Using ‘recycled plastic’ in construction materials may not be a great idea after all – Grist Magazine

Asphalt (by katsuuu 44 CC BY-ND 2.0 via Flickr).

Last month, the American Chemistry Council, a petrochemical industry trade group, sent out a newsletter highlighting a major new report on what it presented as a promising solution to the plastic pollution crisis: using “recycled” plastic in construction materials. At first blush, it might seem like a pretty good idea — shred discarded plastic into tiny pieces and you can reprocess it into everything from roads and bridges to railroad ties…

Plastic bottles harm human health at every stage of their life cycle – the Grist

The German 2012 Coca-Cola line-up (by Like the Grand Canyon CC BY-NC 2.0 via Flickr).

A new report says beverage companies like Coca-Cola must be “held accountable for the supply chain impacts of their plastics.”

In 1973, a DuPont engineer named Nathaniel Wyeth patented the PET plastic bottle — an innovative and durable alternative to glass. Since then, production has skyrocketed to more than half a trillion bottles per year, driven by beverage companies like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé…