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 the increased use of plastics in the ‎construction and interior furnishings industries. The diagram to the right illustrates where plastic materials ‎currently appear in low-rise and multi-story commercial ‎and multi-unit residential structures.‎ Click on … more

Plastic Waste

The Issues and Impacts Associated with China’s Plastic Ban

The U.S., and other Western countries, as a result has lost the ability to depend on China has lost the ability to depend on China in terms of waste management – thus sending the global recycling industry into chaos. Visual Capitalist notes that while outsourcing waste to China was never a sustainable solution, the U.S. has now unexpectedly taken on the environmental and economic burdens that come with it… more

Microplastics

Humans Consume 39,000-52,000 Microplastics a Year

Humans Consume 39,000-52,000 Microplastics a Year Health Effects May Include Reproductive and Digestive Issues The rising concern around microplastics’ effect on water quality and human health has accelerated after a new study estimated humans consume 39,000 – 52,000 microplastics a year. According to the study, individuals that consume the recommended amount of tap water could … more

Microplastics

Plumbing and Firefighting Associations Call for Plastic Piping Ban

Plumbing and Firefighting Associations Call for Plastic Piping Ban The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the United Association of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and HVAC Service Techs (UA) recently called for a ban on plastic piping in hospitals, nursing facilities, high rise residential structures, and healthcare facilities. Using materials other than plastic will reduce … more

Fire Safety, Leaching
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