Building Evolution – A Look at Materials, Part 2: Issues and Alternatives

Building Evolution – A Look at Materials, Part 2: Issues and Alternatives In our previous post, we discussed the risks associated with increased use of plastics for ‎construction and interior furnishings. The adjacent diagram shows where plastic materials ‎commonly appear in low-rise and multi-story commercial ‎and multi-unit residential structures.‎ (Click the image to view at full … more

Plastic Waste

Building Evolution – A Look at Materials, Part 1: Risk‎

Building Evolution – A Look at Materials, Part 1: Risk‎ Over the past several decades, the materials used to construct and build commercial and multi-unit residential structures have changed significantly. In particular, the construction and interior furnishings industries increasingly use plastics instead of natural materials such as wood, metal, glass and natural fibers. A recent … more

Plastic Waste

Top Piping Safety Researcher Urges Awareness & Action on Post-Wildfire Water Contamination

Top Piping Safety Researcher Urges Awareness & Action on Post-Wildfire Water Contamination When wildfires rage through areas with plastic water infrastructure, populations lose access to clean drinking water due to toxic contaminants that leach from the melted pipes. In recent years, wildfires such as the Tubbs Fire (2017) in Santa Rosa and the Camp Fire … more

Leaching

Humans & Plastic – the Facts & Impacts​

The global microplastics crisis continues as tiny plastic particles invade even the most remote areas. Studies now find contamination also extends inside human bodies. Microplastics may pass through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream, affecting vital organs and altering immune function. Chemicals leaching from plastic pipes, bottles, and microplastics further impact health. … more

Microplastics
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