Eliminate toxic BPA in baby products

Eliminate toxic BPA in baby products Published September 21, 2010 -

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a widely used toxic chemical that acts in our bodies like the hormone estrogen. Hundreds of independent studies have linked BPA to a range of health problems, including increased susceptibility to breast and prostate cancer, early puberty and abnormalities in brain development and fat metabolism. More than 90 percent of people in the United States carry BPA residues in their bodies, and BPA has been found in urine, breast milk, amniotic fluid, umbilical cord blood and other body fluids. Humans break down and excrete BPA within a few days, so the fact that the chemical is consistently measured in our bodies means that we are constantly being exposed. For most people, the biggest source of exposure is presumed to be contaminated food, as BPA has been detected in infant formula, canned food and beverages.

BPA was approved as a food additive by the Food and Drug Administration in the 1950s. During the Bush administration the FDA concluded that BPA exposure levels were “safe,” but the finding relied solely on two studies funded by the chemical industry, and was sharply criticized by the FDA’s own scientific board of advisors for being inconsistent with the available evidence. Today BPA remains unregulated. In the coming days the Senate is set to consider the Food Safety Modernization Act, which would address many of the threats to our food supply, including E coli. and salmonella contamination. But the bill currently does not include any provision to address contamination of our food supply with BPA. Senator Feinstein (D-CA) wants to offer an amendment that would at least eliminate the use of BPA in infant formula, baby food packaging, baby bottles and sippy cups. The chemical industry, however, is trying to prevent the food safety bills from coming to a vote. What to do
?  Send a message by voting with your dollars, purchase only sustainable and organic items that are obviously not plastic or toxic. By raising awareness and voting with our purchases we can eliminate the use of BPA in infant formula, baby food packaging, baby bottles and yes sippy cups.

 

Organic Eggs vs Regular Eggs – What’s Better?

Published June 21, 2010 – 2:32pm

Posted by: aaroneggs
Here’s a simple question “What is the difference between Organic Eggs and Regular Eggs”?

Wait a second, not so simple. As an avid egg eater, I buy a lot of groceries.   I get the Ralph eggs for anywhere between 17 to 25 cents an egg.   If I want to go the organic route, that number doubles or triples. Naturally, if I’m going to be paying double, I’d like to know the advantages. Hence, the catalyst of my quest to answer the question, “what is an organic egg”?
But wait there’s more. First lets go over the variety of eggs and then we’ll learn about the color of yolks.

• Brown eggs Eggshell color can vary but it has nothing to do with the quality, flavor, nutritive value, cooking characteristics or shell thickness of an egg. The eggshell color only depends upon the breed of the hen.

• Omega 3 enhanced eggs are from hens fed a diet flax seed or fish oils. Omega 3 enhanced eggs contain more omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E than the regular eggs. An independent test conducted by the CBC’s TV show Marketplace found that omega-3 enhanced eggs contain approximately 7 times more omega 3 fatty acids than regular white eggs.

• Free-Run or Cage-free eggs are produced by hens that are able to move about the floor of the barn and have access to nesting boxes and perches. The nutrient content of these eggs is the same as that of regular eggs.

• Free-Range eggs are produced in a similar environment as cage-free eggs but hens have access to outdoor runs as well. The nutrient content of these eggs is the same as that of regular eggs.

• Processed eggs such as liquid egg whites or dried egg whites are shell eggs broken by special machines then pasteurized before being further processed and packaged in liquid, frozen or dried form. Process egg products may also contain preservatives and flavor or color additives.

  What does the color of the yolk mean?
Egg yolk color is determined by the type of feed a hen eats. A wheat-based diet will produce a pale yellow yolk, while a corn- or alfalfa-based diet yields a darker yellow yolk. The color of the yolk does not indicate egg quality, freshness, or nutritional value.

   Well OK, what about Organic?
According to Joel Salatin, farmer and author of You Can Farm “a broiler [meat chicken] can be fed certified organic feed in a confinement house, without fresh air and sunshine, without green salads, trucked for hours to a processing plant that electrocutes the bird and spills feces all over the carcass during evisceration, and be labeled ‘certified organic.’ In animal production, organic describes primarily diet, and everything else is either not mentioned at all or is secondary.” But according to other sources, if it says it’s organic, then it’s free range. I’m going to believe Joel on this one.

   Some more resources
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/13/organic-vs-conventional-h_n_201609.html
http://www.organicvalley.coop/faq/eggs/egg-whites/ 
http://www.aeb.org/LearnMore/EggFacts.htm
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Recycling: Bringing Old Things to Life

Published March 26, 2010 – 10:44pm
Posted by: Patrick

Old Papers

Newspapers, magazines, old notebooks and cardboards make up a huge percentage of all recycled materials. Although it still takes considerable amounts to produce a single ton of new paper with recycled materials, using recycled paper saves three tons of virgin wood pulp for every ton of recycled paper product.  Newspapers and magazines and all other types of paper are first shredded. These are then bathed to remove all the ink and impurities. These results to a fine pulp which is then mixed with wood chips to strengthen the fibers. The fibers go thru the normal process of creating paper where the pulp is emptied into a screen and drained. The drained material is then passed thru heated rollers where they are flattened. The pressed paper is then rolled and sold as materials for creating newspapers and magazines which starts the cycle again.

