Tuesday, July 29, 2008

How Do You Like Your Fish? Marinated In Crude?

Hello All!
Just wanted to quickly post a video I think every eco-convert (and people who should be eco-converts) should see. Especially if you're paying any attention to the environmental issues in this 2008 election year.

Did you know, just last week John McCain was scheduled to appear at a rally in Louisiana to support offshore oil drilling when suddenly, an oil leak in the Mississippi River sprang! Of course he had to cancel his date but he's still doing his job for those 30 lobbyists who have virtually paid for his presidential campaign. Get mad! Then watch the video below to see WHY he's FOR offshore drilling and giving huge tax breaks to those oil companies!

Watch this video and forward to anyone that votes! (If video does not appear, CLICK HERE!)

Monday, July 7, 2008

What Do Those Plastic Recycling Numbers Mean?

I recently moved away from one of the best recycling facilities in the U.S. where literally everything could be recycled. Now I'm having to re-learn the numbers on plastics and different types of paper products my local community will accept.

I've found a tidy list on idealbyte.com today that will work perfect! I'm going to print out this list and put it on the fridge for everyone to learn. (Getting everyone in the house to cooperate is another story!) I'll write the numbers on the plastic recycling bin to help.

For plastics, recycling numbers usually appear on the bottom of containers.
Usually recyclable:
1. PET - 2-liter and mouthwash bottles, boil-in-bag pouches.
2. HDPE - milk jugs, trash bags, detergent bottles, some yogurt cups.
Sometimes recyclable:
3. PVC - cooking-oil bottles, meat packaging, office binders.
4. LDPE - grocery bags, produce bags, food wrap.
5. PP - diapers, straws, yogurt containers.
6. PS - CD cases, egg cartons, Styrofoam.
Not so much...
7. Other - other types of plastic, plus things made from more than one type of plastic (see below).
Bioplastics (7, and marked as either compostable or biodegradable):
7. Compostable Plastic - is nontoxic and breaks down as fast as paper in compost.
7. Biodegradable Plastic - may contain toxins, so you have to send it to a special composting facility (enter compost and your zip at Earth911, see below).

Commonly questioned items:

Container Caps - typically different plastics than the container; take 'em off, check the # inside, and either recycle or throw them away.

Grocery Bags - reuse them first! You usually can't recycle them curbside, but some supermarkets have bins in-store. Check out these reusable canvas bags from Amazon.com, very good and very inexpensive! Reusable Grocery Tote Bag 5 Pack Combo or Try these bags that are made from recycled plastic that I recently started using. They have a nice flat bottom!

http://www.earth911.com/ - go here to find out if you can recycle specific items in your area.

This reminds me.... we also saw the movie Wall-e, and it really got my 8yro thinking about the "story of stuff" video. (If you haven't seen this one yet, do it now and forward this to your friends!) He's actually starting to save money instead of it burning a hole through his pocket into the toy store!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Ouch! Some Sunscreens Don't Work!

The Environmental Working Group, has released a report of nearly 1,000 brand-name sunscreens that says four out of five don't adequately protect consumers and may contain harmful chemicals.

I know that's the truth! I can't tell you how many times I KNOW I put on the sunscreen properly, even after swimming or toweling off and came home glowing RED!

It's even harder on parents who are running for cold rags and home made remedies to alleviate the discomfort of a little one who's had that happen too.

Why isn't this mandated? Where is the expiration date?

While sunscreen effectiveness is debated, all skin experts agree that how a sunscreen is used is just as important as what kind of sunscreen is used. Dermatologists say an ounce of sunscreen should be applied to all exposed areas 30 minutes before going outside and should be reapplied every two hours, or immediately if you swim or sweat.

Common sense can also protect from the sun. Experts agree babies under 6 months old should be kept out of direct sun. Children need sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Get sunscreen clothing
Here are some tips about choosing and maintaining your sunscreens:

1. Choose lotions that are on the EWG.org's safe list. (click here to check the rating of your favorite brand)

2. Choose an SPF 30 or higher for best protection.

3. It should contain at least 7% zinc oxide or titanium dioxide for broad
spectrum protection.

4. Make sure you are not using a product more than 12 months old from the time of purchase.
Check out this handy guide to check labels before you buy.

I recommend covering up so you'll only need sunscreen lotion for the ears, face and that part in the hairline!

Try using less sunscreen and more re-usable clothing like these uv swimshirts that are awesome and protect against those rashes you get from the pool toys!

Enjoy your summer!

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