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February 18, 2013

Global Bioplastics Production in 2013 will Double

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According to words of Harald Kab, the Secretary-General of the European Bioplastics Association, who recently said that by the stimulation of biological polyethylene plant began operation, in 2013, the global bioplastics production should be 146 tons / year, nearly four-fold of the current production.

Kab pointed out that the world’s first bio-polyethylene industrialized device, which currently are under construction by Brazil Braskem will be put into operation this year, In addition, I think that some manufacturers from other countries with rich sugarcane production will also to use this raw materials, to invest in the construction of biological polyethylene and polypropylene equipments.

According to remarks of European Bioplastics, the association predicted the global bioplastics production in 2013 will reach 1.46 million tons / year, which was based on two aspects of the forecast, which is compostable bioplastics production from 409,000 tons in 2009 / year748,000 tons / year up to 2013; non-compostable bioplastics production in 2013 increased sharply from 2009 when 2.5 million tons / year to 715,000 tons / year.

Brazil Braskem will be put into this plant which can produce bio-polyethylene 200,000 tons / year into operation by the end of this year. At the same time, Braskem’s also has established research partnerships with Novozymes, the two sides will be developed to research of polypropylene production with cane as raw material .

Kab said recently: more and more bioplastics will appear in areas of packaging, films, shopping bags, mobile phones and beverage bottles and so on. We have already seen that the PET bottles of Coca-Cola uses bio-plastic, Tetra Pak is also seeking to use bioplastics. Of course, the current bioplastics cost is still higher than ordinary plastic products, which will usually passed on to consumers, but i think most consumers are willing to pay this part of the premium.

* Originally posted: Global Bioplastics Production in 2013 will Double

August 20, 2012

Coca-Cola may Produced Cola Drinks packed in Plastic Bags

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In some Central American countries, such as El Salvador, Coca-Cola is served in biodegradable plastic zip-lock bags instead of glass and plastic bottles or cans. The bags come in the iconic shape of the Coke bottle, Digital Journal reported.

This move also saves vendors the trouble of having to pay a deposit on the returnable glass bottles.

Coca-Cola took notice of this trend and decided to officially introduce its eco-friendly Coke-bottle-shaped bags, the Daily Mail has learnt.

 The innovation comes at a good time as Coca-Cola has come under pressure in recent years to produce a more eco-friendly packaging for their drinks.

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July 11, 2012

New Fabric made of Spilled Milk

 New high-end Fabric made of spilled milk.

As CNN reported, every year, Europeans discard tons of milk deemed unsafe for human consumption. Now, a German company is turning the spilled milk into high-end fashion.

Anke Domaske, a biochemist turned fashion designer, is the inventor of QMilch – a fabric made entirely of milk.

The fabric is created from milk which is allowed to ferment before it is turned into a powder. It is then heated and mixed with other natural ingredients and turned into yarn.

QMilch has a similar feel to silk, and is marketed as a luxury fiber.

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May 11, 2012

Take a cup of Tea will be Poisoned yet?

 

On Wednesday, a report from Greenpeace outlined the pesticides - including carcinogenic and banned chemicals - found in 18 Chinese teas, including some of the country’s best-known brands.

Tea may have a long history in China but it has hardly been exempt from the food safety scandals that have plagued the country in recent years.

“You don’t know how many people - and for how long - have unknowingly been drinking toxic pesticides in their tea,” Wang Jing, a food and agriculture campaigner with Greenpeace, said in a statement.

According to the report, 14 out of the 18 teas tested contain pesticides that may affect fertility, harm an unborn child or cause genetic damage.

The report is just the latest in a string of food safety scandals to hit China’s tea sector. Last fall Unilever recalled a batch of Lipton’s “Iron Buddha” tea because it contained excessive levels of rare earths.

An earlier government check of oolong tea brands had found that 19 out of 58 brands tested failed to meet standards, including Lipton’s “Iron Buddha”.

The Greenpeace report found that even some of the most famous and expensive teas sold under brands like Wuyutai, Tenfu and Eight Horses, contained pesticides that are banned in China. One tea, Richun’s Iron Buddha No. 803, was found to contain 17 different kind of pesticides.

