ARTICLES RELATING TO PLASTICS

WATCH: Microplastics causes immune cells to die at a faster rate

2019-11-08 19:28

New research from the University Medical Center Utrecht has found that immune cells that target microplastics die three times faster than cells that aren't exposed to microplastics.

Bowler Metcalf results tempered by plastics strike

2019-09-12 10:48

The cost of load-shedding, increases in material prices and a weaker order book also hurt its bottom line.

Soccer stars Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini are saving the planet

2018-11-19 20:30

Their stance on saving the planet is something we can get behind.

Here's how much plastic every South African uses - and the number is shocking

2018-10-04 12:11

A lot of our disposable items are plastic – and these are often thrown away almost immediately after use, ultimately ending up in the ocean.

Your fast-food packaging may be toxic

2017-02-03 10:45

Boxes and grease-resistant wrappers are very convenient when you're eating on the go, but a new study concluded that these materials might be bad for your health.

Plastic chemicals linked to earlier menopause

2015-02-02 13:01

Women whose bodies contained high levels of some chemicals found in plastics and cosmetics, experience menopause 2-4 years earlier than women with lower amounts in their systems.

Plan to revitalise small business dept

2014-11-21 12:55

The portfolio committee on small business development has vowed to exercise stringent oversight over the department of small business development.

Solvents in working place may affect memory

2014-05-13 15:39

Retirees who have been highly exposed to solvents and benzene during their working lives tend to perform worse or be slower on certain cognitive tasks than unexposed people.

Plastic not fantastic

2009-05-28 12:11

Could that brightly-coloured teething ring be toxic?

 

Offices in Israel are displaying photos of Greta Thunberg's disapproving stare to guilt people into ditching disposable plastics

2019-11-08 11:47

Thinking about reaching for a disposable cup or plastic utensil? Greta Thunberg might make you reconsider.

A massive ocean cleanup device is running into problems in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

2018-12-07 13:15

The Ocean Cleanup, which is trying to remove plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, ran into problems in its first month of deployment.

Win for Numsa at Labour Court over plastics strike

2018-10-19 20:17

The Labour Court ruled on Friday that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa's) strike in the plastics sector was legal and that the employers in the sector could not undercut the union and its members’ right to strike.

Global recycling industry in crisis as China bans waste imports

2018-06-05 12:17

China stopped absorbing rubbish from developed economies this year, disrupting the $200bn global recycling industry. Countries like the US and Germany are scrambling for solutions as scrap piles up.

Baby's teething toys may contain endocrine disruptors

2015-05-29 11:28

In lab tests on plastic teething toys, researchers found chemicals known as endocrine disruptors – believed to interfere with the production of the reproductive hormones oestrogen and androgen.

Astrapak disposes of certain divisions

2014-12-04 13:50

Astrapak has concluded an agreement with Boxmore Plastics SA in terms of which Astrapak will dispose of and Boxmore will acquire certain operating entities.

Chemicals in plastics may lower male sex hormones

2014-08-15 12:48

Common chemicals found in plastics and personal care products may disrupt sexual development, experts say.

Fracking disrupts our hormones

2013-12-17 11:35

A new study shows that the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, can disrupt the body's reproductive hormones, causing infertility, cancer and birth defects.

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