Archive for December, 2006

Storing Bottled Water Could be Dangerous to your Health

Published: 31 December 2006
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS

According to the Ottawa Citizen “tests have shown bottled water undergoes serious deterioration when it sits for long periods in plastic.” The article further reports, “bottled water is a triumph of marketing, but not a good deal financially or health-wise” as “recent tests of water quality have found significant levels of antimony, a toxic […]

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Canadians To Be Tested for chemicals including phthalates and bisphenol A

Published: 29 December 2006
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to CBC Canada, Statistics Canada will test “5,000 Canadians for everything from toxic contaminants in the blood to physical fitness in what it’s calling the most comprehensive survey of our overall health.” The CBC Canada reports that among those chemicals for which doctors will look are eleven types of phthalates (used to soften […]

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Heredity Concerns over chemicals

Published: 28 December 2006
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

Women’s News reports that “synthetic chemicals that pervade the environment and the bodies of mothers and their children are attracting scientific inquiry.” According to the article, synthetic chemicals may be traveling through the umbilical cord to unborn children, possibly causing health and developmental problems later in life for that child. The article reports, […]

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Water bottles reportedly leaching antimony

Published: 27 December 2006
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS

According to the Toronto Star, a study of bottled water has “found concentrations of potentially harmful antimony increase the longer water is stored in a certain plastic. A Canadian scientist now working in Germany tested 132 brands of bottled water from 28 countries in containers made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).” According to the […]

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Bombilla & Gourd

Published: 27 December 2006
Category: Organic Products in Glass

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Bombilla & Gourd beverages boast all the benefits of maté, which offers more antioxidants than green tea for fending off colds and germs, calm energy from caffeine, euphoric stimulants from theobromine, and soothing elements from theophylline. This USDA certified organic beverage also offers 24 vitamins and minerals and 15 amino acids. The beverage gets its name from Argentina, where yerba maté is sipped through a metal straw, called a “bombilla,” and brewed in a hallowed out “gourd.” Bombilla & Gourd maté teas are available in three flavors—Lemon, Mint & Honey, and Peach—and contain only 40 calories per serving. The company uses the motto “Stimulate. Sustain. Protect.” making the beverages’ 16 oz. glass bottle packaging a perfect choice for the Bombilla & Gourd brand.

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Can the can hurt you?

Published: 21 December 2006
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

According to Canada.com, Canada’s federal Health Minister, Tony Clement, has initiated a plan that will force soft drink manufacturers and many other industries to “prove their products are not putting the health of Canadians at risk.” According to the article, “Bisphenol A is on a list of about 200 chemicals that must be tested in […]

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Link between chemicals, genetics you’re your health

Published: 20 December 2006
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

According to this article from The Oakland Tribune, a growing number of scientists have begun to question whether “a portion of our susceptibility to various ailments may be established by chemical exposures our mothers and even grandmothers experienced while pregnant.” The Tribune reports that susceptibility to asthma, cancers, infertility and other ailments may be […]

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Getting the bad toxins in you, out

Published: 18 December 2006
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

The debate over the safety of plastics products, specifically over commonly found chemicals in plastics called phthalates, has recently reached several Canadian government officials … on a very personal level. According to this article from the Ottawa Citizen, Environment Minister Rona Ambrose, Health Minister Tony Clement, Liberal environment critic John Godfrey and NDP leader […]

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Safeway to expand private label organic brand line, O Organics

Published: 14 December 2006
Category: Organic Products in Glass

Safeway supermarkets introduced its popular O Organics private label line a year ago, and according to the East Bay Business Times, the line has proven to be so popular that the company will soon be expanding its brand with foods for babies and children aged 6 to 12 years old. Safeway introduced several products […]

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Ted Turner Promotes Sustainable Practices for his Montana Grill restaurants, including using “recyclable glass bottles”

Published: 12 December 2006
Category: Recycling, Sustainability

When Ted Turner, the successful media and now restaurant entrepreneur, opened his national American eateries, Ted’s Montana Grill restaurants, he vowed to offer comfort foods, an inviting 20th century ambiance, and, to use “natural materials”. So, for Ted’s “eco-friendly restaurant”, as he calls it, “menus are printed using recycled paper, no plastics are used […]

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