Consumer Reports June 2020: Are We Eating Plastic?

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Since the development of synthetic plastic in the early 1900s, more then 10 billion tons have been produced. Plastic is often used in food packaging. But it it safe for human health? Through eating and drinking, it’s possible that humans ingest as much as 5 grams of plastic per week. “Think You Don’t Eat Plastic?” discusses the chemicals in plastic and health concerns. A timeline of “Plastic Through the Ages”is also included.

June 2020 cover of consumer reports magazine with red pepper covered with plastic wrapThis month’s issue has several articles related to COVID-19:

  • Can the coronavirus live on your groceries?
  • “Protect Yourself and Others from Coronavirus”
  • “Cleaning Products That Destroy Coronavirus”
  • “Paying for Healthcare in the Age of Coronavirus”
  • How to keep the coronavirus out of your car

Are you paying too much for cable TV, phones, streaming services, computers? “Save Hundreds on Cable Bills” has tips from tech pros on how to save money on these services. Overviews of 14 no-cost streaming services, with the requirements for accessing each service, is also included.

Other topics in this issue include:

  • E-bikes
  • Bike Helmet Safety
  • Ratings for string trimmers–gas, electric, and battery
  • “What Your Car ‘Sees'” (sensors and cameras in new cars scan the road for information)
  • Ratings for 2-Row and 3-Row SUVs

Consumer Reports magazine is available in print and online to Fauquier County Library card holders, providing access to articles, reviews and ratings on over 8,000 products and services.  The library has copies of Consumer Reports dating back to 2016.

To access Consumer Reports online free from the library’s website, click on the research tab and browse the alphabetical listing of databases for Consumer Reports Online.

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