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Post: #1   PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:26 am Reply with quote
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Post: #2   PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:12 am Reply with quote
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Exactly yesterday evening, I sent the following email to a Cypriot frozen food producer

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We have regularly bought your frozen canneloni in aluminium trays. Today, I was disappointed to find you have changed the packaging to one-off-usage black plastic.

Aluminium is recycled within the 'Cans for Kids' scheme at the Makarios III Children's Hospital. Your black plastic is not recyclable and Cyprus has no real means of safely disposing of it; it will slowly break down over many years and small particles of it will enter into nature. Sooner or later, it will cause harm in some form or another.

You may not care whether we eat your produce or not, as a 2-member household, but you have just lost one customer (unless you revert to aluminium).

Regards,


If they reply, I'll update here.

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Post: #3   PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:57 am Reply with quote
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Devil: We use Brita filtered tap water. Perhaps you know whether this is effective in filtering out plastic. Oh, oh, the cartridges are plastic!
I like your protest message, Devil. Perhaps you should mention that you are posting this also on "the internet", so it's not only you two who will avoid this outlet in future Cool

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Post: #4   PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:52 am Reply with quote
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PatCon wrote:
Devil: We use Brita filtered tap water. Perhaps you know whether this is effective in filtering out plastic. Oh, oh, the cartridges are plastic!
I like your protest message, Devil. Perhaps you should mention that you are posting this also on "the internet", so it's not only you two who will avoid this outlet in future Cool


In a former life, I manufactured instruments to measure ionic contamination on electronics assemblies, using an ultra-pure mix of water/alcohol. Although the mix was ultra-filtered, I knew that there were microscopic non-ionic particles of the order of 1 Ám in the liquid. I would say that it is almost impossible to have particle-free water (or air) without extremely expensive and sophisticated treatment.

I don't know Brita equipment, but most household filtration is probably with activated coconut charcoal to remove gases like chlorine but leaving chemicals like lime in the water. I doubt whether there is much fine particle filtration. (My speculation)

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Post: #5   PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:07 am Reply with quote
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I believe Brita filters remove some chemicals but not micro plastics, or indeed bacteria. They primarily make water taste better, rather than purify it.

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Thanks, Devil (and Mr Tibbs). It is what I sadly expected. Re your former life Devil, I do occasional work for a German company (Dr. Escherich) who makes ionisers for removing electrically adhering contamination arising in the manufacture of plastic components.

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On the same subject .plastic kettles are not good for boiling water for your tea ,you can smell the plastic the same smell when you go into jumbo s store not good
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Durban SA harbour after recent flooding. Soil and huge amounts of plastic waste:

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