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  • Plastic contaminates 94% of U.S. tap water, research finds, the most of any country studied

    09/06/2017 6:15:56 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 72 replies
    Kiro 7 ^ | September 6th 2017 | Shelby Lin Erdman
    Microscopic pieces of plastic have infiltrated tap water systems around the world, according to new research on worldwide water systems. According to Orb Media, a non-profit data journalism newsroom in Washington, 83 percent of the tap water sampled globally was contained with microscopic plastic particles. The U.S. had the highest contamination rate at 94 percent, and water sampled from Europe to India and in parts of the Middle East had plastic contamination above 70 percent, according to the Orb study. Sites sampled in the U.S. included “Congress buildings, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency headquarters and Trump Towers,” the Guardian reported....
  • These Yoga Pants Are Reincarnated From Coffee Grounds And Crab Shells

    06/23/2017 8:04:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 6/23 | ELIZABETH SEGRAN5
    The yogawear company Rumi X makes every piece of clothing it sells from materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill or the ocean.For many yogis, achieving balance has to do with much more than just nailing the one-legged tree pose. It often has to do with more existential questions of being at one with the earth, which means protecting its future. This was certainly true for Melissa Chu, who grew up in the Bay Area, where everyone recycled obsessively and looked for ways to cut down their carbon footprint–when they weren’t off at a meditation retreat, that is....
  • Dogs are getting facelifts, nose jobs and ball implants

    03/21/2017 11:38:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 20, 2017 | Christian Gollayan
    These days, it’s not enough to just bring Spot to the groomer. If you really want your dog to dazzle — and you have a chunk of cash to spend — you can take him in for a nip-tuck. Edgard Brito, a Săo Paulo vet and plastic surgeon, told DuJour that he wants his procedures to make pets more lovable to their owners. “I often say that a clean dog with well-kept teeth will always be in better contact with its owners, otherwise the dog ends up being [put to sleep],” he said.
  • Man spends $50,000 on over 100 procedures to transform into a 'genderless' ALIEN [tr]

    03/02/2017 5:44:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 52 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 2, 2017 | Bianca London
    A man has spent $50,000 (Ł40,000) on plastic surgery to become an alien - and could soon have his genitalia removed. Vinny Ohh, 22, from Los Angeles in California, has had over 110 procedures to transform into a 'genderless' extra-terrestrial. The make-up artists believes he's neither male nor female and so his extreme look is a way of mirror how he feels inside.
  • 'Human Ken Doll' Rodrigo Alves is set to enter the record books after undergoing [tr]

    02/24/2017 6:15:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 24, 2017 | Sarah Mooney
    The British 'Human Ken Doll' is celebrating being offered a Guinness World Record for his 51st surgery that will remove acne scars and give him 'baby skin'. Rodrigo Alves, 33, had CO2 laser treatment to burn off the first layer of skin and leave his face blemish-free earlier this week.
  • 'There's no such thing as being addicted to plastic surgery': Human Ken Doll Rodrigo Alves [tr]

    02/03/2017 6:29:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 3, 2017 | Kate Thomas and Rebecca Davison
    He's earned the nickname of 'The Human Ken Doll' thanks to his quest to create the perfect face. And Rodrigo Alves has dismissed claims he's gone too far with extreme procedures, insisting during his appearance on Friday's installment of This Morning that he was free to stop at any time - even though he has no plans to. The surgery-loving star, 33, has just undergone his 50th surgery on his face, spending the past few weeks recovering after an SMAS facelift as well as neck and eye lifts.
  • Hillary the perfect little Stepford politician

    09/26/2016 8:47:46 PM PDT · by Bellflower · 67 replies
    self | 9/26/2016 | Self
    Did anyone else think that Hillary seemed like a plastic doll, Stepford wife type politician? She looked plastic and sounded too good. She must have known the questions ahead of time because she didn't appear to have to think about anything. It was already there for her. Too, too perfect. Totally unreal. Yes, she is the Stepford candidate!
  • Consol Energy CEO predicts 2 ethane cracker plants for region

    04/18/2016 4:39:43 PM PDT · by RS_Rider · 8 replies
    Trib Live ^ | 04-18-2016 | David Conti
    The global crash in oil prices and resulting squeeze in financing available to energy companies have raised questions about whether two companies will build ethane cracker plants in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions. The head of one of the top shale gas producers in the area, however, predicts both petrochemical facilities will be built in the next decade. “We will see one to two ... I believe two cracker plants built in this region,” Consol Energy Inc. CEO Nick DeIuliis said Friday during the University of Pittsburgh's Energy Law and Policy Institute gathering Downtown. Such facilities would take ethane...
  • These newly discovered bacteria can eat plastic bottles

    03/13/2016 5:31:02 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 48 replies
    Orlando Sentinal ^ | March 10, 2016 | Deborah Netburn
    A team of Japanese scientists has found a species of bacteria that eats the type of plastic found in most disposable water bottles. The discovery, published Thursday in the journal Science, could lead to new methods to manage the more than 50 million tons of this particular type of plastic produced globally each year. The plastic found in water bottles is known as polyethylene terephalate, or PET. It is also found in polyester clothing, frozen-dinner trays and blister packaging. "If you walk down the aisle in Walmart you're seeing a lot of PET," said Tracy Mincer, who studies plastics in...
  • Low Oil Prices Take Their Toll On Recycling Sector

    01/18/2016 7:17:40 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 9 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 18-01-2016 | plastic
    “Plastics,” Mr. McGuire tells Ben Braddock in the 1967 film “The Graduate.” He was impressing on the young man the importance of one of the chief branches of the oil industry: Virtually every item available at the time contained plastic, or was packaged in it. So a career in plastics meant you always had something to sell. That’s just as true today, despite many changes in societal priorities. Plastics are still ubiquitous, whether they’re made from oil or recycled from scrap. But a major change has come over the past 19 months, and there’s no telling how long it will...
  • Sustainable Legos to Replace their Plastic Cousins by 2030

    07/10/2015 7:29:25 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 36 replies
    The Green Optimist ^ | 7-10-2015 | Satya Sivani
    News has it that LEGO is planning to find a sustainable alternative to make its iconic plastic blocks with. Legos, those fine, multi-colored plastic blocks – look simple, but together, they can be built up into many complex structures. For nearly four generations, they have served our creative childhoods. Now, the world’s largest toymaker is planning to take a leap into the next level – a sustainable one – a non-plastic one. A couple of years back, a Japanese company Colors Tokyo made Lego-style blocks out of sawdust, cedar bark shavings, coffee beans, and green tea leaves. Another Japanese design...
  • The result of Chicago plastic bag ban: Shopping bags to be sturdier

    06/20/2015 5:01:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/20/15 | Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
    When Chicago's plastic bag ban kicks in Aug. 1, many shoppers accustomed to carting groceries home in those ubiquitous plastic bags will instead walk away with ... nicer plastic bags.. Several retailers preparing for the citywide ban on the thin plastic bags bemoaned for cluttering landfills and littering parks, streets and waterways said they plan to offer customers reusable plastic bags that comply with the city ordinance, and don't plan to charge a fee. The law, approved by the City Council last year in a 36-10 vote, permits stores to offer "reusable plastic bags" that are at least 2.25 mils...
  • A Different Kind of Plastic Shredder for 3D Filament Making

    06/14/2015 1:59:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Hackaday ^ | June 14, 2015 | James Hobson
    Haven’t you heard? You can make your own 3D filament nowadays from plastic granules (10X cheaper than filament), or even by recycling old plastic! Except if you’re recycling plastic you will have to shred it first… [David Watkins] came up with a different way of shredding plastic. Typically we’ve seen shrunken versions of giant metal shredders used to dice up plastic into granules that can be melted down and then extruded back into filament. These work with a series of sharp toothed gears that kind of look like a stack of circular saw blades put together inside of a housing....
  • Dallas' Plastic Bag Fee Repealed

