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Some tea bags leach billions of microplastics: study

MONTREAL—A McGill University professor says tea lovers may be swallowing billions of tiny plastic particles along with their favourite brew.

Nathalie Tufenkji published a study last week in the U.S. journal Environmental Science & Technology that examined the amount of microplastics and nanoplastics released when four unnamed brands of tea bags were steeped in hot water.

Greek fashion firms revitalize silk

SOUFLI, Greece—At Kostas Mouhtaridis' silk factory in Soufli, the non-stop “clunk-click” of the weaving machinery is a loud but welcome sound.

The factory is a few hundred meters from the Evros River, which forms Greece's natural border with Turkey. It is one of Europe's most heavily militarized areas, patrolled constantly to deter illegal immigration into the European Union.

Got a haul of apples for fall? Here's what to do with them

NEW YORK—It's that time of year again, when fresh apples are piled high at farmers' markets.

If you are lucky enough to live near an orchard, you can take the day and pick your own bushel of apples.

But whether you are picking them at the market or off a tree, there are many great things to do with apples that don't include making a pie.

Researchers calling for calorie labelling on alcohol

VICTORIA—A study suggests the average Canadian drinker receives more than one-tenth of their daily recommended calories from alcoholic beverages, but you wouldn't know it from looking at the label.

Researchers at University of Victoria looked at Statistics Canada data on alcohol sales and consumption between 2015-2016 to calculate how many calories Canadians consume from booze.