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Some microplastic for dinner? (You’ve already had some today)

As weird as that sounds, it seems that we are consuming, and breathing, measurable amounts of microplastic daily. Plastic is not natural and is never absorbed into the environment. It merely breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, until they’re »

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Microplastics: everywhere now, even probably in you.

In recent years the issue of plastic pollution and microplastics has become widely known. There is the well-known Pacific gyre, a vast area of plastic waste, and microplastics have even been found in almost every ocean and lake around the »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics, Society

Canada proposes international plastics reform

Canada will host the upcoming G7 meeting in Quebec City this June.  One of the things expected to be proposed by Canada during the gathering is a “plastics charter” The European Union already has a plan to require that at »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Microplastic invasion in Arctic

Many have heard of the great Pacific garbage patch, a slowly swirling gyre of thousands of tons of plastic. But that plastic is not just in this garbage patch, it’s in every major lake and ocean, and now even in »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics, Society

Concern about microplastics in North America’s Great Lakes.

The International Joint Commission (IJC) which monitors water conditions in the Great Lakes of North America, has been studying the increasing concern over microplastics in the system. The IJC has just released IJC) released a report to the governments of »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Health, International, Politics, Society

It’s official, Canada bans microbeads

A notice in the official Canada Gazette of November 5, 2016 indicated a ban on plastic microbeads would come into effect starting on January 1, 2018. The Canada Gazette is the official newspaper of record of the federal government which »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Health, International

Major Canadian retailer to remove toxic chemicals

With increasing awareness of harmful agents in otherwise seemingly banal products, a major retailer in Canada is taking some action. Loblaws, a major food and household products retailer, and its associated chain Shopper’s Drug Mart selling pharmaceuticals, health and household »