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The Problem with Plastics

Studies have shown that water and other beverages in plastic containers may not be safe or desirable. Chemicals in the plastics can leak out into the water. These chemicals may cause a variety of health problems such as cancers, an increased risk of miscarriage, and interference with the body’s hormonal system.

The manufacture of plastic bottles uses large amounts of energy and generates toxic pollutants. Plus, although these plastics may be recycled, millions of plastic bottles end up in landfills each year.

Metal Water Bottles Are a Better Choice

A healthy goal is to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. It’s still a good plan to carry water with you as you travel, play sports, or go to the gym. In this era of green practices, the new focus is on staying hydrated in the most eco-friendly way.

•    Instead of buying spring water, use filtered tap water.

•    Replace those plastic bottles with portable metal water bottles.

•    Aluminum bottles, such as those made by Sigg, are safe to use and can be reused repeatedly. They can also be recycled eventually

•    Stainless steel bottles, such as those made by Klean Kanteen, are easy to clean and maintain. They can also fit into bicycle water bottle cages.

There are many sources for buying the new metal water bottles. Look in health food and natural food markets. Check out camping and backpacking supply stores. Some coffee shops carry both hot and cold bottles. And, of course, there are many online sources.

As metal bottles become more popular, there are many new brands popping up. Be sure to choose bottles that have non-toxic and non-leaching liners. Metal bottles come in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and patterns. Ideally they should be both durable and lightweight. A wise consumer always researches brands and product quality before buying.

In Summary:

– Be certain that you are choosing a bottle that does not leach, check the recycling symbol on your bottle.

–  If it is a #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene), or a #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene), or a #5 PP (polypropylene), your bottle is fine.

–  The type of plastic bottle in which water is usually sold is usually a #1, and is only recommended for one time use. Do not refill it.

–  Better to use a reusable water bottle, and fill it with your own filtered water from home and keep these single-use bottles out of the landfill. Unfortunately, those fabulous colorful hard plastic lexan bottles made with polycarbonate plastics and identified by the #7 recycling symbol, may leach BPA.

Useful Tips

•    You can carry drinking water in those metal travel coffee mugs, also.

•    Recycle your old plastic Nalgene bottles.

•    Rinse your water bottles frequently and thoroughly.

•    Cut in lemon or lime slices for extra flavor.

•    Add electrolyte powder mixes for that sports drink boost.

•    Get a bottle that can clip on to your belt or tote for easy transport.

Thanks to Who’s green

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It’s back-to-school season, and you know what that means. Fresh notebooks, sharp colored pencils, and crisp, clean backpacks. Shopping for school supplies was my bliss as a child. That, and cookie dough. Now getting green school supplies is easy because there are so many options out there. So first things first:
1. Backpacks. Getting an eco-friendly backpack can be as simple as getting one that’s built to last a whole year, one that you won’t need to replace come November. After all, some backpacks barely last a month, let alone a whole school year. But if you’d like to go even further than that, I’ve got the backpack for you. Conventional backpacks, especially the plastic ones for little kids, can contain potentially harmful chemicals and dyes. Enter EcoGear’s EcoZoo backpacks. These backpacks feature adorable furry friends and are made from recycled and renewable materials, don’t contain PVC and are colored with nontoxic dyes. EcoGear even has a line of backpacks for older kids too (in case your eighth-grader doesn’t want to carry around a backpack shaped like a panda).
2. Crayons. Traditional crayons are made from petroleum, so why not try soy crayons this year for school? Soy crayons were developed by two inventive young Perdue students back in 1993 as an entry into a soybean utilization contest. Unlike regular crayons, soy crayons are completely biodegradable. Two brands to try?Crayon Rocks, which are virtually indestructible and fun for kids to use because of their unique shape (which is said to improve your kid’s handwriting grip too), andPrang, which sells eight crayons for only a dollar. Who says eco-friendly gear has to break the bank?
3. Lunch boxes. Where do I begin? There are just too many cute, eco-friendly ways to bring your lunch to school these days! PlanetBox’s lunch boxes, made from stainless steel, are great for older kids and picky eaters who need a variety of foods to make lunch interesting. They’re also good for kids (and adults) who don’t like their noodles fraternizing with their fruit. Another option is bento boxes, which are colorful, contain no toxic chemicals and are super easy to clean. I also love theKids Konserve lunch bags. Finally, I absolutely love the adorable Crocodile Creek lunch boxes that have held up perfectly through two school years for my toddler and are free of PVC and phthalates.
4. Water Bottle: Just say no to disposable water bottles – especially when we’re talking about putting them into kids’ lunches all week. For $10, citizenpip has a cute aluminum one
5. Pens and pencils. Another thing you can buy for your kids this year isGrassroots’ biodegradable pens. Made entirely from corn starch, these pens will completely disintegrate within a year of being thrown away. Try it out yourself in your own backyard for a nifty little science experiment. If your kids aren’t allowed to use pens in class yet, try these pencils, made from FSC-certified wood.
It’s always a good idea to include your children in your eco-friendly shopping excursion (whether it be at home or online). Let them know why you’re getting them eco-friendly gear and they’ll feel proud to take it to school every day. Remember, the eco-friendly choices you make with them today will make them responsible caretakers of the Earth tomorrow.
If you have any more Eco friendly green ideas, please share it in the comments section below.

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