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Make-up products containing tiny plastic microbeads to be banned by Govt

Make-up products containing tiny plastic microbeads to be banned by Govt | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Microscopic particles found in makeup will be banned by the Government because of concerns about their impact on the environment.
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This might be a small victory, but it should be celebrated nonetheless, as an important step forward

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A Pervasive Threat: The Danger of in utero BPA Exposure - Endocrine News

A Pervasive Threat: The Danger of in utero BPA Exposure - Endocrine News | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
A new study presented at ENDO 2016 revealed a possible link between bisphenol A exposure in utero to breast cancer later in life. In the process, the researchers created a new bioassay that can test chemicals much faster than typical animal studies. Almost every single person alive today has detectable amounts of endocrine-disrupting chemical
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France is the first country to ban all plastic plates and cups

France is the first country to ban all plastic plates and cups | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
All plastic plates and cups must be eliminated in France by 2020.
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To keep the momentum of circular economy brimming, we need to battle for the cup - The Simply Cups blog

To keep the momentum of circular economy brimming, we need to battle for the cup - The Simply Cups blog | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's recent War on Waste TV programme exposed the fact that so few paper cups are actually being recycled. Those inside the industry knew this all along, but the public seemingly didn't and now feel cheated by some of the claims being made by the big coffee brands.
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Island of trash: giant rubbish tip at Wailingding Island is a Hong Kong environmental ‘disaster waiting to happen’

Island of trash: giant rubbish tip at Wailingding Island is a Hong Kong environmental ‘disaster waiting to happen’ | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Some blame the rubbish pile , only a short distance from Hong Kong, for the city’s polluted beaches
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Scientists call for better plastics design to protect marine life

Scientists call for better plastics design to protect marine life | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Improved materials would encourage recycling and prevent single-use containers from entering the oceans and breaking into small pieces
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There's a killer lurking in your canned food

There's a killer lurking in your canned food | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
It’s a case of conflicting studies that could have serious consequences for the health of Canadians.
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San Francisco just passed the nation's toughest ban on Styrofoam

San Francisco just passed the nation's toughest ban on Styrofoam | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Come 2017, selling any polystyrene product will be prohibited.
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California's struggle over the chemical BPA continues

California's struggle over the chemical BPA continues | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Californians this summer are starting to see a new warning at checkout lines of grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience markets that the products on their shelves may include a dangerous chemical.
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Commission to table proposals on phasing out hormone disruptors - Independent.ie

Commission to table proposals on phasing out hormone disruptors - Independent.ie | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Glyphosate isn't the only pesticides battle the EU is fighting.
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The Pollution in People: Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Americans' Bodies

The Pollution in People: Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Americans' Bodies | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
As many as 420 known or likely carcinogens have been detected in people.
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Study: Plastic waste pervasive in Mobile Bay, Gulf of Mexico shorelines

Study: Plastic waste pervasive in Mobile Bay, Gulf of Mexico shorelines | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
A growing global problem, "microplastic" contamination also is pervasive on the shorelines of Mobile Bay and the northern Gulf of Mexico, according to a newly published study conducted by scientists from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the University of South Alabama.
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In Denver, Persuading Latino Immigrants to Trust the Tap Water

In Denver, Persuading Latino Immigrants to Trust the Tap Water | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
For many Hispanics, drinking soda or bottled water is cultural and a hard habit to break, even if they come to live where the water is clean and healthy.
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Reducing the use of single-use plastic water bottles is about more than just the zero waste environmental aspect. There are  social and health issues which we must consider in tackling this problem.

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New technology could help break down city’s plastic problem

New technology could help break down city’s plastic problem | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Investors say organic additive can dramatically cut biodegradation time
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Without knowing more it is unclear what this really means, until more details about how such technology works is released we continue to call for a reduction of plastic waste, and a more effective 'zero waste' management strategy rather than technological fixes.

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Rivers Flowing Into the Great Lakes Are Teeming with Microplastic Pollution

Rivers Flowing Into the Great Lakes Are Teeming with Microplastic Pollution | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
The minute plastics are in the food chain, and they’re increasingly shown to harm the health of marine animals.
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Fish for dinner? Your seafood might come with a side of plastic

Fish for dinner? Your seafood might come with a side of plastic | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Fish are “stuffing themselves” on plastic, but scientists are still trying to figure out what effect that might have on those of us who eat seafood
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Warning Signs: How Safe Is "BPA Free?" - Endocrine News

Warning Signs: How Safe Is "BPA Free?" - Endocrine News | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
While stickers are showing up declaring certain products “BPA Free,” that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily safe. Could bisphenol S be even worse than the compound it is supposed to be replacing? Last month in California, customers in the checkout lines in grocery stores started seeing warning signs that read, in part: “Many food an
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Microplastic litter surging globally: study | The Japan Times

Microplastic litter surging globally: study | The Japan Times | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
The accumulation of plastic waste fragments in sea sediment has sharply increased around the world in the 21st century, according to a recent study on micr
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Scotch egg company claims to have cracked problem of eggshell waste

Scotch egg company claims to have cracked problem of eggshell waste | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
An egg mayonnaise supplier has partnered with scientists at Leicester University to turns eggshells into a filler for plastics
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Nestlé Discovers Water in the Arizona Desert, and Bottles It

Nestlé Discovers Water in the Arizona Desert, and Bottles It | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Despite a 17-year drought, Phoenix has welcomed the sale of its water as a consumer product—but for how long?
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How your clothes are poisoning our oceans and food supply

How your clothes are poisoning our oceans and food supply | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
New studies show that alarming numbers of tiny fibers from synthetic clothing are making their way from your washing machine into aquatic animals
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This Florida Microbrewery Created a Biodegradable Six-Pack Ring Safe for Marine Life

This Florida Microbrewery Created a Biodegradable Six-Pack Ring Safe for Marine Life | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Lovers of beer and marine life rejoice. A Florida microbrewery, a New York–based advertising agency, and a Mexico-based biodegradables company have te
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This is the infuriating reason why toxic chemicals lurk in household products

This is the infuriating reason why toxic chemicals lurk in household products | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
A new bill to regulate harmful substances doesn't go far enough.
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Microplastics killing fish before they reach reproductive age, study finds

Microplastics killing fish before they reach reproductive age, study finds | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Tiny particles of plastic litter in oceans causing deaths, stunted growth and altering behaviour of some fish that feed on them, research shows
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