Beijing’s efforts to tackle the food safety problem have so far been piecemeal and overuse of pesticides is common in Chinese farming. Judging from the progress so far, it may be a while yet before China’s tea aficionados can drink easy.

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April 17, 2012

Coca-Cola and Pepsi been Claimed that Contained Carcinogen

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An ingredient used in Coca-Cola and Pepsi is a cancer risk and should be banned, an influential lobby group has claimed.

The concerns relate to an artificial brown colouring agent that the researchers say could be causing thousands of cancers.‘The caramel colouring used in Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and other foods is contaminated with two cancer-causing chemicals and should be banned,’said the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a health lobby group based in Washington, DC.

This morning Coca-Cola rejected the CSPI’s concerns. A spokesman said: ‘Our beverages are completely safe. CSPI’s statement irresponsibly insinuates that the caramel used in our beverages is unsafe and  maliciously raises cancer concerns among consumers. This does a disservice to the very public for which CSPI purports to serve. Studies show that the caramel we use does not cause cancer.’

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March 21, 2012

The Red Solo Cup: Every Party’s Most Popular Guest

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Tonight, like most Saturday nights in college towns across the country, students are getting ready to party, and the one thing most of those parties will have in common besides a few chilled kegs is a large stack of cups – red plastic cups to be precise. And just how did these big, bright liquid holders get so popular that folks are now singing about them, producer Lauren Silverman volunteered to do some research.

That red cup is part of a legacy that stretches back 75 years. It’s made by a company called Solo from the folks that brought us those little paper cone cups at the water cooler and the wax-lined cups at fast-food joints. But nothing has had the impact of the red Solo cup.

My first experience with the Solo cup, I am guessing, it was in high school at some kind of keg party we should not have been throwing.

Now, red Solo cup is the best receptacle for barbecues, tailgates, fairs and festivals. And you…

OK, wait a second. I need to make it clear that Solo did not pay Toby Keith to write this song. Even scarier, he’s just one of many who worship at the shrine of the red cup.

Actually, I’ve seen people use it as a to-go cup. One woman, I watched her make her scrambled eggs in the morning, and she put it in her cup and she said, this is how I go to work.

People make flowers out of these cups. We had someone that made a full lobster costume out of our cups – head to toe.

When I joined the company and saw how iconic the red party cup was, my first inclination was, well then, we shouldn’t change anything about it.

But that’s exactly what Kim Healy did in 2009. And it caught Seth Stevenson’s eye.

One day, I was walking through the grocery store and I noticed a subtle change. And the red Solo cup had square sides and a square bottom instead of the round one I was used to. And suddenly, it occurred to me that the red Solo cup has been this ever-present item in my life since I was a teenager, and it had changed. Looks like a tank.

The shape changed, Kim Healy says, because people wanted something sturdier, that wouldn’t slip out of your hand when beer sloshes over the side.

You’re more than just plastic. You’re more than amazing. You’re more than fantastic.

Now, plenty of other companies make disposable plastic cups, and a lot of them are cheaper than Solo’s. But this is the one that’s become king of the keggers.

It’s just become synonymous with partying. And when people go to the store to stock up for their barbecue, that red Solo cup, it calls to them.

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November 22, 2011

Canada Making Plastic Bills for People of All Ages


Starting in November, new Canadian polymer bank notes will start to replace paper-cotton bills that wear and tear more easily.

The first bills to go plastic will be the $100 notes. The $50 notes will follow next March. The rest of the plastic money will be in circulation by the end of 2013.

Instead of the normal cotton paper bills, the polymer bills have two see-through windows that make it nearly impossible for amateur counterfeiters to scan or photocopy the banknotes. According to the Bank of Canada, you can “feel, look, and flip” to make sure the bill is real.

The polymer bank notes are more durable than paper money. The Bank of Canada expects the new bills to last 2.5 times longer than the paper ones.

They’re also harder to fake than paper money. Some of the security features built into the new notes include raised ink, hidden numbers and metallic images.

The bills feel smooth and slightly waxy. They don’t crumple easily, but they do crease when you try, and they don’t seem to tear in half.

