Toxic Chemicals From E-Waste Are Working Their Way Into Our Food Packaging https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/ar... ““There are environmental and health impacts arising from the production and use of plastics in general, but black plastics pose greater risks and hazards,” Andrew Turner, a researcher at the University of Plymouth said in a statement.”
Sorting Black Plastic According to Type Enables Previously Recycling https://phys.org/news/2016-06-black-p... “Conventional sorting systems operate specifically within the near-infrared range, which in general allows them to categorize plastics. But what works especially well for most plastics fails for black ones: the soot that gives them their dark color absorbs most of the signal, so the optical system cannot see these substances”
Banning plastic straws sounds annoying, but here’s why it’s a fight cities must win https://www.businessinsider.com/why-a... “Starbucks announced that it will eliminate plastic straws globally by 2020. McDonald's said last month that it plans to test plastic straw alternatives at select US locations this year. In the UK, the fast-food giant has already decided to adopt biodegradable paper straws by 2019. And Bon Appétit Management, a food-service company with 1,000 US locations, announced last May that it's phasing out plastic straws as well.Meanwhile, several American cities have enacted their own bans or have proposals in the works. In 2012, Miami Beach banned hotels from serving straws because they were ending up on the sand and in the ocean, threatening marine life. Fort Myers, Florida and Seattle took the same steps in January 2018.” ____________________
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