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Plastic is really useful. We need to figure out better ways to recycle, not ban, it 22.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: We can all agree on the importance of reducing waste and finding common-sense solutions to protect our environment. But the approach suggested in your Feb. 20 editorial, “Grocery bags and takeout containers aren’t enough. It’s time to phase out all single-use plastic, would do just...

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Research Exposes $16 Billion Bottled Water Industry's Predatory Marketing Practices 21.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
(Photo: George Becker ; Edited: LW / TO) Bottled water companies have relied on predatory marketing practices and exorbitant lobbying efforts to sell Americans on the inaccurate belief that pre-packaged water is cleaner and safer than tap water -- a notion that is  costing  US households about $16 billion per year. In a  new report  entitled "Take Back the Tap," Food & Water Watch explains that 64 percent of bottled water comes from municipal tap water sources -- meaning that Americans are often unknowingly paying for water that would otherwise be free or nearly free. A gallon of bottled water costs about $9.50 -- nearly 2,000 times the price of tap water for municipal taxpayers. "When bottlers are not selling municipal water, they are pumping and selling common water resources that belong to the public, harming the environment, and depleting community water supplies," reads the study. The bottled water industry has an enormous environmental footprint, using about four billion pounds of plastic for ...
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Amid a flood of plastic, big companies see opportunity 21.2.2018 AP Top News
LONDON (AP) -- Once a month, accountant Michael Byrne pulls on his rubber boots and makes his way to a spot on the banks of the River Thames....
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McDonald’s to recycle packaging, use renewable material 17.1.2018 SFGate: Business & Technology
McDonald’s will recycle packaging in all of its almost 37,000 restaurants globally by 2025, the company announced Tuesday. McDonald’s also announced that all of its packaging will come from renewable, recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2025. These are big steps for the burger giant, and the move could pressure other large companies to follow suit. Increasingly, consumers and investors are demanding that corporations make commitments on global issues such as environmental sustainability and animal welfare. Currently, only about 10 percent of McDonald’s restaurants globally are recycling packaging.
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McDonald's to recycle packaging in all locations globally by 2025 16.1.2018 Chicago Tribune: Business
McDonald’s will recycle packaging in all of its almost 37,000 restaurants globally by 2025, the company announced Tuesday. McDonald’s also announced that all of its packaging will come from renewable, recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2025. These are big steps for ...
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Plastic-free supermarkets in Britain? Theresa May floats idea as part of green agenda. 11.1.2018 Washington Post: World
The British prime minister seeks to burnish her ecological credentials even as she faces a host of other political challenges.
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Shhhh. The “Gene Silenced” Apple Is Coming. 2.1.2018 Mother Jones
The Arctic Golden apple, the first genetically modified apple available to consumers, is making its way to grocery store shelves. I’m an apple loyalist—I pack one as an after-lunch snack nearly every day of the week. So I jumped at the chance to sample this new version of the fruit at a fall event hosted by […]
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Bali declares ‘garbage emergency’ amid sea of waste 29.12.2017 The Moderate Voice

Bali’s palm-fringed Kuta beach has long been a favourite with tourists seeking sun and surf, but nowadays its golden shoreline is disappearing under a mountain of garbage. Plastic straws and food packaging are strewn between sunbathers, while surfers bobbing behind the waves dodge waste flushed out from rivers or brought in by swirling currents. “When [...]

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These epic packaging fails prove good things don't always come in small packages 20.12.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology

With the consumer holiday rush upon us, I decided to put out a call on SFGATE's Facebook page to see if I was alone in my experience of such packaging exorbitance. And the hundreds of comments and dozens of photos confirmed what I already assumed to be true: most online shoppers have, at one time or another, fallen victim to a "packaging fail." The characteristics of such a phenomenon are thus: small item, big box and/or lots of packing paper or air pillows (those plastic inflated puffs often found in packages).

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Cities at Crossroads: Perils of plastics waste 29.11.2017 Columns – The Indian Express
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A world drowning in garbage 28.11.2017 Washington Post
A world drowning in garbage
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The world produces more than 3.5 million tons of garbage a day 24.11.2017 Washington Post
The world produces more than 3.5 million tons of garbage a day
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Business is booming and corporate owners are pushing the GOP for tax reductions 20.11.2017 Washington Post
Republicans are acutely aware that if they fail to deliver on the tax overhaul it would upset the business interests that have long been key party allies, and donors. “Now is the opportunity,” said the owner of a Pennsylvania packaging manufacturing company who would benefit from the bill.
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'Pick up your garbage': Fish found growing with trash wrapped around its body 2.11.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A strange catch in Canada has one angler reminding us to do one simple thing: "Pick up your garbage."
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Senators move to reduce 'colossal and completely preventable waste' of drugs 1.11.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Senators cited ProPublica reporting that found drug companies have been making patients pay for oversize eyedrops and more liquid cancer medications than they need.
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Pea milk is coming to your dairy aisle 25.9.2017 Washington Post
The vegetable offers more protein than other non-dairy alternatives, and it doesn't contain common allergens.
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World's plastic waste could bury Manhattan 2 miles deep 19.7.2017 AP Top News
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Industry has made more than 9.1 billion tons of plastic since 1950 and there's enough left over to bury Manhattan under more than two miles of trash, according to a new cradle-to-grave global study....
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Wastewater on a stick: The popsicles from Taiwan that you really, really don't want to eat 16.7.2017 L.A. Times - World News

The popsicle looks delicious — orange colored, translucent, with what might be a small slice of citrus suspended inside.

It’s also probably toxic.

Three confectioners made the frozen bar — on display at a university exhibition hall near Taipei — from tainted ditch water, and the round thing inside...

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Beauty startup Glossier will start shipping to Canada, the U.K. and France, with more countries to come 13.7.2017 TechCrunch
 Glossier, the direct-to-consumer beauty startup that’s raised $34.4 million in funding so far, will kick off its international expansion this month. Read ...
US investigates after lab improperly ships nuclear material 24.6.2017 AP National
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- U.S. regulators said Friday they are launching an investigation into the improper shipment of nuclear material from the laboratory that created the atomic bomb to other federal facilities this week, marking the latest safety lapse for Los Alamos National Laboratory as it faces growing criticism over its track record....
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