eastern Japan two years ago today could still be washing up on the western seaboard of Canada and the United States decades from now with, as yet, unknown consequences for marine life.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 12 comments

Soybeans contained valuable chemical for making plastics

Based on new research, soybeans could be a source of a chemical for plastics, textiles, drugs, solvents and as a food additive. The chemical is called succinic acid.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Microbes and cooking oil make cheaper plastics

Scientists have developed a method for producing cheaper 'bioplastics' made from used cooking oil combined with certain microorganisms. This would not only lead to cheaper plastics, it would also help with environmental recycling.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Plastic chemical BPA won't be banned in U.S.

Washington - The chemical BPA, used to make plastics, has been banned in many countries due to its apparent ill-health effects. However, the FDA in the U.S. has decided that the chemical can continue to be used to make containers used for food and medicines.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Video: Girl with strange addiction can't stop eating plastics

Sacramento - An 18-year-old girl from Sacramento, California, has a strange addiction — eating plastics. According to Kailyn, she has eaten over 60,000 plastic items in the past 11 years.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 2 comments

David de Rothschild set to sail for Pacific garbage patch

Love of planet Earth and returning its oceans to as near pristine as possible is what drove David de Rothschild to build his catamaran, the Plastiki, made of soda bottles, and is scheduled to set sail this month.
In the Media by Sandy Sand - 1 comment

Two turn mushrooms into insulation

Two students have created Greensulate, a strong, low-cost biomaterial that replaces the expensive, non-biodegradable plastics and styrofoam used in modern packaging and wall insulation.
In the Media by Bob Ewing - 3 comments
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