The new $100s look busier than the paper bills. There are now two portraits of Prime Minister Robert Borden — a large one on the face of the bill and a smaller, metallic one in the clear band running through the note, above an image of Parliament Hill’s Peace Tower.

On the other side of the bill, there’s an image of a researcher at a microscope, a strand of DNA and an electrocardiogram. There’s also a bottle of insulin next to the words “medical innovation.”

Another advantage of the plastic bill is that they don’t curl or fray at the corners. The material causes about 40 percent less jams in automated teller and bill-counting machines, so you’ll never again have to deal with that frustrating experience of having your money spit back at you while you’re trying to buy a soda from the vending machine.

The $50 has an image of CCGS Amundsen — a research icebreaker — and a map of the North. The designs of the $20, $10 and $5 bills will be unveiled later. The colours of the new bills have not changed.

Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney said the notes are necessary to fight counterfeiting. The number of counterfeit bills in circulation peaked in 2004, but has been steadily declining since.” The polymer notes we’re introducing today are unique,” Carney said. “There’s simply no other currency like them.”

November 29, 2010

Chemical in Plastic Baby Bottles Raises Alarm

Bisphenol A (BPA), a compound in hard, clear polycarbonate plastics, is getting official scrutiny — and things are looking less than rosy for the controversial chemical.

The European Commission voted Thursday to ban the estrogen-like chemical BPA, or bisphenol A, from plastic baby bottles by the middle of next year – 2011.

The U.S. government’s National Toxicology Program yesterday agreed with a scientific panel that recently expressed concern about physiological changes that occur in people when they ingest BPA that has leached from plastic into their food.

In spite of what it called some “uncertainty” in the science, the commission said in a statement that it was concerned about BPA, which helps make plastic hard and shatterproof, and its effects on children’s development, the body’s immune response and cancer risk. Studies have linked BPA exposure to heart disease, diabetes and low sperm counts in men.

“This is a good news for European consumers,” said John Dalli, commissioner in charge of health and consumer policy for the European Commission.

The Canadian government is even considering declaring the chemical toxic, reports today’s New York Times.

European Union countries must stop manufacturing polycarbonate plastic baby bottles with BPA by March 2011; they must stop selling or importing them by June 2011, according to the statement.

The vote comes a week after American opponents of BPA failed to include a ban on the chemical in a $1.4 billion food-safety bill. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who had championed a ban on BPA in baby bottles, blamed the chemical industry for defeating her proposal.

Although consumer backlash has prompted major American baby bottle manufacturers to stop using BPA, the chemical is used in cheaper products sold in discount stores, according to Janet Nudelman of the Breast Cancer Fund.

The American Chemistry Council, which represents the plastics industry, maintains that BPA is safe. “Government agencies worldwide have examined the science of BPA, including a recent European Food Safety Authority review of 800 studies, and concluded that low doses of BPA are not a risk to human health,” the council’s Steve Hentges said in a statement. “Based on the science, an international panel of experts organized by the World Health Organization recently concluded that public health measures on BPA are premature.”

In a statement, the Environment Working Group, an advocacy organization, commended Europe’s decision, noting that more than 90% of Americans have BPA in their urine. The group’s tests have found BPA in babies’ umbilical cords. “It is absolutely unacceptable that American babies are born pre-polluted with this toxic chemical,” group President Kenneth Cook said.

Canada, France and Denmark already have banned the use of BPA in baby bottles. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expressed “some concern” that BPA may alter the brain, behavior and prostate gland in children, both before and after birth.

This could set the stage for banning it from plastic baby bottles, water bottles, and food containers. At the very least, some people will be even more eager to buy foods and beverages in BPA-free containers.

In March, the Environmental Protection Agency said it would consider adding BPA to its list of chemicals of concern, looking at levels of BPA in surface, ground and drinking water.

Legislatures in at least 20 states have considered banning BPA in children’s products. As of October, seven states had voted to ban BPA in baby bottles: Connecticut, Minnesota, Washington, Wisconsin, Vermont, Maryland and New York.

Chicago and four counties in New York — Albany, Rockland, Schenectady and Suffolk — also have banned BPA in baby bottles.

