The United States EPA just released a formal announcement on their site declaring greenhouse gases pose a threat to public health and the environment. These findings were a result of a scientific review ordered in 2007 by the U.S. Supreme Court.
In celebration of Earth Day, visit your local Home Depot on April 19th for a free CFL Bulb. Limit 1 per customer while supplies last. Home Depot will also be giving away Free Water-Saving Faucet Aerator Inserts and will have Buy 1, Get 1 Free on assorted seed packets including organic selections.
More Earth Day Freebies:
Disney Store – while supplies last, guests can exchange three empty bottles for a free commemorative Earth Day reusable water bottle
Reynolds Wrap – Free Roll of 100% Recycled Aluminum
EarthBound Farms – Free Tote bag if you are one of the first 10,000 each week in the month of April. Read the site / fill out the pledge to be eligible for the tote
Starbucks Canada – Free Coffee if you bring in a travel mug
Health Canada will officially list Bisphenol A (BPA) on its list of toxic chemicals this saturday according to a recent report on Canada.com’s site. This move is the result of new research which has shown that BPA can be detrimental to adults & children. According to a recent study published last month by the American Medical Association, there is a “significant relationship” between exposure to the ubiquitous estrogenic chemical and heart disease, diabetes and liver problems. BPA can be found in just about everything from cans (soda, soup, tomato sauce), water bottles, baby bottles and plastic toys.
Recent BPA Articles:
Canada.com – Top baby bottle (Avent) leached more chemicals
Canada.com – Health Canada Makes it Official: BPA is Health Hazard
The Washington Post – No BPA for Baby Bottles in U.S.
Time.com – Reassessing the Dangers of BPA in Plastics
I just read an article on Real Simple that listed the top 10 organic foods that are worth the money and their reasoning. Here is a summary or you can read the entire article here as well.
Baby Food – “An infant’s immune, nervous, and detoxification system is less developed than an adult’s and more vulnerable to the effects of pesticides,” says Elson M. Haas, M.D., author of The Staying Healthy Shopper’s Guide. The green beans, peaches, and apples that go into baby food (and all over your kitchen floor) tend to be treated with chemicals. Organic brands like Earth’s Best are available.
Apples – A is for apple―and a lot of pesticides. According to the Food and Drug Administration, more pesticides (a whopping 36) are found on apples than on any other fruit or vegetable. In one test, as many as seven chemicals were detected on a single apple.
Strawberries – Strawberries are one of the most contaminated of all produce items in the United States.
Grapes – Because grapes ripen quickly, tend to mold, and attract insects, growers hit them with multiple applications of various chemicals. The worst are Chilean grapes, which are treated with as many as 17 of them.
Butter & Milk – The grains that dairy cows eat are heavily treated with chemicals, which have a residual, though still notable, presence in milk and dairy products. (Milk may also contain bovine growth hormone and antibiotics.)
Winter Squash – Like cantaloupes and cucumbers, winter squash has a propensity to absorb dieldrin from the soil into its edible parts.
Cucumbers – In a survey of 42 common vegetables, cucumbers were ranked second in cancer risk and 12th in “most contaminated food” by the Environmental Working Group, a respected public-interest group.
Green Beans – The Environmental Protection Agency has more than 60 pesticides registered for use on green beans.
Spinach – In a certain cartoon, spinach makes muscles. In real life, the chemicals used to treat it may cause cancer or interfere with hormone production.
Cantaloupe – Cantaloupes often contain five of the longest-lasting chemicals, one of which is dieldrin, an exceedingly toxic and carcinogenic insecticide.
BYD is an up and coming Chineese car company that has begun selling the F3DM, an electric car with backup gasoline engine, in China. The new F3DM will go farther on a single charge, 62 miles, than other electric cars and sells for $22,000. In comparison the hyped up Chevy Volt will be starting at $35,000 and will be able to go 40 miles on a single charge . BYD plans to bring the F3DM to the US in 2010.
One of the most interesting parts of the article I read was that Wang, CEO of BYD, poured battery fluid into a glass and drank it to demonstrate that his company developed a nontoxic electrolyte fluid for their vehicles.
