Episode 33 – Plastic Bottle Vanilla and CVS Receipts

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File this episode under things you never thought about but that will now haunt you… sorry!

This week we’re talking about the darker side of two things you’ve probably encountered this week: vanilla flavoring and customer receipts.

Elise takes us through the unlikely ways that vanilla flavoring is being made, including petroleum-based artificial flavors that are already likely in your cupboard.

Then Olivia tells the story of the CVS receipt meme and how consumer demand and environmental activism have gotten major retailers to skip the slip. Plus, how not to act at your first post-lockdown comedy show.

Story #1: Vanilla Flavoring and Plastic Bottles (Elise)
Vanilla orchid being hand pollinated. Wild! Via Shuttershock/Mashed.

Scientists convert used plastic bottles into vanilla flavouring, The Guardian, June 2021
The Flavor Rundown: Natural vs. Artificial Flavors, Harvard Blog, Sept 2015
Molecule of the Week Archive : Vanillin, American Chemical Society, Sept 2016
The problem with vanilla, Chemical Engineering News, Sept 2016
A Brief History of Making and Faking Flavor, Eater
The Absurd History of Artificial Flavors, First We Feast, June 2015
The Untold Truth About Vanilla Flavor, Mashed, Feb 2021
In Search of the Best Vanilla, Cook’s Illustrated, Dec 2018
Vanillin, Wikipedia

Vanillin chart via Chemical Engineering News
via Smithsonian Magazine
Story #2: BPA and CVS Receipts (Olivia)

Assembly Committee Passes Kennedy, Vainieri Huttle & Karabinchak Measure Removing Potentially Harmful BPA from Receipt Paper, June 16 2021, Insider NJ
Lidl introduces a new environmentally friendly receipt, made from an innovative thermal paper, March 3 2021, Business Review
Retailers taking action on toxics: Target & CVS make progress, Walmart slides backward, October 6 2020, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
CVS CEO has a fix for those mile-long receipts — here’s how it works, December 5 2018, CNBC (the video in this with the CEO made me uncomfy)
The long, long history of long, long CVS receipts, October 10 2018, Vox
Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Recycle Your Giant CVS Receipts, April 2 2021, Mental Floss
CVS Moves to Digital, Non-Toxic Sales Receipts, October 21 2020, Packaging Strategies
World’s oldest writing not poetry but a shopping receipt, April 13 2011, The National News UAE
Endocrine Disruptors, National Institute of Environmental Health
The Surprising Impact of Paper Receipts, November 1 2020, Treehugger
BPA Is Everywhere. Is It Safe?, December 15 2015, Lifehacker
Success!: CVS Responds to Consumers and Takes Significant Steps to “Skip the Slip,” Move to Digital, Non-toxic Receipts, October 20 2020, Green America
Skip the Slip Report: Environmental Costs & Human Health Risks of Paper Receipts, Green America

Skip the Slip receipt scorecard by Green America
The Dump

Mae Martin’s Netflix show Feel Good and their Comedians Around the World’s half hour

Trace Material, exploring the social history of plastic

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Ep. 46 – Free Leonard Peltier and People vs. Fossil Fuels World Is Burning

In the 1960s and 70s, rising leader of the American Indian Movement Leonard Peltier was known for providing mutual aid from his auto shop and advocating for Native civil rights. After a controversial trial concerning the deaths of two FBI agents, Peltier was sent to jail to serve two life sentences. Despite cries for clemency from the likes of Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela, Peltier has spent over half his life in jail. This week, Elise tells his story. Then, Olivia talks about her time down at the People vs. Fossil Fuels action in Washington DC. She witnessed the first occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs since the Trail of Broken Treaties in 1972 (which Peltier participated in). The demands of both occupations are eerily similar. Plus, we talk about how to get involved in current urgent actions, which climate activist is a fan of Rick-rolling, and Elise's vote for best environmental film. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. World Is Burning is hosted by Olivia Hamilton and Elise Nye. Our theme music is by Kaycie Satterfield, and our logo was made by Sonja Katanic. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/worldisburning/message
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