We have the Labor Movement to thank for this day off work. According to the United States Labor Department, “It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” [Read more...]
When reading the full text of California’s Proposition 37, I came across an interesting exemption. California’s attorney general sums it up:
• Requires labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways.
• Prohibits labeling or advertising such food, or other processed food, as “natural.”
• Exempts foods that are: certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
SECTION 1. FINDINGS AND DECLARATIONS
(a) California consumers have the right to know whether the foods they purchase wereproducedusinggeneticengineering. Geneticengineeringofplantsand animals often causes unintended consequences. Manipulating genes and inserting them into organisms is an imprecise process.The results are not always predictable or controllable, and they can lead to adverse health or environmental consequences.
After just mentioning the unsustainable fashions my daughter selected for back-to-school clothes, which she really needed but were definitely not eco-friendly, it is refreshing to feature a truly sustainable apparel item with a message.
Americans produce 500 billion pounds of trash each year
Yikes, that’s a lot of trash!
Project Recycling is reducing the landfill of plastic waste through design.
Our eco-friendly t-shirts are made from 50% organic cotton and 50% recycled PET plastic, the same type of plastic water bottles are made from. In fact, each shirt contains approximately three 20oz water bottles inside!
Combining this with a recycling themed design is a match made in heaven. Each t-shirt uses a recycling fact, a disturbing truth about the overuse of our resources, as theme. For example, our first t-shirt is themed “500 Billion Pounds”, that’s the amount of waste we as Americans produce each year.
Of that, only 34.1% is recycled or composted. That rest, around 330 billion pounds is incinerated or landfilled. Our eco-friendly t-shirts are meant to be educational, yet contain a bold statement, but also casually designed so you can wear it on a normal basis.
My approach to living a greener life involves small steps or goals. I live off-the-grid, grow a lot of my own food organically, and use only natural products.
Examining one’s life for the next step towards a greener existence, whether small or large, then taking action towards that move is the easiest way to make personal change.
For awhile, my challenge was remembering my reusable shopping bags. I have that one down. I can’t do much abut my gas guzzling SUV, as I live where 4WD is required and there is not an EV alternative yet. One area I have been thinking about a lot lately and do need to work on is clothing.
I have too many clothes. My kids have too many clothes. I love bargains. I love thrift stores. I love shopping for used clothing on ebay. I love sales. I love organic clothing. There, I said it. Our closets and dressers are overflowing. I could not possibly wear all of the clothes I own. I am like most westerners.
Baby Soaps Give False Positive Results for Marijuana THC; Dr. Bronner’s Arrested for Industrial Hemp Protest
Soap and hemp have been in the news lately. In two, semi-related stories, researchers have found that certain baby soaps produce false positive drug tests, and Dr. Bronner’s CEO has been arrested for protesting US regulations on industrial hemp.
Surprisingly, many common commercial brands of baby soaps are causing children to have false positive tests for THC. Brands like Aveeno, Johnson & Johnson, and CVS are confusing researchers, doctors, nurses, and parents, especially since these brands don’t even contain hemp.
Certain soaps used to wash babies shortly after birth may cause the baby to test positive for marijuana on some newborn screening tests, a new study suggests.
In the study, urine samples that contained minute amounts of any of five baby soaps — Johnson & Johnson’s Head-to-Toe Baby Wash, J&J Bedtime Bath, CVS Night-Time Baby Bath, Aveeno Soothing Relief Creamy Wash and Aveeno Wash Shampoo — gave a positive result on a drug screening test for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana.
The amount of soap in the urine needed to produce a positive test result was tiny, less than 0.1 milliliters, the researchers said.
We were sent two Sigg water bottles to review. These bottles have beautiful and cute designs respectively, yet I can’t help but feel paranoid about the lining in the bottles and distrust for the company.
Sigg has been a brand many people gravitated towards for reusable metal water bottles because they are made in Switzerland rather than China. This manufacturing origin does appeal to me as well, yet the company’s previous deceit over BPA in their lining is a cause for concern.
In 2007, the president of Sigg USA wrote in response to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Organic Consumers Association‘s (OCA) claim the bottles contained BPA (both groups retracted their statements):
As you may know, the BPA issues surrounding Lexan plastic bottles (polycarbonate #7) involve the migration of chemicals from the plastic into the contents of the bottles. On the other hand, SIGG bottles have been thoroughly tested in Europe to ensure 0% leaching of any substance – no trace of BPA, BPB or any phthalates.
Two years later, the company admitted it contained BPA all along and offered to swap old bottles for newer ones. Where does that leave us now?
For almost a decade, I had to hang my laundry outside out of pure necessity. I didn’t own a dryer. Then when I finally did own a dryer, it made life so much easier to just toss the clothes in rather than go outside and hang them. It took less time, the clothes came out softer, the dog hair and lint was removed, and the clothes were less wrinkled. That all sounds great, except for the eco guilt I felt and the dirty little secret of living off-the-grid.