Sustainability Initiatives

Inside Sources, “Are Plastic Pipes for Drinking Water a Better Alternative?”

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — After the Flint, Mich. lead water crisis, cities and towns across the country are looking to replace their drinking water pipes. Many communities are looking at plastic pipes as a safe, easy, cost-effective solution. Yet, the alternatives might not be as safe as people think. Two experts detailed the possible health risks plastic pipes pose at a public meeting in Cambridge, Mass. on Tuesday.

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EPR Retail News: Packaging Innovation Part of Wegman’s Commitment to Sustainability

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With 92 stores across six states, each offering a minimum of 50,000 products, Wegmans Food Markets customers might not immediately equate the notion of “less is more” with Wegmans. But, when it comes to sustainability and the company’s commitment to reduce waste in landfills and reduce emissions, less truly is more. Packaging innovation is just one example of how the company is delivering on that commitment.

“It’s always important to remember that a food container’s number one job is to protect the food inside. It takes resources to grow that food, and fuel to bring it from the farm to the store, so we want to preserve nature’s investment in this food with containers that protect it all the way to your table,” said Jason Wadsworth, manager of sustainability for Wegmans. “Our job is to make sure packaging is functional, performs as expected, and uses materials efficiently and responsibly. That leaves plenty of opportunity for exploring ways to make packaging more sustainable.”

 

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Politic 365: “The Surprising Environmental Hazard Lurking In Your Home”

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When people talk about environmental harm, it’s natural to think of global warming, nuclear accidents, contaminants polluting our oceans and local waterways, and oil spills. But there is another great danger that is lurking much closer to home than many people realize. In fact, for some people, it’s lurking in their homes. It’s plastic pipes that carry drinking water in and wastewater out. More commonly called PVC, these pipes are made of dangerous chemicals that have harmful effects on human bodies.

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NDTV: “Parents, Take Note! Inflatable Pool Toys Can Put Your Kid at Cancer Risk”

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Summer is here and your kids can’t wait to dive into the pool. You’re all set and have probably already bought them new costumes, swimming gear and some pool toys to have fun with. But wait, if you’ve picked those common inflatable pool toys such as the beach balls and arm bands, here’s something you must know. Researchers from Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Germany have warned that inflatable pool toys may contain certain potentially hazardous substances that can put your child at the risk of cancer.

 

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NRDC: “NRDC and Scientists Urge CPSC to Finalize Phthalate Ban”

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Phthalatesdifficult to say, and bad for your health

Eventually, toxic chemicals are no longer tolerated by an increasingly informed public, retailers and product manufacturers, and regulators. In the meantime, however, they manage to do a lot of damage while those with vested interests muddy the scientific waters and defend the indefensible.

 

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South Coast Herald: Know Your Plastics to Help Avoid Health Pitfalls

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Many consumers are unaware that lots of plastics, which are used to manufacture everything from water bottles to foam drinking cups, are potentially deadly for both people and the planet.

YOU’RE feeling rather smug as you chug another gulp of water from your trusty old plastic water bottle, which is still in service a month since you bought it. Helping your body and the planet, right? Wrong.

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Another Retailer Phases Out PVC

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Good news in New Zealand where Johnson & Johnson announced that it is phasing out PVC due to the harmful effects it has on the environment. The company said they will replace the plastic handles on cotton buds “to prevent toxic waste reaching waterways and seas.” An article on the news noted that, “Plastic cotton buds are the number one item of plastic, sewage-related debris found on beaches and rivers.”

New Zealand’s Ministry for the Environment applauded the decision. In a statement, the Ministry said:

“Recently the government announced consultation to regulate the manufacture and sale of plastic microbeads in personal care products in New Zealand because of the harm they cause when released into aquatic environments. Johnson & Johnson’s decision to remove PVC from its products is a great example of industry actively responding to a global issue without the need for regulation and we are very supportive of this.”

Elsewhere in the world, the European Union identified four chemicals known as phthalates as “endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) for human health.” The announcement noted that “phthalates are used as plasticisers in various products – from vinyl flooring to footballs and from wiring to shower curtains. Some of these products are made from recycled PVC, in which DEHP, one of the endocrine disruptors, has been authorised for use.” Denmark has been “calling for proper regulation of these “phthalates since 2011” and wants the chemicals banned in consumer products, including imports.

EuPC Establishes Independent Vinyl Film and Sheet Association

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British Plastics & Rubber – The new association, known as ‘Vinyl Films and Sheets Europe’ (VSFE), aims to drive common action tackling environment and recycling issues and carry out studies relating to the industry. …The new group will collaborate closely with VinylPlus, the sustainable development programme of the European PVC industry and is open to all companies active in the vinyl films and sheets business in Europe.

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