Elizabeth Gribkoff

Chemical recycling grows  along with concerns of its impacts
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Chemical recycling grows — along with concerns about its environmental impacts

Industry says chemical recycling could solve the plastic waste crisis, but environmental advocates and some lawmakers are skeptical.

St. James Parish, located on a stretch of the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans dubbed “Cancer Alley” due to the high concentration of petrochemical plants, is home to the country’s largest producer of polystyrene — the foam commonly found in soft drink and takeout containers.

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PFAS in food

IN-DEPTH: What we know about PFAS in our food

After a much-publicized study this year found high levels of a toxic chemical class in food wrappings, many of us are eyeing that pizza or to-go salad in a new light.

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PFAS cosmetics

IN-DEPTH: For clean beauty brands, getting PFAS out of makeup might be easier said than done

After a bombshell study came out last summer showing that a number of cosmetics contained PFAS, a class of compounds linked to cancer and reproductive problems, small-scale Oregon beauty company Axiology sent a suite of its products for testing.

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PFAS cosmetics

PFAS cosmetics studies are “springboard” for litigation

Cosmetics companies could face litigation if their products are found to contain PFAS, warn attorneys, as a rash of recent lawsuits hit companies touting themselves as clean but whose products contain evidence of “forever chemicals.”

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PFAS clothes

IN DEPTH: First-of-its kind testing points to dangers and unknowns of PFAS in clothing

If you happened to be strolling by the Adidas outlet store near the company’s German headquarters on a sunny May day in 2014, you would have seen a soccer match of sorts on the concrete outside. But there was something odd about this game.

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PFAS outdoor wear

PFAS widespread in water- and stain-resistant outdoor clothes, home linens

Looking for a new tablecloth or comforter? You might want to take a closer look if it’s stain-resistant because it likely contains toxic “forever chemicals,” according to a new report.

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PFAS in makeup

Green beauty product testing finds more than 60% have PFAS indicators

Green cosmetic makers know their audience. One manufacturer, in addition to the standard lines about how long-lasting and colorful their product is, says that their lip tint is “cruelty-free,” vegan, and made from wholesome ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter.

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north carolina hog waste

Environmental groups petition EPA to rescind factory farms’ “free pass to pollute”

A coalition of environmental and animal rights groups petitioned the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday to abandon a "sweetheart" deal with factory farm owners—and start enforcing air pollution regulations.

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Peter Dykstra: The good news that gets buried by the bad

On the environment beat, maybe it’s right that the bad news dominates. But the good news is out there, too.

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Testing finds concerning chemicals in everything from sports bras to ketchup, including in brands labeled PFAS-free.

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“They never felt more resilient, more confident, more grounded in terms of their mental health, than they did when they were growing food.”

Shell's new petrochemical complex in southwestern Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania becomes the newest sacrifice zone for America’s plastic addiction.