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Microplastics Found In 93% Of Bottled Water Tested In Global Study

Microplastics Found In 93% Of Bottled Water Tested In Global Study

Researchers examined 11 different brands of water purchased in 9 countries The bottled water industry is estimated to be worth nearly $200 billion a year, surpassing sugary sodas as the most popular beverage in many countries. But its perceived image of cleanliness and purity is being challenged by a global investigation that found the water tested is often contaminated with tiny particles of plastic. “Our love affair with making single-use disposable plastics out of a material that lasts for literally…

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13 Ways to Keep Plastics Out of Your Food

13 Ways to Keep Plastics Out of Your Food

Take action to protect your food—and your family—from BPA. Our exploding use of plastics may be causing population decline in the industrial world. The possible cause? “Chemicals in commerce.” Namely plastics. Our bodies have receptor sites for hormones such as testosterone and estrogen. These sites fulfill various important bodily functions. Imagine if instead of real hormones the receptors receive chemicals that mimic hormones, such as are found in plasticizers. This fools the body into thinking it has the real thing…

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Microwaving food in plastic: Dangerous or not?

Microwaving food in plastic: Dangerous or not?

Let’s cover the original misinformation first: The earliest missives warned that microwaved plastic releases cancer-causing chemicals called dioxins into food. The problem with that warning is that plastics don’t contain dioxins. They are created when garbage, plastics, metals, wood, and other materials are burned. As long as you don’t burn your food in a microwave, you aren’t exposing yourself to dioxins. Migrating chemicals There’s no single substance called “plastic.” That term covers many materials made from an array of organic…

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Ban on Chemicals Lowers Human Exposures, Study Finds

Ban on Chemicals Lowers Human Exposures, Study Finds

By Steven Reinberg  HealthDay Reporter   WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The banning of certain types of a common class of chemicals known as phthalates has reduced Americans’ exposure to the chemicals’ potential harms, a new study suggests. However, the researchers also found evidence of increased exposure to other phthalates that could pose similar health risks. Phthalates are used to make plastic more flexible, and are found in items such as nail polish, fragrances, plastic products and building materials….

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How to Store Vegetables & Fruit Without Plastic

How to Store Vegetables & Fruit Without Plastic

So you’ve got all these great fruits and vegetables and now we’re going to help you keep them at their freshest with these tips. These tips are from the Berkley Farmer’s Market which is a Zero Waste market! Here is a printable PDF of their original tip sheet. In the works here at Washington’s Green Grocer is a switch from plastic bags (although we use as few as we can get away with, while still keeping your produce from getting…

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Back-to-School Supplies Contain Toxic Chemicals, Report

Back-to-School Supplies Contain Toxic Chemicals, Report

According to a new consumer report, children’s back-to -school supplies have chemicals that have been linked to asthma and birth defects. BY AMBER MOORE | AUG 27, 2012 According to a new consumer report, children’s back-to -school supplies have chemicals that have been linked to asthma and birth defects.High levels of phthalates were found in vinyl backpacks, rain boots, raincoats, lunch boxes and 3-ring binders. Popular branded school supplies including Disney, Dora and Spiderman had elevated levels of phthalates. According…

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33 Ways to Eat Environmentally Friendly

33 Ways to Eat Environmentally Friendly

If you started using reusable bags exclusively starting at age 25, you could save more than 21,000 plastic bags in your lifetime. Point being: sustainable eating doesn’t have to be hard, and it also doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing. A single change can make a difference By LAURA NEWCOMER | GREATIST.COM | August 24, 2012 The sustainable food movement is sweeping the country. Farmer’s markets, organic produce, genetically modified foods, cage-free eggs — they’ve all become part of the cultural lingo. While a…

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Are You Watering Your Garden With BPA and Toxic Chemicals?

Are You Watering Your Garden With BPA and Toxic Chemicals?

by Jill Richardson, via AlterNet.org What says summer like running through the sprinkler, eating a homegrown tomato off the vine, or drinking right from the garden hose? Unfortunately, those summer experiences might come with toxic chemicals like lead, bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates, and even flame retardants. That’s what the Ecology Center found out when it tested a number of different common garden products recently. The finding that your hose might be the most dangerous tool in your garden was not necessarily…

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