DoE Issues “Strategy for Plastics Innovation

In January 2023, the Department of Energy published its “Strategy for Plastics Innovation” https://www.energy.gov/entity%3Anode/4394292/strategy-plastics-innovation “… to accelerate innovations that will dramatically reduce plastic waste in oceans and landfills … designed to position the United States as a leader in science and technology innovations needed to develop and manufacture new plastic technologies by 2030 … Strategic Goals [include] … Create new […]

Microplastics Detected in Human Vascular Tissues (Saphenous Vein Tissue)

According to the abstract of a February 1, 2023 PLOS One article by researchers with UK University of Hull and others “… Microplastics (MPs) are ubiquitous in the environment, in the human food chain … This study analysed digested human saphenous vein tissue samples (n = 5) using μFTIR spectroscopy (size limitation of 5 μm) to detect […]

Microplastics found to Exacerbate Virus-Mediated Fish Mortality

According to the abstract of a paper to be published in the March 2023 issue of Science of The Total Environment https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S004896972208295X by researchers with Virginia Institute of Marine Science, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Hawaii Pacific University Center for Marine Debris Research and others “… Interaction between microplastics and environmental pathogens is poorly understood … A […]

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Single Use vs Reusable Restaurant Plastic Takeout Food Containers Studied

According to the abstract of a Resources, Conservation and Recycling article https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2022.106862 by researchers with the University of Michigan “… Single-use packaging generates millions of tonnes of plastic waste per year – a circular economy waste-reduction strategy is to implement reusable container systems for restaurant takeout. We developed a parametric life cycle assessment (LCA) and cost model and […]

Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) – Kentucky Issues “Energy Company Boycott” List

On January 3, 2023, the Kentucky Treasurer released https://www.kentucky.gov/Pages/Activity-stream.aspx?n=KentuckyStateTreasurer&prId=101 “… a list of 11 financial companies that are engaged in energy company boycotts… ” defined https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/22rs/sb205.html as: “… without an ordinary business purpose, refusing to deal with, terminating business activities with, or otherwise taking any action that is intended to penalize, inflict economic harm on, or limit commercial relations with a company […]

Plastic Waste – Provisions of the “Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act of 2021” to be Explained

On February 16, 2021, the Plastic Pollution Coalition announced that on March 31 a webinar will be held to explain the provisions of the soon to be introduced “U.S. Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2021” – The webinar will consist of “… a conversation with Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Representative Alan Lowenthal of […]