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As per the brand audit conducted this year in October, multi-layered plastics used in food packaging was the most common type of plastic forming 44 per cent of the total plastic waste(HT PHOTO)

Multi-layered plastics form 44% of total plastic waste in city: Swach audit

By Namrata Devikar | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 05:44 PM IST
The audit was a part of a global initiative by Break Free From Plastic to identify producers of plastic waste
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IIT Kharagpur. (Mint file)
IIT Kharagpur. (Mint file)

IIT Kharagpur researchers ‘develop’ cellulose nano-crystals from cucumber peels for food packaging

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari | Kolkata
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 01:27 PM IST
While single-use plastic is being mostly avoided by environmentally conscious consumers, but such type of polymers still remain in circulation as food packaging items.
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A scrap vendor sorts plastic bottles in New Delhi.(File Photo)
A scrap vendor sorts plastic bottles in New Delhi.(File Photo)

Single-use plastic definition in offing/draft ready

By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2019 12:04 AM IST
Globally, plastic pollution has stoked an unmitigated crisis, from choking seas to rivers and landfills.
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An endocrine-disrupting chemical is used in products such as water bottles as well as containers to store food and beverages.(Shutterstock)
An endocrine-disrupting chemical is used in products such as water bottles as well as containers to store food and beverages.(Shutterstock)

Takeaway meals are putting you at risk of bowel disease

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2018 12:19 PM IST
Eating canned foods that are packaged in plastic containers can increase your chances of developing inflammatory bowel disease, says a new study.
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If a pathogen is present in the food or drink inside the package, it would trigger a signal in the packaging that could be read by a smartphone or other simple device.(Shutterstock)
If a pathogen is present in the food or drink inside the package, it would trigger a signal in the packaging that could be read by a smartphone or other simple device.(Shutterstock)

Novel patch is able to detect food contamination in real time

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, Toronto
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2018 02:19 PM IST
The patch can be incorporated directly into food packaging, and signal E coli and Salmonella contamination as it happens.
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Researchers investigating levels of phthalates in the human body, which have been linked to asthma, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes and fertility issues in the past few years, were found to be nearly 35% higher in participants who had eaten out the previous day compared with those who stayed at home. (Shutterstock)
Researchers investigating levels of phthalates in the human body, which have been linked to asthma, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes and fertility issues in the past few years, were found to be nearly 35% higher in participants who had eaten out the previous day compared with those who stayed at home. (Shutterstock)

Study links restaurant meals with higher levels of plastic-based chemicals in body

By Asian News International | Asian News International, Washington DC
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2018 09:42 AM IST
A new study will scare you into cooking your own meals. It says that people who dine out more often, be it in posh restaurants or fast food joints, may be exposed to greater concentrations of hormone-altering chemicals, called phthalates, in their bodies.
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