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Opening plastic packaging generates microplastics, study says

Opening plastic packaging generates microplastics, study says

Science
March 20 (UPI) -- Simply opening a plastic package can introduce microplastics into the atmosphere and be ingested or inhaled, a new study indicates. Chinese scientists, funded by the Australian environmental research company CRC CARE, studied the travel of microplastics -- plastic pieces less than 0.2 millimeters in length -- after plastic bags of food and plastic drink bottles are opened, as well as plastic sealing tape after a package is opened. The researchers found that fragments of 10 to 30 nanograms, or 0.0001 to 0.00003 milligrams, of plastic remain in the atmosphere through cutting or twisting larger pieces of plastic, according to the study, published this week in the journal Scientific Reports. While microplastics are normally associated with pollution in the form of bulk wast...
Tetra Pak Swedish packaging billionaire dies

Tetra Pak Swedish packaging billionaire dies

Business
The man who helped build Tetra Pak into one of the world's biggest food packaging companies has died at the age of 93.Hans Rausing was a billionaire Swedish industrialist and the son of Tetra Laval founder Ruben Rausing. Tetra Laval consists of three industry groups - Tetra Pak, Sidel and Delaval - and it was Tetra Pak that Hans and his brother Gad inherited in 1983 after the death of their father.Hans sold his stake to Gad in 1995 for around $ 7bn (£5.7bn) and in 2011 he was placed at number 83 in the Forbes world fortune list, with an estimated value of $ 10bn (£8.2bn).As of August this year, his worth was estimated by Forbes at $ 12bn (£9.8bn). Advertisement Image: ...
Recycled packaging 'may end up in landfill', warns watchdog

Recycled packaging 'may end up in landfill', warns watchdog

Science
You try to be virtuous, wiping the curdling yoghurt off a plastic pot, then putting it in the recycling bin. Perhaps you envisage the pot eventually re-incarnated as a frisbee or maybe even a plastic bench.But don’t rest easy. Your pot might get burned or buried in landfill, and you’d never know.The National Audit Office (NAO) says over half of the packaging reported as recycled is actually being sent abroad to be processed. As a result, it says, the government has little idea of whether the recyclables are getting turned into new products, buried in landfill or burned. While an illusion of success has been created by the UK’s system for recycling packaging, the NAO says, the reality may be quite different.Its r...