What to Give Up for Lent? Smoking? Cursing? How About Plastic?
Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals
LONDON — For Lent, many Christians give up indulgences like tobacco, alcohol or sweets, or transgressions like lying and swearing. And for Anglicans, don’t forget synthetic fabrics, wet wipes, and those little boxes that hold dental floss.
The Church of England has asked people to add a new culprit to the list of ills they forsake for the six weeks of penance that begin on Ash Wednesday: plastics. Specifically, the church wants people to avoid the plastic consumer products and packaging that have become a major environmental problem, polluting oceans and rivers, fouling beaches, killing wildlife and clogging landfills.
By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
94% of U.S. tap water contaminated by plastic fibers — including from the faucets at Trump Tower
Exclusive: Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted
Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health.
By The Guardian
Microplastic Contamination Is Found in Most Bottled Water, a New Study Says
Virtually all the world's tap water is contaminated by microscopic plastic fibers, a new study claims.
Trump Tower, we have a plastics problem. Researchers who tested tap water from around the world found that more than 80% of the samples contained microscopic-sized plastic fibers — including from President Trump’s New York City home, they said.
By Matthew Diebel
WHO launches health review after microplastics found in 90% of bottled water
Drinking from a plastic water bottle likely means ingesting microplastic particles.
A study carried out on more than 250 water bottles sourced from 11 brands in nine different countries revealed that Microplastic contamination was nearly universal, found in more than 90% of the samples.
By Laignee Barron
Eastern Kentucky’s Struggle With Water Symbolizes America’s Crumbling Infrastructure
Researchers find levels of plastic fibres in popular bottled water brands could be twice as high as those found in tap water.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water after a new analysis of some of the world’s most popular bottled water brands found that more than 90% contained tiny pieces of plastic. A previous study also found high levels of microplastics in tap water.
By The Guardian
Ocean Plastic Pollution Isn’t Just Immoral, It’s Illegal
But local communities are starting to take back control.
On a frigid day in mid-January, Pam Brashear woke up in her home on a hill above a creek in Viper, Kentucky, and tried to turn on the faucet. Nothing came out. She sighed. It wasn’t anything new — this happens every year around this time.
By Lyndsey Gilpin
Meet 4 Zero-Waste Pioneers Helping Shoppers Ditch Plastic
Campaigner can use the moral force of international law to drastically reduce pollution to oceans.
The pollution of oceans with plastic litter, discarded nylon fishing nets and eco-toxic microbeads is well known as one of the great scourges of the modern age ― not just entangling and choking endangered, charismatic species like sea turtles, dolphins and even great whales, but attracting long-lived organic pollutants that end up permeating the entire marine food chain, right up to the fish on our plates.
By Oliver Tickell
Dell, Lonely Whale Launch Collaborative to Eliminate Marine Plastic Pollution
“This is a movement here to stay.”
Shoppers in the Netherlands can now take low-impact living a step further after Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza launched the world’s first plastic-free aisle in one of its Amsterdam stores on Wednesday.
By Tess Riley
EPA's Scott Pruitt declares 'war on lead,' three years after Flint water crisis began
An estimated 150 million metric tons of plastic waste are in the ocean today.
Earlier this year, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation warned that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans if a more effective system for global plastics is not put into place.
By Sustainable Brands
The glass bottle that aims to make drinking water beautiful.
Beginning an effort to “eradicate” lead poisoning from drinking water.
Pruitt hosted a meeting Jan. 8 for state and local officials at agency headquarters in Washington to obtain feedback on ways to update the 1991 Lead and Copper Rule, a federal mandate that dictates how communities test for lead in drinking water. It has not been revised in more than a decade.
By Josh Siegel
The Ocean Is Filling Up With ‘Plastic Smog’
Can drinking water be beautiful?
Bkr, a San Francisco-based company, thinks so. The company specializes in luxury glass water bottles that aim to make the experience more enjoyable.
By Ahiza Garcia
And humans are entirely to blame.
Every year, billions of pounds of plastic waste ― grocery bags, drinking straws, even cigarette butts ― pour into our oceans. Used by humanity for a few minutes at most, these single-use plastics likely will likely stick around for decades, or longer.
By Nick Visser