 Aluminum

More than 90 percent of all beverage cans in the United States are made from aluminum. This metal has been used for beer or carbonated beverages because they are both tough and light. Billions of aluminum cans are produced in the US alone to meet the huge need for this type of container. Aluminum is ideal for use in beverages because they are able to withstand the pressure of carbonated drinks without sacrificing weight in the process. The shiny finish is also ideal for providing a nice background for printing labels.  Aluminum cans are first shredded and melted into sheets were they are used then sent to production lines where are they shaped into cans or various products. Aluminum is not only great for making cans for beverages but they have also become an important component in car bodies. Because they are both lightweight and strong, using aluminum in car bodies decrease gas consumption.   Aluminum is the third most common element. Aluminum accounts for about a 3rd of the earth’s crust. But aluminum could not be found in a pure form, it is often mixed with other materials and separating it takes a lot of energy. Although aluminum is readily available for mining, the main benefit of recycling aluminum is the huge saving in energy cost in producing new aluminum from scratch.

Tin Cans

Tin cans are just steel containers which have been coated with tin. The tin is separated from the steel by dipping them in a tin removing solution and finally removed thru the process of electrolysis. The steel is then collected and shipped to different production sites where they are forged for a variety of purposes. The tin content is also sold to pharmaceuticals and chemical companies or recycled for the production of new tin cans.

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Glass

Glass products are first crushed into small and finer pieces. The broken glass is run thru machines which separate impurities such as paper and metals. The broken glass is then mixed with sand, limestone and soda ash all basic components of glass making. The mixture is then melted and blown into new glass products.

Mobile Phones

Ever wondered what happens to old mobile phones? With more and more people using mobile phones, these devices are fast becoming one of the top electronic wastes products. Many of us have been unable to let go of these electronic devices because upgrading is usually done not because the old mobile phone is busted but more about personal preference. Many would conclude that these devices generally end up as trash as buried in landfills. This however is not true as almost 60 to 70 percent of the mobile phone could be recycled. But the fact is, most of the old cellphones are stored away in a closet especially if they remain operational.

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The Positive Effects of Journaling

 – Published February 23, 2009 -

Having dyslexia, I have been told that there are many things I would not be able to do in life. This never stopped me from doing what I wanted to do. Over the years of making fine environmental papers, journaling has become a passion of mine. Amazing things are always happening as a result of this practice.  I would like to share the positive effects of journaling with you. Positive Effects of Journaling Why Keep a Journal? One of the practices that have changed my own life is the regular habit of journaling.I encourage – and challenge – my family, friends and co-workers to begin journaling in an effort to become their best selves.

Here is some of my thinking on why journaling is a powerful tool for personal discovery and performance:

1. Journaling allows you to take fuzzy thinking and distill it into precise language. Do you remember when you were in school and you thought you knew the material for an exam only to meet with a study group and realize after discussing the material, that there were gaps in your understanding? Having a conversation about something forces you to find specific language for your thinking. Journaling is a conversation that you have with yourself. The more you journal, the more precision of thought you build. This brings great clarity to your life. With greater clarity, you can make choose different choices required to create new changes.

2. Journaling allows you a place to process unfelt emotions. In my life, I have come to realize that most people have a great deal of anger that resides within them (along with many other latent emotional baggage). Emotions affect our daily choices, often at a subconscious level. Many people act in overly aggressive or hurtful ways, blaming the other person, rather than assuming personal responsibility and investigating the deeper reasons why they are behaving as they do. Writing in a journal will allow you to process anger, sadness or hurts that you may have sustained along the journey of your life. This releases you and allows you to find greater freedom and make better choices, both professionally and personally.

3. Writing in a journal allows you to record your dreams. Dreams create hopefulness. The more intimate you can become with your dreams and the longings of your heart, the greater inspiration you can bring to your days. This promotes positive energy, which creates a richer experience of life.

4. Writing in a journal allows you to deepen your understanding. The mere action of writing something down allows for a more effective integration of learning. When you go to a seminar and take notes, memory will be ‘stickier’ than if you do not take notes. In the same way, journaling allows you to learn from life. It allows you to let your days serve you. You become wiser each day.

5. Journaling deepens commitment. The very act of writing things down deepens your resolve to make good things happen in your life. Take 15 minutes to write about the day you want to create and the choices you are dedicated to making in order to create an excellent day. This simple act will allow you to be much more proactive rather than reactive as you live out the remaining hours of this day.

Try it. Watch yourself learn, change and grow – quickly and effectively with journaling

• Life Mapping – Start with the big picture of your life.

• Awareness – Learn to go deeper and to be more expansive.

• Unraveling Subconscious Shadows – Get clear about what you want.

• Goals – Clarifying what I want in life.

• Commitment – Clarity builds willpower.

• Healing – Focus healing the past and feeling better about yourself.

Manifesting Goals and Creating What You Want what you want. Master anchoring, integration and co-creating.

Time Management – Overcome chaos, procrastination, time wasting and more

• Motivation – Tap into and maintain your natural power and passion.

• Creativity and Imagination – This single page will give you lots of new ideas.

• Life Purpose – Clarify your direction and destiny in life.

• Know Your Soul – Capture ways in which Soul works through you

• Decision Making – Make clearer, more creative and more fun choices.

535 million trees

Published February 3, 2009 – 2:42pm Posted by: The Banana Paper Guy

Americans use approximately 31.5 million tons of printing and writing paper each year, an amount requiring over 535 million trees and countless gallons of oil to produce (the figure of oil usage, you’d be embarrassed to know).

More paper products are now recovered than sent to landfills in the US, yet 65 percent of used printing and writing paper still ends up in the waste stream.  The pulp and paper industry ranks first in use of industrial process water, third in toxic chemical releases, and fourth in emissions of the air pollutants known to impair respiratory health.   Simple changes in our paper use and purchasing practices can help limit the depletion of forests and loss of habitat, reduce pollution and decrease the stress on our landfills.Purchasing products that are chlorine-free and include post-consumer fibers will reduce the strain on natural resources, promote resource conservation and waste reduction, and minimize toxic emissions.

Please choose environmentally-friendly papers for your school and office needs, carefully read the labels know the sourcing!