- BYD F3DM Main Page
- Warren Buffet Takes Charge
- GM is Weeping: BYD F3DM Plug-in Hybrid Goes On Sale in China, 3 Years Before Volt
Preview on Edmunds.com:
I just read an article in the Seattle Times that shows you how to grow 100lbs of potatoes in 4 square feet. The information for the article was taken from GardenCitySeeds.com. It seems like a pretty cool concept for people with very little garden space to create tons of fresh potatoes. I’ll have to try this next year if we are successful with growing the various veggies we are planning on planting this year.
I could not help but to laugh a little when I saw this article on Time.com‘s website. It seems one of Inida’s biggest global warming problems comes from their livestock. In the article it says, “By burping, belching and excreting copious amounts of methane — a greenhouse gas that traps 20 times more heat than carbon dioxide — India’s livestock of roughly 485 million (including sheep and goats) contribute more to global warming than the vehicles they obstruct.”
If you are currently using gDiapers for your baby now is the best time to order the refills as they are at their cheapest price I have even seen. Each bag retails of refills retails for around $14.25 at local grocery stores however I have been able to get them for around $11.25 per bag online using various discounts at gDiapers.com and Amazon.com. Right now, Amazon has a 10% off coupon which is stackable with their *subscribe & save which already gives you 15% off. With all of these discounts you can get gDiapers small refills pack for $9.75 per bag and their med/large refills are $10.10 per bag.
*Subscribe & save is a way for you to set up automatic shipments of products from Amazon however often you want. Amazon will notify you prior to sending out the item so you can pause / cancel your subscription easily. You can also log in to your account whenever you want and canel / pause a subscription.
How do I get this deal?
- Click through to Amazon.com
- On the right hand side of the page, click the number you want in the subscribe & save box and how often you want them sent
- click “subscribe & save” and begin the checkout process
- Enter online coupon GRNBB4O9 prior to checkout to get an extra 10% off
With earth day just around the corner, I thought I’d blog about reusable shopping bags. We first noticed reusable shopping bags showing up in our local grocery stores a few years ago. We picked up our first 3 bags or I should say my wife picked them up and I begrudgingly agreed we would use them. It wasn’t until I saw their benefits for me, that I began to enjoy using them. One of the best benefits I’ve seen is that you can pack much more in them which means less trips from the car to the kitchen counter. In years past I would have 5 plastic bags in one hand, 5 in another and some soda boxes under my arm. With reusable bags you can fit at least 2 plastic bags worth of products (if not more) into 1 reusable bag. Here are some other benefits:
What are the benefits of using reusable bags?
- some grocery stores here in Delaware offer a bag discount
- Trader Joes offers a weekly gift certificate raffle
- you can fit more items in each bag making less trips from car to kitchen
- the cut down on clutter in your house
- they help bring awareness to environmental issues
One complaint I have heard about reusable shopping bags is that people forget to bring them to the store. I’ll be the first to admit that we have forgotten to bring them every once in a while. I also have yet to put one or two of them in my car which means if I’m picking something up on the way home I end up getting a plastic bag. Once you get in the habit of using them though, it will become part of the routine. Try putting the bags either in your car or somewhere on the way to your car (in your garage) so you will see them before you leave for the store.
Also, if you’ve alreay made the switch to reusable grocery bags, you might want to consider reusable produce bags as well. They aren’t readily available in local stores however I have seen a few places online that sell them. We picked up a few of them last year on Amazon.com.
When we first started using gDiapers for our daughter in 2007 you could only order the “little g” pants directly from gDiapers and very few places carried the inserts. I just noticed that BabiesRUs stores are now carrying the individual pants at some locations.
I recommend buying the “little g” pants with the starter kits as they are much cheaper. However once you start using them and your spouse sees how “cute” the non starter kits pants are, you’ll be looking for a place to buy these individually. BabiesRUs is the only store that I know of around here (Delaware) that carries them individually. Best of all you can save on shipping and pick it up at your local BRU if they stock them.