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Biodegradable bags can hold a full load of shopping after 3 years in the environment

30-Apr-2019

Biodegradable and compostable plastic bags are still capable of carrying full loads of shopping after being exposed in the natural environment for three years, a new study shows. Researchers from the University of Plymouth examined the degradation of five plastic bag materials widely available ...

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Recycled electrical products lead to hazardous chemicals appearing in everyday items

31-May-2018

Hazardous chemicals such as bromine, antimony and lead are finding their way into food-contact items and other everyday products because manufacturers are using recycled electrical equipment as a source of black plastic, according to a new study. The substances are among those applied to devices, ...

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Drinking glasses can contain potentially harmful levels of lead and cadmium

07-Nov-2017

Enamelled drinking glasses and popular merchandise can contain potentially toxic levels of lead and cadmium, a study has shown. Researchers at the University of Plymouth carried out 197 tests on 72 new and second-hand drinking glass products, including tumblers, beer and wine glasses, and ...

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Electricity can flow through graphene at high frequencies without energy loss

09-Mar-2016

Electrical signals transmitted at high frequencies lose none of their energy when passed through the 'wonder material' graphene, a study led by Plymouth University has shown. Discovered in 2004, graphene - which measures just an atom in thickness and is around 100 times stronger than steel - has ...

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Playground paints should be monitored to reduce potential danger to public health

26-Jan-2016

Playground equipment should be monitored more regularly to ensure toxic metals contained within paints do not present a danger to public and child health, a study recommends. Environmental scientists from Plymouth University analysed the metallic content of paints on equipment at almost 50 ...

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Research demonstrates millions of plastic particles exist in cosmetic products

28-Aug-2015

Everyday cosmetic and cleaning products contain huge quantities of plastic particles, which are released to the environment and could be harmful to marine life, according to a new study. Research at Plymouth University has shown almost 100,000 tiny 'microbeads' - each a fraction of a millimetre ...

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