Plastic chemical linked to smaller prefrontal cortex, reduced cognitive ability in rats

Adult rats that had been exposed before birth and during nursing to a mixture of chemicals found in a wide range of consumer products have a smaller medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and perform worse on an attention-switching task than rats not exposed to the chemicals early in life. These findings demonstrate a long-term influence of endocrine-disrupting compounds on brain development.
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Banning plastic straws sounds annoying, but here's why it's a fight cities must win

  1. Banning plastic straws sounds annoying, but here’s why it’s a fight cities must win  Markets Insider
  2. Starbucks plans to stop offering plastic straws by 2020  CBS News
  3. Starbucks to phase out single-use plastic straws for sippy cups, alternatives  ABC News
  4. As The Anti-Plastic-Straw Trend Gains Speed, Starbucks Will Pull Plastic Straws Worldwide  Forbes
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As The Anti-Plastic-Straw Trend Gains Speed, Starbucks Will Pull Plastic Straws Worldwide

  1. As The Anti-Plastic-Straw Trend Gains Speed, Starbucks Will Pull Plastic Straws Worldwide  Forbes
  2. Starbucks to scrap plastic straws globally by 2020  USA TODAY
  3. Starbucks to phase out single-use plastic straws for sippy cups, alternatives  ABC News
  4. I rely on plastic straws and baby wipes. I’m disabled – I have no choice  The Guardian
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Starbucks to stop using plastic straws by 2020

Starbucks to stop using plastic straws by 2020Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, citing the environmental threat to oceans. The company becomes the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls to cut waste globally grow louder . Plastic straws have become a flashpoint. A week after its hometown banned plastic drinking straws and utensils, the Seattle company said Monday that by 2020, it will be using straws made from biodegradable materials like paper and specially designed lids. The company already offers alternative straws in Seattle. Other cities, like Fort Meyers, have banned plastic straws. Similar proposals are being considered in places like New York and San Francisco. Starbucks is banning plastic straws Credit: PA The waste issue is coming up in company boardrooms, though Starbucks is taking the lead among global companies on straws. In February, Dunkin’ Donuts said that it would eliminate polystyrene foam cups from its stores by 2020. McDonald’s shareholders voted down a proposal requesting a report on plastic straws in May. McDonald’s recently said it would switch to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland by next year, and test alternatives to plastic straws in some U.S. locations. The burger chain said this year that it would use only recycled or other environmentally friendly materials for its soda cups, Happy Meal boxes and other packaging by 2025. While plastic drinking straws have become one of the more high-profile issues environmentally, they make up only about 4 percent of the plastic trash by number of pieces, and far less by weight. Straws add up to about 2,000 tons of the nearly 9 million tons of plastic waste that ends up in waters around the globe each year. The strawless lids will begin to appear in Seattle and Vancouver Starbucks this fall, with phased rollouts within the U.S. and Canada to follow next year. A global rollout of the strawless lids will follow, beginning in Europe where the will be used in select stores in France and the Netherlands, as well as in the United Kingdom. 


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Starbucks to phase out plastic straws as opposition to them grows

Starbucks to phase out plastic straws as opposition to them growsBy Alana Wise and Caroline Hroncich NEW YORK (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp said on Monday it will begin phasing out use of plastic straws at its restaurants by 2020, giving environmentalists a sizeable victory in their campaign to convince restaurants to abandon plastic utensils. The Seattle-based chain said it would eliminate single-use plastic straws globally at its 28,000 locations. Its announcement came just days after its hometown of Seattle barred plastic straws and utensils at restaurants, amid a broader global push to discourage the use of plastic straws and other one-time use plastics “For our partners and customers, this is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways,” Starbucks Chief Executive Kevin Johnson said in a statement.


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Starbucks to phase out plastic straws as opposition to them grows

Starbucks to phase out plastic straws as opposition to them growsBy Alana Wise and Caroline Hroncich NEW YORK (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp said on Monday it will begin phasing out use of plastic straws at its restaurants by 2020, giving environmentalists a sizeable victory in their campaign to convince restaurants to abandon plastic utensils. The Seattle-based chain said it would eliminate single-use plastic straws globally at its 28,000 locations. Its announcement came just days after its hometown of Seattle barred plastic straws and utensils at restaurants, amid a broader global push to discourage the use of plastic straws and other one-time use plastics “For our partners and customers, this is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways,” Starbucks Chief Executive Kevin Johnson said in a statement.


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