    06/03/2015 7:26:53 PM PDT · by Spktyr · 43 replies
    NBC5DFW ^ | Jun 3, 2015 | Holley Ford
    Plastic bags will soon be free again in Dallas. In a vote of 10 to 4, Dallas City Council members voted to repeal the bag fee passed in 2014. Grocery Bag Makers File Lawsuit Over Dallas Fee Last year's resolution added a $.05 fee for each single-use plastic bag used by shoppers to encourage people to use reusable bags and to reduce litter. The ban went into effect Jan. 1. "We're gonna take this nick on the chin," said Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway, who originally pushed for the ban, after Wednesday's vote. "Y'all celebrate. Just celebrate. But when it's...
  • Huntington Beach (CA) repeals plastic bag ban

    04/24/2015 9:12:59 AM PDT · by fifedom · 42 replies
    KPCC ^ | 04/21/15 | Erika Aguilar
    After six minutes of discussion, the Huntington Beach City Council voted 6 to 1 on Monday night to allow stores to use plastic carryout bags, taking a step toward reversing a ban that was enacted in 2013.
  • EU seeks to reduce plastic bag usage

    03/03/2015 1:43:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03/02/2015 | das/jil (dpa, AP)
    The 28 EU member states gave their final approval to new rules regarding plastic bags on Monday. Member states are required to reduce the use of flimsy plastic bags by 80 percent by 2025. However, they are given a choice on how to achieve that goal. According to the new rules, EU countries are permitted to introduce extra taxes on plastic bags or even ban single-use plastic bags on a national level.Margrete Auken, a Danish Member of the European Parliament from the Green Party, pushed the new legislation through and called the approval “a historic breakthrough in tackling the pervasive...
  • California’s Plastic-Bag Ban Suspended By Ballot Referendum

    02/24/2015 12:55:17 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | 02/24/2015
    <p>SACRAMENTO (AP) — A trade group has turned in enough signatures to qualify a referendum on California’s plastic bag ban law, suspending implementation of the nation’s first statewide ban until voters weigh in on the November 2016 ballot, state elections officials said Tuesday.</p>
  • Chemicals in plastic 'are making women less interested in sex'

    10/20/2014 8:28:07 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 63 replies
    Daily Mail (London) ^ | Oct. 20, 2014 | FIONA MACRAE
    Full headline: Chemicals in plastic 'are making women less interested in sex': Low libido linked to additives used to soften materials found in every home PVC flooring and plastic shower curtains could lower women's libido Women with high levels of phthalates more likely to say no to sex Additives are man-made chemicals thought to interfere with hormones Tiny particles enter our systems through eating and breathing Chemicals found in PVC flooring, plastic shower curtains, processed food and other trappings of modern life may be sapping women’s interest in sex. A study has linked low libido with the additives used to...
  • Self-healing plastic mimics blood clotting

    05/11/2014 12:02:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 9 May 2014 Last updated at 03:26 ET Share this pageEmail | James Morgan
    A new plastic that "heals itself" has been designed, meaning your cracked phone screen or broken tennis racquet could mend its own wounds. The polymer automatically patches holes 3cm wide, 100 times bigger than before. Inspired by the human blood clotting system, it contains a network of capillaries that deliver healing chemicals to damaged areas ... But even the best self-healing plastics and polymers can only repair small-scale damage, the Science magazine authors note. "Although self-healing of microscopic defects has been demonstrated, the re-growth of material lost through catastrophic damage requires a regenerative-like approach," said Prof White. To fix larger...
  • Chain-store plastic bag ban: 'Just change your behavior'

    04/30/2014 7:39:52 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 30, 2014 | Meredith Rodriguez
    Chicago lawmakers’ decision to ban plastic bags in chain stores next year goes beyond the arguments over the city’s economic and environmental conditions. The measure that’s set to take effect a year from August touches on everyday decisions people make. People walking along Michigan Avenue on Wednesday said it will affect a range of habits, such as how they pick up after their dogs and line the trash cans in their bathrooms. Maiwand Mayar, 22, said that he uses them to transport his laundry and, like “anyone in every society,” his trash can. He couldn’t immediately think of how he...