Beyond switching baby bottles, another way to lower exposure to BPA is to avoid heating foods and liquids in plastic containers that contain the compound. The amount of BPA that leaches out, the NTP says, may depend more on the temperature of the liquid, food, or container itself than on the age of the plastic bottle or dish.

A Massachusetts health advisory warned pregnant and nursing women last year to choose fresh or frozen products, rather than food in cans, which often contain BPA in their plastic linings.

The whole Europe is going BPA-free.

September 29, 2010

Plastics Recycler MBA Polymers wins Energy and Environment Award

Michael Biddle, founder and president of MBA Polymers, will receive the Energy and Environment award at the The Economist magazine’s Innovation Awards ceremony, to be held on 21 October at the Science Museum, London.

Dr. Michael Biddle founded Michael Biddle & Associates in his garage in 1992 to demonstrate that it was possible to recycle plastics from complex waste streams. MB&A was expanded to a pilot line in Berkeley, CA and renamed MBA Polymers in 1994 after he brought on his former colleague, Laurence Allen.

From this humble beginning, MBA Polymers now has headquarters and a research centre in Richmond, California, and recovers materials from a variety of sources, including computers, electronics, appliances and automobiles. The company has developed numerous proprietary processes for separating polymeric materials from highly complex waste products.

These are then reused in a number of different applications, making it a more sustainable option than using new virgin plastics. MBA’s process requires less than 10% of the energy compared to making plastics from petrochemicals.

MBA Polymers now has headquarters and a research centre in Richmond, California, and recovers materials from sources including computers, electronics, domestic appliances and automobiles. The company has developed proprietary processes for separating polymeric materials from complex waste products for reuse in a variety of applications.

The Innovation Awards, now in its ninth year, seek to identify the individuals, rather than companies, who are responsible for innovations that have been a proven success in the past decade. The seven categories are: bioscience, business process, computing and telecoms, consumer goods and services, energy and the environment, social and economic innovation, and “no boundaries”.

Commenting on the decision by an independent judging panel, Tom Standage, digital editor at The Economist said: “With this award, the judges have recognised Michael Biddle for the outstanding contribution his innovative way of dealing with plastics has made to improving the environment. MBA Polymers and the US Department of Energy estimate that 5.4m tonnes of mixed durable plastics are discarded in America each year. By using MBA’s recycled plastic pellets as raw material, plastics manufacturers can save lots of money and significant amounts of energy. MBA’s sorting technology also means that material that might otherwise end up in landfill can be recycled.”

The Awards ceremony will be followed by the Innovation Summit on October 22nd, which will celebrate those people whose ideas have shaped the world we live in, and also explore how these ideas can be identified in their early stages. How should entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders decide which ideas to put their faith in?

July 28, 2010

consumer takes different stands on plastic bags

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     Every coin has two sizes, when we are enjoying the conveninent life which plastic bags bring, at the same time, we are suffring the polluted environment it causes. People has realized the bad environment which  plastic bags cause, and is determined to ban plastic bags to protect environment.
     Sandy-area residents shopping at the Sandy Fred Meyer appear split over the idea of banning plastic grocery bags.

     Welches resident Nora Galbee had plastic bags in her shopping cart, but said that was just because she had forgotten to bring her reusable bags into the store. She gave the ban a thumbs-up.

   “I think it’s something we should be doing,” she said. “(Plastic bags are) not environmentally friendly. They last too long in landfills.”

     She and others would remember to bring in their reusable bags if a ban were enacted, Galbee said. “We’ll adjust.”

    Valerie Walbert, a Sandy resident whose shopping cart contained several reusable bags, said she started shunning single-use bags – both paper and plastic – a few years ago.

   “I feel like I’m kind of taking care of my carbon footprint, my contribution to the environment,” she said.

    Everyone takes divergent stands on plastic bags, someone approves it, someone opposes it.In my opinion, we should ban plastic bags and use paper bags instead. Because it takes a long time for decaying plastic bags,also the process of decaying it will emmit a lot of toxic gas which is extremely bad for human health and our living environment.

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