Go beyond Plastic titles

Go beyond Plastic titles

You may have seen or been asked about the controversial research on microplastics found in human blood and tissues. As expected, it attracted a lot of attention.

Research from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands found microplastics in the blood in 80% of people tested. The researchers said they tested 22 people and found PET particles in 50% of those tested and polystyrene in just over a third. Obviously, a study with 22 people is very small, but clearly there should be no microplastics.

This is a very complex problem, one that cannot be summed up in a blog, especially one that is not written by a scientist. However, Assistant Editor-in-Chief Steve Toloken has been doing his best to keep an eye on what's going on and notes that the research is fueling a request for the United Nations to take microplastics seriously.

Vera Slaveykova, chair of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Switzerland's University of Geneva, told a United Nations webinar that the study did not demonstrate harm but had worrying effects. .

"This doesn't mean it can have some effect, but it's a strong hint that microplastics can overcome biological barriers and can travel throughout the body," she said.


Break down barriers
In 2020, most people want to know where they can find clear plastic fence panels in shops and workplaces. While the pandemic may not be over, a lot of places are removing those barriers and people are asking, "What do I do with these now?"

As Catherine Kavanaugh of PN writes, the same company that sells sheet and film is now trying to reach out to customers to let them know those materials can be recycled. Groups such as the International Plastics Distributors Association are working to establish collection systems.

Joey McCabe, vice president of Faulkner Plastics Inc. in Hialeah, Fla., told Cathy.







A good choice from dairy for greenhouses
Sustainable gardens and accommodation are merging in a trend popping up on social media feeds: converting high-density polyethylene water bottles into mini greenhouses to start seeding.

The concept has been around for about 10 years, but it has been in the spotlight since the beginning of the pandemic. The idea is simple: Clear out a gallon jug, drill a hole in the top, add some drainage holes, fill in well with soil at the bottom, water it sufficiently, plant the seeds, glue the top side back on and place in the sun. sunshine.

You can check out the quick guide from Michigan State University for more details. Bottled greenhouses are also being used to teach children how to grow vegetables, such as a program in Albany, NY, schools.

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