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The Hefty Price of Plastic

By Fredrica Syren: Until now, research on the impact of plastic on our health has focused solely on specific parts of the plastic lifecycle, often on single products, processes, or exposure pathways. Now a new research report by Center for International Environmental Law(CIEL), Earthworks,Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives(GAIA), Healthy Babies …

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Students Applying 3Rs to Plastic Film

By Larraine Roulston: April is our spring month when schools can demonstrate their commitment to the environment through a number of fun and exciting activities. One popular program to reduce plastic is the “Plastic Bag Grab Challenge” initiated by Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) and Walmart Canada, which rewards students …

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Study Found Disposable Diapers Contain Harmful Chemicals

By Larraine Roulston: When the first disposable diapers appeared over 60 years ago, they were designed with snap-on reusable plastic pants. This invention was initially introduced just for travelling and vacationing with babies. The tactic was used to ease the transition towards the acceptance of plastic covered diapers for daily …

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Pediatricians Warn Against Chemicals in Plastic Containers

By Fredrica Syren: The American Academy of Pediatrics is fighting for stronger federal food safety requirements that will warn families about the risk of exposure to harmful chemicals from microwaving and from cleaning plastic containers in dishwashers. They are pointing towards growing evidence against chemicals in food colorings, preservatives and …

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Air Canada to Reduce Single-Use Plastics

By Larraine Roulston: This summer Air Canada will do more than recycling paper and aluminum cans by replacing its personalized red plastic single-use stir stick with a stirrer made from recycled bamboo. This action will eliminate approximately 35 million plastic sticks per year. In addition, Air Canada has partnered with the …

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Companies Eliminating Single-Use Plastic

By Kim Robson: The days of single-use plastic are numbered. Most of us are too young to remember when a milkman delivered dairy products in reusable glass containers. Also gone are the days of glass soda bottles. But, when I go to Mexico, I can drink real cane sugar Coca-Cola …

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New Years Resolution-Tips on Going Plastic-free

By Fredrica Syren: For so long, I’ve been fed up with plastic in my life, so years ago I decided to commit to no plastic bags at all. While living in the U.S., it was a challenge because every time I went shopping or got takeout food, there was that …

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Should We Ban Balloons?

By Larraine: For decades, balloons have been ringing in the New Year. Their round and heart shapes are found in many locations. Entertainers and festival organizers display them to draw crowds. Retailers showcase balloons to generate sales. Hospitals use them to offer “get well” wishes — universities to congratulate. Corporate …

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Millions of Contact Lenses Pollute Our Water

By Larraine Roulston: It is common knowledge that when eye glasses need to be replaced, the used pair can be left at the optometrist’s office or deposited at similar participating retail collection boxes for those in need. Disposal awareness unfortunately is not as clear for contact lenses. Eye care specialists …

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Adidas Pledges to Use Only Recycled Plastics

By Larraine Roulston: Great news from Adidas! This year, the global sportswear manufacturer is moving towards eliminating all virgin plastic from its products entering its retail stores, warehouses, distribution centers and offices. The company has  pledged to use only recycled plasticsby 2024. Their commitment will prevent an estimated 40 tons …

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