Scientists warn that disposable coffee cups from their favorite coffee shops could take as long as 30 years to break down…increasing the burden for waste disposal. According to Lisa O’Carroll of The Guardian, campaigners are calling for an increase of tax for the U.K.’s nearly 5 billion paper and plastic take-away cups they produce a year. While many believe these cups can be recycled, they are wrong. While most people in the U.K. toss the cups in the green paper recycling bins, the recycling facilities cannot remove the plastic lining which coffee cups must have to insulate the coffee; therefore, the cups are wasted. Chris Cheeseman, a professor of materials resources engineering at Imperial College London, says “the polyethylene is resistant to degradation and could take around 30 years to break down. Even then we don’t know for sure, because nobody has looked at the cup specifically,” added Cheeseman. The market is ripe for a truly biodegradable or recyclable option. Efforts are being taken by major coffee companies to trial eco-friendly cups as well as to provide incentives for customers to return their used cups for a rebate.
SRA 2017:Risk Analysis- The Profession, The Practitioners, The Research
Location: Arlington, VA
Date: December 10-14, 2017
Plan to attend the SRA Annual Meeting for the premier opportunity to discuss all avenues of risk analysis with other risk enthusiasts from around the globe. Attendees are scientists and practitioners, trained in multiple disciplines and employed across a variety of organizations, who gather annually to share their diverse perspectives. Vireo’s Jo Anne Shatkin and James Ede are presenting Symposia on DOD Approaches to Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials, and Commercializing Nanoscale Materials: Occupational Safety and Health through Risk Assessment and Risk Management.
For questions regarding the Emerging Nanoscale Materials Specialty Group at SRA, please contact Vireo Advisor's James Ede, Interim Chair of the ENMSG at email@example.com.
SRA World Congress 2019
Meeting Date: May 6-8, 2019
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Save the date! The Society for Risk Analysis Fifth World Congress on Risk at Cape Town International Convention Centre. The theme of this event will be: "Development and Resilience". More information to come.
255th ACS National Meeting
Location: New Orleans, LA
Meeting Date: March 18-22, 2018
Theme: Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water
Register today to attend the 255th ACS National Meeting and join other chemistry professionals to share ideas and network!
Call for papers deadline: October 2017! Click here to submit an abstract.
CAMX 2017: The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo
Location: Orange County, Florida.
Date: December 12-14, 2017
CAMX 2017 was postponed due to hurricane Irma and has been rescheduled for December 12-14, 2017 in Orange County, Florida.
Discover exciting new industry developments, Grow business opportunities, Develop industry skills and connections, & Recognize potential impact on the industry!
2018 Tappi International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Date: June 11 - 14, 2018
Click here to view the call for abstracts.
Mark your calendars for Tappi Nano 2018! The Call for Presentations will be announced soon. You can sign up to receive event updates here.
This convention will be held in conjunction with the Forest Product Society's 72nd International Convention.
Forest Product Society's 72nd International Convention
Date: June 12-15, 2018
Location: Madison, WI
Save the date for Forest Product Society's 72nd International Convention! This convention will be held in conjunction with the 2018 TAPPI Nanotechnology Conference.
Registration is not yet open, more information coming soon on the FPS website.