A recent survey of randomly selected users of disposable contact lenses found that more than 20% of people flush their contact lenses down the toilet or washed them down the sink instead of placing them in the garbage. Contact lenses are flexible and often fold up and pass through filters in waste-water treatment plants. The contacts absorb chemicals in the water, pass through to surface water, and can be ingested by wildlife. The survey suggests disposable contact lenses which are usually made up of a combination of poly(methylmethacrylate), silicones and fluoropolymers are likely a significant source of plastic pollution in waterways. Researchers suggest that companies add recommendations on contact lens packaging stating that the contacts should be placed in the garbage and not flushed or washed down the sink.
World Bio Markets
Meeting Date: April 1-3, 2019
Join Jo Anne Shatkin at the 14th annual World Bio Markets Conference where she will moderate sessions on “Reducing & Reusing Waste Streams” and “Product Biodegradability & Recycling”.
Register to attend today!
SRA World Congress 2019
Meeting Date: May 6-8, 2019
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Save the date for The Society for Risk Analysis Fifth World Congress on Risk at Cape Town International Convention Centre. The theme of this three day event will be: "Development and Resilience" and will feature scientific workshops and presentations, hosted by the world's leading authority on risk and risk analysis.
Register today! Early bird registration ends April 2, 2019.
2019 International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials
Meeting Date: June 3-7, 2019
Location: Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex | Chiba, Japan
Vireo Advisors is pleased to host a workshop entitled "Cellulose Nanomaterial Safety, Building a Bridge from Theory to Practice"
at the 2019 International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials. The workshop will focus on the occupational and environmental safety demonstration for cellulose nanomaterials, with special consideration of nanoscale properties of the materials. Concepts will be explored with case studies to present current knowledge, theory, and state-of-the-art practices for meeting regulatory requirements, and safety demonstration.
For more information, please contact Jo Anne Shatkin: JAShatkin@vireoadvisors.com .