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Danone invests in firm selling bottled water from ocean floor

Danone invests in firm selling bottled water from ocean floor | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Water comes from a deep ocean current off the coast of Hawaii and is desalinated using reverse osmosis
PIRatE Lab's insight:
This is a consequence of people being totally decoupled from nature AND totally ignorant of a basic understanding of science.  Reverse Osmosis is Reverse Osmosis.  Crazy, crazy stuff.

Also, this is only possible because we do not properly price carbon.
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Montreal wants a complete ban on plastic water bottles

Montreal wants a complete ban on plastic water bottles | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
But local bottled water reps complain their healthy beverage is being singled out.
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Go Montreal!
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Newlight Makes Plastic Out of Thin Air (Not Oil)

Newlight Makes Plastic Out of Thin Air (Not Oil) | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Newlight Technologies' patented system extracts carbon from the air and converts it into long-chain polymers that can be used as substitutes for oil-based plastics.

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We Can Make Sustainable Plastics... From Shrimp? | Poplar Network

We Can Make Sustainable Plastics... From Shrimp? | Poplar Network | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Crustaceans aren’t just tasty summertime morsels anymore - a team of Harvard researchers believes they could be the new source for myriad objects in your...
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Those BPA-free plastics you thought were safe? Think again.

Those BPA-free plastics you thought were safe? Think again. | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Inside the Big Tobacco-style campaign to bury the disturbing evidence about the products you use every day.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

This caveat at the start of this story is key.  We are swimming in such a massive sea of plastics and derivatives, creating true control groups is difficult.

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Compostable plastic bags carry goods and hopes for the future - Bio-based News - The portal for bio-based economy and industrial biotechnology

Compostable plastic bags carry goods and hopes for the future - Bio-based News - The portal for bio-based economy and industrial biotechnology | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Deutsche Version: http://news.bio-based.eu/kompostierbare-plastiktueten-schaffen-maerkte-und-perspektiven nova-Institute publishes the first comprehensive market study on the consumption of biodegradable and compostable plastic products in Europe: 100,000 tonnes in 2015, market demand could grow to beyond 300,000 tonnes in 2020. Compostable plastic bags dominate the … Continue reading →
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'We're probably drinking plastic'

'We're probably drinking plastic' | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Commonly used in cosmetic products, microscopic beads have been found in Cayuga Lake

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PIRatE Lab's insight:

We appear to be in early phases of the pushback surrounding microplastics.  See also: 

 

http://www.beatthemicrobead.org/en/

 

http://www.npr.org/2014/05/21/313157701/why-those-tiny-microbeads-in-soap-may-pose-problem-for-great-lakes

 

http://ag.ny.gov/pdfs/Microbeads_Report_5_14_14.pdf

 

http://www.plasticsoupfoundation.org/en/2015/01/simply-laundry-possibly-biggest-source-plastic-pollution/

 

And some more general plastic related health effects as suggested by colleagues:

 

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/06/german-beer-contaminated-with-plastic/

 

http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2014/feb/fish-heart-valves-1

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Novel recycling methods: Fluorescent fingerprint of plastics

Novel recycling methods: Fluorescent fingerprint of plastics | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A new process has been developed that will greatly simplify the process of sorting plastics in recycling plants. The method enables automated identification of polymers, facilitating rapid separation of plastics for re-use.
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SF becomes first major city to ban sale of plastic water bottles

SF becomes first major city to ban sale of plastic water bottles | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
San Francisco on Tuesday became the first major city in the U.S. to ban the sale of plastic water bottles on public property, building on...

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