Environmentalists fear colorful "Loom" bands

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There has been a craze of plastic bracelets called Rainbow Looms for months. These have been one of the bestselling toys where kids can make all different kinds of bracelets from an assortment of small plastic bands.

But now, there is a petition on "Force Change" to ban them.  Some claim the bracelets are a "eco ticking time bomb" because they cannot be recycled.

According to an article in the Daily Mail - a surge in demand for Rainbow Looms has led to the development of new rubber plantations in East Asia. It's believed the bracelets are contributing to air and water pollution.

Deffenbaugh Industries is one of the largest recycling waste recycling companies in the area. They told the Now KC Monday, they do not accept the bracelets.

Over in the United Kingdom, one of their biggest recycling experts said the bracelets are a growing problem.

But Bridging the Gap, Kansas City's leading environmental agency said people need to focus on the things that can be recycled.

Courtesy of MARC - the Mid-America Regional Council - there is a list of all kinds of plastics that can't be recycled.

Those include:

  • Styrofoam take-out cartons
  • prescription bottles
  • potato chip bags
  • PVC pipe.

There are several things that need to be properly disposed of as well. They are:

  • Paint
  • Motor oil
  • Aerosol cans
  • Pesticides


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