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The Link Between Plastic Use and Climate Change: Nitty-gritty | STANFORD magazine
Plastics are made most commonly from petroleum and natural gas. The hydrocarbon starting points are refined into ethane and propane (among other petrochemical products). Both of these gases are "steam cracked" into ethylene and propylene, a process in which the saturated hydrocarbon gases are combined with steam at temperatures of 900 degrees Celsius or more and break down into their lighter, unsaturated monomers—their chemical building blocks. A little more processing and you get a wide range of monomers for use in production.
plastic  climate  change  natural  gas  ethane  carbon  global  warming  fossil  fuel 
6 weeks ago by LizFlyntz
Plastics: Material-Specific Data | Facts and Figures about Materials, Waste and Recycling | US EPA
In 2017, landfills received 26.8 million tons of plastic. This was 19.2 percent of all MSW landfilled.
plastic  trash  landfill  percent  waste  ecology  environment 
6 weeks ago by LizFlyntz
Plastics recycling worldwide: current overview and desirable changes
Changes in final consumers’ demands and behaviors can also lead manufacturers to include more recycled plastic in their products. This is a phenomenon seen in the food industry, which is very much in the firing line in terms of plastic pollution of the oceans. Pressure from consumers and civil society pushes brands to increase the amount of recycled plastic in their packaging.
plastic  recycling  report  waste  garbage  Europe  world  global  USA  carbon  CO2 
november 2019 by LizFlyntz
Troubled Water: Estrogen and its doppelgängers - EHN
These estrogenic compounds include many herbicides and pesticides as well as some plastic products, cosmetics, and industrial solvents, among others. And although they are not as "bioactive as pure estrogen, they get into the water supply in great quantities," Iwanowicz said.

Although weaker as an estrogen than a chemical designed as estrogen, such as the birth control pill, these estrogenic compounds may be of more concern than estrogen itself.
water  pollution  environment  industry  hormones  estrogen  endocrine  disruptors  systems  plastic  solvents  agriculture  birth  control 
november 2019 by LizFlyntz
Americans' plastic recycling is dumped in landfills, investigation shows | US news | The Guardian
“Most people have no idea that most plastic doesn’t get recycled,” said John Hocevar, the Oceans Campaign Director for Greenpeace USA, referencing a study which found that just 9% of all plastic ever produced has been recycled. “Even though they are buying something that they only use for a few seconds before putting it in the recycling bin, they think it’s OK because they believe it is being recycled.”

Commenting on the situation in Los Angeles and elsewhere, he said: “There’s no question that the No 3,4, 6 and 7 plastics are going into landfills and incinerators. We have a huge problem.”
plastic  recycling  ecology  environment  plastics  USA  world  greenpeace  trash  garbage  waste  carbon 
november 2019 by LizFlyntz
Plasticos Reciclados Cadereyta S.A. de C.V. - ENF Recycling Directory
Carretera Cadereyta – Allende km. 4.5, Cadereyta Jiménez, Nuevo León, C.P. 67480
mexico  recycling  plastic  Monterrey 
november 2019 by LizFlyntz
The Chinese import ban and its impact on global plastic waste trade | Science Advances
High Income (HIC) countries have overwhelmingly been the primary exporters of plastic waste since 1988, contributing to 87% of all exports and valued at $71 billion USD (Table 1 and table S1). Imports of plastic waste are almost evenly split between HIC and Upper Middle Income (UMI) countries, which collectively account for 96% of all imports and are valued at $106 billion USD (Table 1 and table S1). All of the top 10 countries exporting plastic waste are HIC, except for Mexico (UMI) ranking fifth. Seven of the top 10 countries importing plastic waste are HIC as well, except for China (first), India (ninth), and other Asia not elsewhere specified (see note # in Table 1). If taken collectively, then the EU-28 would be the top exporter.
plastic  waste  economics  circulation  recycling  import  export  Mexico  USA  China  garbage  oceans  carbon 
november 2019 by LizFlyntz
Plastics and the Dangers of Plastic Additive Contamination on Food, Drink and the Environment
Endocrine disrupter chemicals tend to work as xenoestrogens that mimic natural estrogen in the body. This causes a hormonal imbalance in hormone critical areas of development such as the reproductive system. This results in disruptions to fertility and pregnancy plus increased chance of cancers in reproduction related areas of the body like the breasts, prostate and uterus.

Other chemicals like phthalates are antiandrogenic and interfere with testosterone function.

Fetal exposure to these chemicals can result in abnormal sexual development and cancers that don't grow until adulthood. As these chemicals can cross the placenta and be carried in breast milk, both unborn and newborn children can be exposed to the chemicals.
EDCs  endocrine  disruptor  plastic  additive  food  container  package  environment 
november 2019 by LizFlyntz
Toxicity of plastics - Blastic
The harmful chemicals associated with plastics can be divided into three categories: ingredients of the plastic material, byproducts of manufacturing and chemicals adsorbed from the environment.
plastic  harm  toxic  environment  health  pollution  chemicals 
november 2019 by LizFlyntz
The Plastic Industry’s Fight to Keep Polluting the World
containers made from plastics Nos. 3 through 7, all of which now have recycling rates close to zero.
recycling  capitalism  plastic  environment  ecology 
november 2019 by LizFlyntz
The Plastic We 'Recycle' Is Actually Horrible for the Environment | Live Science
Last year, about 68,000 shipping containers' worth of plastic recycling waste from the U.S. were shipped to developing countries, which mismanage over 70% of their own plastic waste, they wrote. For example, Malaysia dumps or improperly disposes 55% of its own plastic waste, yet it receives more U.S. recyclables than any other country, they wrote. What's more, an estimated 20% to 70% of plastic waste that goes to recycling facilities worldwide is unusable and discarded as trash, according to the report.
plastic  recycling  environment. 
november 2019 by LizFlyntz
Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals EDCs | Hormone Health Network
Global production of plastics grew from 50 million tons in the mid-1970s to nearly 300 million tons today.
hormones  EDCs  endocrine  plastic  health  chemicals  reproduction 
october 2019 by LizFlyntz
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