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by Jennifer Berry Published on January 7th, 2009 Original article source

Keep saving your lids for the next time you need to buy some more shampoo or lotion at Aveda. The company accepts all polypropylene (plastic #5) lids for recycling at its stores, which you can quickly search for using Earth911.com.

Did you know that bottle caps are generally a different type of plastic than the bottles themselves? Put down your water bottle for a second and flip it over. On the bottom, you’ll probably see a triangle with chasing arrows and a “1″ on the inside. That means that the bottle is polyethylene, a plastic generally accepted for recycling in most curbside and drop-off programs. But have you checked out the lid yet?

More than likely, the lid doesn’t have a number on it. Or, if it does, it’s a different number than the bottle itself. The problem with this is that, sometimes, your recycler may not accept this different plastic, and the lids end up getting sent to landfills in the recycling process.

You can determine if you have the right kind of plastic by checking to see if the lid is:

    Bottle caps usually require a separate recycling process from the bottles themselves. Aveda recycles plastic#5 caps at its stores.

    Bottle caps usually require a separate recycling process from the bottles themselves. Aveda recycles plastic#5 caps at its stores.

  • A twist top, or a cap with a threaded neck (think: shampoo, water, soda, milk)
  • A flip-top cap from a tube or food product bottle (think: ketchup, mayonnaise)
  • A laundry detergent or peanut butter lid
  • Rigid and resistant to tears (think: can you bend or break the lid with your hands?)

The program doesn’t accept lids like yogurt lids, pharmaceutical lids, tub lids (like margarine or cottage cheese) and non-screw top lids.

Once collected, the caps are recycled and turned into new packaging for Aveda products, like hair color and shampoo.

Just think: by the simple act of saving your bottle caps and jar lids for your next trip to the mall, you’ll also end up saving valuable plastic from getting trashed and possibly prevent a marine animal from attempting to eat these colorful caps.

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by Angela August 26th, 2010 Original article source

When faced with the recent news that over 91% of Canadians showed some measure of BPA levels in their blood, my top question was “Ok then – how do I get it out of my body?”

A simple search on the internet is not enough. It yields blog posts and articles like the ones I just wrote about avoiding BPA; not actually evacuating it from your system. Then I was lucky enough to find this Scientific American article on the persistence of BPA, and where it tends to reside.

Upshot? Large amounts of BPA will leave your body after a few hours of being ingested, but the rest will remain in your fat tissue. In addition, it will cause a drop in adiponectin, a crucial hormone excreted by fat that regulates blood sugar levels. Essentially, BPA starts a vicious chain reaction in which it stores itself in fat, then makes it harder for you to lose weight.

The first step in getting rid of it is what so many people cover in the green blogosphere; avoiding it. Buy food in glass jars, preferably with BPA-free lids. Can your own tomatoes and other acidic foods. Avoid canned foods altogether. Store food in glass containers and ban the plastic water bottles and food storage containers. Avoid packaged foods. Eat more fresh vegetables.

This isn’t all easy stuff. We are programmed to go to the grocery store, buy our ingredients for recipes in cans and make food, or buy food premade for us in boxes and toss it in the oven to heat it up. We essentially have to rewrite the program entirely and start over again.

The next step is to exercise, exercise, exercise. The less fat you have on your body, the less likely you are to store BPA. If you are obese and you were eating a lot of canned foods in the past, chances are good that you have higher than normal BPA levels. So this just gives you another reason to lose weight. And once you start exercising and the BPA starts leaving your system, you will lose weight faster. Bonus. Another excuse to crank out the Wii Fit…

By David Biello January 28, 2009 Original article source

A new study indicates that bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in plastic bottles and can linings that has been linked to heart disease, diabetes and liver failure, may linger in the body far longer than previously believed.


Environmental health scientist Richard Stahlhut of the University of Rochester Medical Center and his colleagues discovered that even those who had been fasting for 24 hours still had high BPA levels in their urine, using a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey of 1,469 adults.

Stahlhut says that it appears that the amount of BPA in the body drops relatively rapidly from four to nine hours after exposure, but then levels out. "After the nine hours or so," he says, "it stops doing what it's supposed to and the decline goes flat."

Previous research had suggested that levels of BPA, which mimics the female hormone estrogen in the human body, declined by 50 percent every five hours after it was ingested in foods or water it had leached into from plastic containers. But the new research indicates that the chemical declines initially but then sticks around, making it potentially more harmful.

"This suggests substantial nonfood exposure, accumulation in body tissues such as fat, or both," the researchers wrote in their paper released today by Environmental Health Perspectives.

That may explain why 93 percent of Americans carry BPA in their bodies, according to the CDC, or it could be that exposure is coming through different routes than food, such as the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes often used for water lines in modern homes.

"It makes you wonder what percentage of [exposure] really is food. If half of it isn't food then we've underestimated [human] exposure by half. That might matter," Stahlhut says.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Toxicology Program—a government program that coordinates federal studies of chemicals' adverse effects—warns that BPA exposure may lead to abnormal development in infants and the Canadian government last year banned its use in baby bottles. But the American Chemistry Council, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency maintain that BPA is safe.

Some preliminary studies have shown that the chemical can persist in human fat tissue and trigger a drop in adiponectin, a hormone excreted by fat that helps control sugar levels in the blood. "This would be good news," Stahlhut says. "If BPA is part of this huge increase in obesity and diabetes, you should celebrate because, unlike PCBs, if we stop BPA exposure it will go away."

But the first step on that road will be figuring out exactly how BPA typically gets into the human body as well as how the body processes it—something scientists thought they already knew. "If I go to a diner and they serve me a Coke in a polycarbonate glass, I drink from it. But I don't mess with the stuff at home," Stahlhut says. "I've been in this long enough to know that we don't know anything."

Everything we buy seems to come in disposable packaging—but that doesn’t mean we have to accept it. By simply choosing products that use less packaging and recyclable packaging, you can make a big impact.

Packaging has increased dramatically over the last half century and now makes up the largest share of municipal solid waste (MSW). Even if Americans were recycling everything they could today, there would remain packaging materials—namely certain plastics—for which there are few or no established recycling programs, leaving you no choice but to toss it in the garbage.

The vast majority of recycling programs only accept PET (type 1) and HDPE (type 2) beverage containers. This means that types 3-7, including yogurt tubs, condiment bottles, shampoo bottles, etc. are tossed into landfills by the billions every day. When you can, choose recyclables—and recycle them—instead.  Learn more about recycling codes at our plastic guide. Original article source

Evaluate a product’s packaging using these simple questions
– Is it without packaging or minimally packaged?
– Is the packaging marked as containing recycled material?
– Is the packaging material readily recyclable (i.e. aluminum, steel, glass, unwaxed paper, PET or HDPE plastic.)?

Reuse packaging: Containers, such as yogurt tubs, can be great for storage. Read up on safe plastic use.

Use bulk food stations where you can fill reusable containers with grocery items from nuts and grains to cooking oils.

Encourage producer responsibility:
– Request that suppliers reduce packaging and use packaging that is compostable, recycled or recyclable. Read about the move towards eco-packaging .
– Support Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) initiatives such as the National Beverage Producer Responsibility Act of 2003, S. 1867

Reduce takeout packaging by setting a goal to pack lunches and eat meals at home more often. When you do take-out, refuse the chopsticks and napkins and use your own.

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