Category Archives: Pharmaceuticals & Personal Care Products (PPCPs)

Take a Good Look at the Bad Old Days, and How Science Saved the Future

The 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) gathered together many of the original leaders of the effort to get a handle on hazardous pollution in the environment.   It was a valuable window into the spirit … Continue reading

ISTC hosts Events on Environmental Effects of Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products

As P2 Week kicks off this week, we are reminded of the important legislation of the past that has helped achieve cleaner waters in the U.S.; however, there is still work to be done. The Clean Water Act was passed in 1972 in … Continue reading

Reminder: ISTC @ Urbana’s Market at the Square Sept. 12

ISTC will be at Urbana’s Market at the Square in the community groups section discussing proper medicine disposal and our research on pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in the environment on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Check out our recent … Continue reading

ISTC @ iSEE Water Congress Sept. 14-16, 2015

ISTC will participate next week in the U of I’s Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) second annual international conference titled  “Water Planet, Water Crises? Meeting the World’s Water-Food-Energy Needs Sustainably”.  The iSEE Water Congress is set for Sept. … Continue reading

PPCPs and the Environment

Have you ever wondered what happens to your medicine, face cream, or shampoo after you use them? The human body absorbs some of these pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), but not all. What goes unused after we use the … Continue reading

Could meat production cause pharmaceutical and hormone pollution in lakes and streams?

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy eating a big juicy steak as much as the next person. But you’ve got to wonder: How was this animal raised? Where does its waste go as it is creating that delicious steak? What … Continue reading

Now’s The Time to Recycle Ag-Chemical Containers

The state Agriculture Department is accepting empty agrichemical containers for recycling this month.   Each weekday through Aug. 28, you can drop off empty pesticide containers at daily locations around the state. This Friday, Aug. 14, the collection site will … Continue reading

World Water Day (or rather Water Month!)

As population increases, the demand for clean, fresh water will also rise, making existing supplies a very precious resource in Illinois and other parts of the US. Groundwater supplies are being depleted and rivers and lakes cannot keep up with … Continue reading

No Need to Don a Gas Mask for Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is a happy tradition of opening every window and scrubbing the home down before bugs have opened their compound eyes.   You have a choice in the compounds you use for spring cleaning. Expensive commercial cleaning products allow … Continue reading

Tiny Plastic Pollutants Banned in Illinois

Why did Illinois pull the plug on the use of plastic microbeads as exfoliants? ISTC’s B.K. Sharma and Nancy Holm offer insights on the trouble with microbeads in the “A Minute With…” feature on the U of I website. ISTC has … Continue reading