Micro and Nano Plastics – Research Efforts Summarized

The abstract of a May 27, 2022 ACS Chemical and Engineering News Story https://cen.acs.org/biological-chemistry/toxicology/Microplastics-health-risk-toxicology-particle-characterization-nanomaterials/100/i19 reports that “… Tiny plastic particles less than 5 mm in diameter are popping up nearly everywhere scientists look. They are in water, food, and air, as well as in human blood, lung tissue, and stool. But it is unclear whether micro- […]

Nanoplastics – Single Use Hot Beverage Cups Release “Trillions” during Normal Use

The abstract of an April 20, 2022 Environmental Science and Technology article https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.est.1c06768 by researchers with the US National Institute of Standards and Technology reports that “… commonly used consumer products such as single-use food grade nylon bags and hot beverage cups lined with low-density polyethylene release nanometer-sized plastic particles … when exposed to water. The […]

Nanoplastics – Potential Health Risks of Ingested Polystyrene in Drosophila Larvae Studied

The abstract of a May 1, 2022 Environmental Science: Nano article https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2022/EN/D1EN01199E by researchers with Spain Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Egypt Sohag University reports that “… we have used our in vivo model of Drosophila larvae and three nanopolystyrene plastics (PSNPLs) … to add new data to better understand the potential health risks of Micro- and Nanoplastics (MNPLs). Our […]

Plastic Waste – Coca-Cola Great Britain Introduces Attached Bottle Caps

In a May 17, 2022 news release https://www.cocacolaep.com/gb/news/2022/coca-cola-begins-introduction-of-attached-caps-across-entire-portfolio-to-boost-collection-and-recylcing-and-help-to-prevent-litter/ “… Coca-Cola in partnership with Coca-Cola Europacific Partners … announced transition to attached caps … [which will] cover entire portfolio of brands … Move begins in Scotland this May and will be rolled out across Great Britain …  The new design means that the cap stays connected […]

Plastic Waste – $500 Million “Investment Opportunity” Announced

On May 12, 2022, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (“Alliance”) and Lombard Odier Investment Managers announced https://endplasticwaste.org/en/news/new-fund-will-target-plastic-waste-as-an-investible-opportunity “… their intention to launch a new circular plastic fund. The fund will aim to raise US$500 million from institutional and other accredited investors for scalable solutions to remove plastic waste from the environment, increase recycling, and […]

Plastic Waste – California Legal Efforts Summarized

A May 11, 2022 DLA Piper Product Liability Alert https://www.dlapiper.com/en/us/insights/publications/2022/05/california-attorney-general-subpoena/ summarizes the April 28, 2022, California Attorney General’s ExxonMobil subpoena https://pfpw.news/2022/04/30/plastic-waste-role-of-fossil-fuel-and-petrochemical-companies-to-be-investigated-by-california-attorney-general/ seeking information regarding the efficacy of recycling – “… This move is the latest in a series of regulatory, legislative, and litigation developments focusing on the plastics supply chain, which could impact participants from […]

Plastic Waste – Kraft Heinz Developing Paper-Based Ketchup Bottle

A May 10, 2022 Kraft Heinz news release https://news.kraftheinzcompany.com/press-releases-details/2022/Kraft-Heinz-Explores-the-Ketchup-Bottle-of-Tomorrow/default.aspx advises that the company is developing “… a paper-based, renewable and recyclable bottle made from 100 percent sustainably sourced wood pulp … [which] progresses the Company’s sustainable packaging ambitions, in that it aligns with its goal to make all packaging globally recyclable, reusable or compostable by […]

Microplastics – Presence in Dried Asian Fish Reported

The abstract of a February 5, 2022 Journal of Hazardous Materials article https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2021.127093 by researchers with Taiwan National Sun Yat-sen University, US University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Sri Lanka University of Sri Jayewardenepura report that “… The major risk of microplastics in marine environments is the bioaccumulation in marine organisms … we report the occurrence of […]

Microplastics – Application of Sewage Sludge to Agricultural Land Questioned

The abstract of a July 1, 2022 Environmental Pollution article https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2022.119198 by researchers with Wales Cardiff University and UK University of Manchester report that “… Wastewater treatment plants (WwTPs) remove microplastics (MPs) from municipal sewage flow, with the resulting bulk of MPs being concentrated within generated sewage sludge which is frequently recycled back onto agricultural land as accepted […]

Second Update about Plastic Food Packaging Waste News – May 5, 2022

To Readers of Plastic Food Packaging Waste News I recently advised that beginning July 1, 2022, the updates you have been receiving through http://www.pfpw.news will be coming to you from the non-profit I established in 2017, the Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative http://www.adfpi.org ~   The purpose of the Initiative is to convince/persuade/inspire the food industry […]