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Plastic Bags Unbanned

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Jul 14, 2014 9:18:00 AM

The growing number of municipalities banning the thin bags that end up polluting rivers and defacing trees has spurred development of “bag ban compliant plastic bags.”

Consumers living in plastic-bag-free zones have several challenges: remembering to bring their reusable bags and washing and maintaining those bags so that they do not harbor harmful bacteria.

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"Missing" Plastic Pollution in World Oceans Alarms Scientists

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 4, 2014 9:54:00 AM

SCIENTISTS HAVE BEEN AWARE for years that giant floating "islands" of plastic debris called gyres are polluting our oceans--not just the Pacific--but most of the world's major seas.

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Roofing with Polymers

Posted by Matt Power

Mar 15, 2014 9:56:00 AM

The problem with plastics is that they don’t go away. Eventually, they break apart, but only into smaller pieces—not into their basic components. At a certain point, they become prone to absorbing nasty chemicals such as DDT. The particles ultimately find their way into the oceans, where fish eat them, mistaking them for plankton. Result: Ecosystems are poisoned from the bottom up.

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Dow's "2,300 Percent" Plastics Surge

Posted by Matt Power

Apr 29, 2010 11:09:00 AM

It's hard to know whether to cheer or weep about Dow's announcement yesterday that their net income surged by 2,300 percent, because they're selling more plastic wrap.

LET'S FACE IT. WE'RE ALL DEEPLY INVOLVED WITH PLASTIC. Look around your home or office and count the number of items that contain plastics. From a manufacturing perspective, it's almost the perfect product: moldable, waterproof, flexible, long lasting (although that depends to an enormous degree on the item in question, the type of polymer).

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