10 Steps to Remove BPA from
Your Body in Less Than a Week

10 Steps to Remove BPA from </br>Your Body in Less Than a Week

BPA is Everywhere. It’s in everything we touch, everything we eat, everything we buy: it’s hidden in grocery store receipts and beauty products, in coffee cups and soda cans, in the very food and water we need to live. So, what’s the big deal? We’ve survived so far. Or… have we? Cancer and autoimmune disease rates continue to rise steadily. In 2009, EWG tests found estrogen-disrupting  levels of BPA in 9 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples. We all have BPA in our bodies. There’s nothing we can do about it. Right? You can Remove BPA from Your Body. And you can do it in less than a week. BPA is metabolized by the body very quickly. A recent study found that participants were able to reduce the levels of BPA in their body by...

Share Your Progress Wednesdays: Ivy

Share Your Progress Wednesdays: Ivy

The Share Your Progress series aims to celebrate our little victories in reducing plastic and the positive impact we can have by making gradual changes where we can. This week’s contributor is Ivy from Pasadena, CA. Here’s her story:   Hello… We are Ivy, Chris and 4.5 year old Valentine.   What’s your favorite change you’ve made so far? I think the biggest change I’ve made so far has been grinding my own flours. It has given me a sense of pride and excites me to follow through… It really does make me happy cooking up more of our own stuff and buying less packaged. My goal ultimately is to try to eliminate all excessive waste including products packaged in paper.     What’s been your biggest challenge so...

Baby Steps: Shower Curtains

Baby Steps: Shower Curtains

Baby Steps is a series about making small, gradual changes to reduce plastic and move towards a healthier body and planet. Remember, the most important step is to be kind to yourself. Big changes can seem overwhelming. But, the little steps you can take now eventually add up to big progress.   Step 1: Rethink Your Shower Curtain. Why? • 108 different volatile organic compounds are released from a PVC / Vinyl shower curtain into the air. • The level of Total VOCs is over 16 times greater than the recommended guidelines for indoor air quality established by the U.S. Green Building Council. • VOCs can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination; nausea; and damage to the liver, kidney, and the central nervous system. Some...

Plastic-Free on a Budget

Plastic-Free on a Budget

I often hear from people that they could not afford to have a non-plastic kitchen – buying all the glass containers would just be too expensive. True, replacing a whole kitchen’s worth of plastic containers could be very expensive. Even on sale, you will pay anywhere from $5-25 per new glass container. I have a solution for those of you who aren’t opposed to buying used items. Your local thrift stores have all you need to make a complete all-glass conversion on a budget. Now, I need to warn you that when you make the switch you will actually need many more storage containers than you use now.  Think of all those handy little ziploc baggies you currently use to stash odds and ends in the fridge. A half-lemon here, a couple crackers to take to...

Share Your Progress Wednesdays: Jonya

Share Your Progress Wednesdays: Jonya

This post kicks off a new Plastic Sans weekly feature: Share Your Progress. The SYP series aims to celebrate our little victories in reducing plastic and the positive impact we are making through making gradual changes where we can. Our first featured reader is Jonya from Beaverton, Oregon. Here’s her story: Hi!  I’m Jonya and we are a family of three. Once we found out we were having a baby, I became hyper aware of how much plastic was in our daily life. I became a little obsessed with all the cute wood toys and Eco friendlier options that were available and it was easy to start fresh with our baby. Now our baby is one and a half and over the past year I’ve started to focus more on our household and made changes where I could.  Our success...

Sunscreen… Fail

Sunscreen… Fail

Let’s start out by stating that I am NOT a fan of sunscreen in general. If reading the FDA’s wimpy new rules wasn’t enough to tip you off that there’s something to be concerned about, then reading this list of 9 surprising truths about sunscreen published by the EWG might. Simply put, I don’t trust what we’ve been told/sold about the wonders of sunscreen – just as I don’t trust that plastic is safe. However, that’s not going to do much to protect us from getting sunburned this summer. It’s getting hot, and it’s not always feasible or enjoyable to wear long sleeves and a hat. Especially if you are two years old. The Pacific Northwest’s slow start to summer has afforded me the luxury...

Plastic-free Roadtrip

Plastic-free Roadtrip

My dear friend Ivy and her family are visiting Oregon from L.A. and we have been having a blast. They extended a last-minute invitation to join them and another family on a roadtrip to the Mt. Hood area, which is about 75 miles from Portland. We haven’t been anywhere all summer so I jumped at the chance for a roadtrip (one of my favorite summer pastimes). Ivy helped me prepare a supply of snacks for the road so that we wouldn’t be tempted to stop at any convenience stores on the way.   Our snacks: green smoothie crackers (we made waaaay too many), dried mango, nectarine, and fig and date squares. These kept everyone -especially Ohio- happy there and back. Many leftovers. No plastic needed. I was a little worried about transporting all my...