Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I have posted often about the blog Z Recommends in reference to BPA. Take a moment to read about The Plume and how it effects them in different ways. We are in the The Plume in some sort of way or another. Where I live, it would be the nuclear power plant that was decommissioned dealing with waste storage and how the land was to go into conservation but now may be sold for development! How are you in The Plume?
I think you would be amazed at what BPA is found in such as sunglasses, dental sealants, DVD's and of course the big one is baby bottles. Sunglasses and DVD's do not seem to concern me since it is not in contact with food. Dental sealants is obvously a concern, only if I need them. But baby bottles are the biggest since the timeline of usage is probably an average of 2-3 years! A lawsuit was filled in May against Playtex for the making of baby bottles with BPA. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has stated that they will not be carrying any BPA baby bottles by early next year. That is a very big step since they are a huge provider of this product. Check out the article at Organic Consumer Association for further details. To purchase BPA free bottles, go to Z Recommends for designs available.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Lead is such a focus in toys prompting numerous recalls that have been long over due. The other issue is Phthalates which is a toxic chemical that is added to plastic toys such as teethers to make them soft and flexible. That just about qualifies for all infant to toddler toys. And of course we know that everything goes in the mouth so the chemical is leached out. Phthalates have been linked to numerous birth defects, possibilities of breast cancer, early puberty and testicular cancer. Only two states at banned phthalates which are California and Washington.
In March, the U.S. Senate passed an amendment to the Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Act, which would ban phthalates in children's toys and childcare articles. House members of the conference committee have not yet committed to—and may even oppose—including the Senate ban on phthalates in the final bill.
Here is how you can make a difference. Go to Breast Cancer Fund and sign the petition to send to the key committee members telling them you are opposed to the use of Phthalates in toys.
Thank you to Green Mom Finds for posting about this concern.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Can't afford to buy that Channel bag or just love use different handbags? How about renting one stead of purchasing where you can have a new handbag for every week, every occasion? Check out Bag Borrow or Steal which was just featured in the new movie Sex & and City! I think you will be surprised how you can afford a designer bag on as little as $5 a week! They are also having a special right now which you rent for three weeks, get the forth week for free! Wow, an extra bag! Chic Shopper Chic is giving away a $59 gift card to Bag Borrow or Steal! Just pop over to the her blog and post which bag you would rent from Bag Borrow or Steal. This certainly gives you more room in your closet!
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Sometimes I think of ideas that for new products when I get frustrated about using a certain product. Does that make sense? Anyway, we have a chest freezer and like all of these type of freezers, once you put something in, it is lost until you start digging through it. I had an idea which I submitted to the Whirlpool "Mother of Invention" Contest, because hey you never know, which was basically bar coding your food and the freezer would have a scanner with a screen which lets you know what is in the freezer and when it was put in. Of course you could expand on this to being on line capabilities for checking status off of your cell phone while at the grocery store to downloading bar codes from retailers. The possibilities are endless. But it also is more efficient in which you can actually consume the food in a timely manner instead of doing the yearly clean out throw away because you have no clue what it is or when you put it in!
Got an idea? Pop on over and check it out! Ecobunga! is where I found this contest and they have many more listed.