It’s almost funny. The FDA is militant about not allowing perfectly edible and delicious unpasteurized Camembert and many other legendary cheeses into the country, but it is far more laid back when it comes to the controversial chemical BPA – linked to low birth weight and certain types of cancer.
According to the FDA, unlike a decent wheel of Brie de Meaux, BPA is “probably alright in very small doses.” We’re paraphrasing here, by the way, but you get the gist.
“Probably alright in very small doses” is fine when you’re talking about certain things. Cleaning your teeth with the kids’ toothpaste for a day because you’ve run out? …
So, we’ve laid bare the extortionate cost of bottled water and highlighted the practice of selling tap water in bottles at a hugely inflated profit. Persuading people to buy filtered tap water in a bottle with a slick label is quite a coup for the drinks industry.
BPA is Here to Stay?
But it’s not just the ever-rising cost to both your pocket and to the environment. Bottled water is problematic in other ways as well.
“Certain chemicals found in plastic bottles can have effects on every system in our bodies. They can affect ovulation, and increase our risk of hormonally driven problems like PCOS, endometriosis and breast cancer, among other things.”
Water is big news. Of course it is, it’s a massive part of our lives. We depend on it for life itself and yet we’re all guilty of wasting it from time to time. So how did we become so complacent about …
Now, it’s easy to think about the bottled water industry being right at the other end of any “Earth-friendly” scale, but some recent news is heartening and perhaps surprising.
On January 17, at the 2018 Keep America Beautiful National Conference, the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) announced that it would be sponsoring the Keep America Beautiful initiative.
“We stand committed to helping Americans better understand recycling and its potential for economic, environmental and community benefits by working with all stakeholders—manufacturers; the waste management industry; government entities; other nonprofit
Posted by: Rhona Reid On November 28, 2017 7:00 am
November 15 marked America Recycles Day, a joint initiative with Keep America Beautiful. Tens of thousands of people made a commitment to recycling and hundreds of events are taking place over the coming month to support this awesome cause.
Make a Pledge to the Planet
Interested in joining in? Why not make the America Recycles pledge to:
Learn. I will find out what materials are collected for recycling in my community.
Act. Within the next month, I will reduce the amount of waste I produce, I will recycle more, and I will buy products made with recycled content.
Share. In the next month, I will encourage one family member or one
Posted by: Rhona Reid On October 26, 2017 12:00 pm
The third annual Imagine a Day Without Water took place on the 12th October. Schools and workplaces participated with utilities and water organizations to look at how much we depend on water.
The True Value of Water
The recent hurricanes that have seen thousands of people having their access to clean, safe water cut off, highlight just how vital water is to our health and well being.
Some communities in America already know how impossible it is to try to go a day without our most precious resource: Water. Imagine a Day Without Water 2017 is the third annual day to raise awareness and educate America about the value of water.
Thousands of people every year are affected by breast cancer, either directly or indirectly. According to the Cancer Statistics Center, 255,180 new cases are anticipated during 2017, which are projected to result in some 41,070 deaths from breast cancer across America before the year is out.
Can We Reduce Our Risk Factors?
Despite these statistics, deaths from breast cancer have been decreasing since 1989, largely due to better detection rates through screening, increased awareness and improved methods of treatment.
So what can we do to help our bodies stay as healthy as possible and actively lower the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer?
Posted by: Rhona Reid On October 12, 2017 12:00 pm
The issue of what’s in the water we drink – and more worryingly – what shouldn’t be in it, has never been more pressing.
Nationwide scandals attached to the potential dangers of drinking tap water have prompted millions of Americans to ask the question, “what exactly are we drinking?”
Many have stopped trusting the municipal water supply altogether. An obvious alternative? Bottled water. Well, sure. It’s convenient and available virtually everywhere. Plus, it’s in a sealed, factory-produced bottle. It’s clean and good for us, right? Well, not always. In fact the EWG has recently published a report on exactly why we should look very closely at the risks of drinking bottled water.
Posted by: Rhona Reid On September 5, 2017 7:00 am
Anyone buying a bottle of Poland Spring Water would be pretty sure that they’re drinking exactly what’s advertised. It’s produced by Nestlé – the world’s biggest packaged food manufacturer – so it must be a trustworthy product, right?
Not so, according to a lawsuit against the giant company, filed by 11 plaintiffs in Connecticut this week.
“A colossal fraud perpetrated against American consumers.”
~ Plaintiffs v. NESTLE WATERS NORTH AMERICA, INC.
The reason for the litigation? Nestlé claims that its water comes from eight natural springs in Maine. The claimants say that seven of those springs are in fact, man-made. Instead of the pure spring water conjured up by labels and advertising, …
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