Please pass on the plastic

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Front Page of the NY Times January 21, 2010

Filed under: healthy home,no more plastic — michelleodonoghue @ 5:36 pm
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“U.S. concerned about the risks from a plastic”

The FDA is expressing concerns about possible health risks from BPA.  It’s probably a waste of time to be angry that it took them this long to do something about such a harmful chemical but wow, this disturbs me. BPA has been in question for years. How could they have been ignoring sound scientific studies for so long? We’ve see male rats “turn” female  b/c of this chemical.

Since this FDA study will probably take longer than we like so in the meantime, continue to trust your gut on this one. (and if not your gut, than those of us who have been screaming that this is terrible for you for years) Avoid BPA at all costs–canned goods (sodas, beans, sauces, formula)  and  plastics with #7 (water coolers, older baby bottles, many food storage plastics) on it are the main places it is found.

BPA—Be Pro–Active b/c BPA is really bad for you!



SIGG’s contact form January 7, 2010

Filed under: healthy water,no more plastic — michelleodonoghue @ 12:09 am

I complained, so should you….

SIGG contact info

It sounds like SIGG had a replacement program going but it ended in october. Their new bottles are lined with a BPA-free liner, which they spent a lot of money researching. SIGG denies any wrongdoing stating that there were never any studies that showed leeching. Although that may be true it is still dishonest and disheartening that SIGG messed with their loyal customers and cared more about their bottom line than customer concerns.

The least they could do is give replacement bottles, although at this point, they’ve lost my business for good. (Patagonia has also severed ties with SIGG)


BPA in cans….never, never, never consume (children especially) January 5, 2010

Filed under: healthy baby,no more plastic — michelleodonoghue @ 9:23 pm
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Almost all canned goods have a liner that contains BPA ( a plastic- based material that is known to interfere with hormone production and cause a scary list of disease. ) There are a couple companies, (EDEN bean cans are BPA-free, but their tomato sauces are not, sold at whole foods)  who have figured out ways to preserve their food without the BPA but those are few and far between.  I’ve tried in the past to give up canned goods (beans, sauces) but I never fully succeed b/c it is always so much easier and quicker to make a meal using canned goods. Read article for further info.

As of yesterday, though, I’ve officially given up canned goods. (new years resolution #1). I made my first batch ever of chickpeas, right out of a bag (simmered on the stove for 4 hours then added to the pasta e fagioli soup–yum!)

If any of you have seen Tapped, there is a scientist in the film who claims that BPA will be the issue that dismantles the FDA. His research has shown conclusively that BPA is seriously detrimental to our health, as it only takes very small doses to completely disrupt our hormones. This is not something to take lightly. BPA is dangerous. It has been banned in Canada and most european countries ( i think). Don’t wait until this issue is proven further……eliminate BPA now

This is not simple  but there are major steps you can take to eliminate BPA:

  • buy as much fresh as possible, otherwise choose GLASS
  • make your own sauces and beans (not complicated, just time consuming.) make in large batches, let cool, then freeze in sturdy glass containers.
  • buy frozen vegetables / fruits instead
  • eliminate soda (the new soda makers out there are getting rave reviews. William sonoma has one ($200), as does bloomingdales ($100).
  • no  baby formula from cans, infants and children are so vulnerable to this chemical.
  • NEVER microwave plastic
  • Get in touch with producers of canned goods. Pick one or two of your favorites and let them know BPA is not OK. There is an alternative, about 13% more expensive, to line the can using natural / plant-based ingredients.

Sucks to be lied to about BPA. once again ,this is a demand side story, if customers demand and stop purchasing in the meantime) these companies will have to change their practices.


BPA in liner in SIGG bottles

Filed under: healthy water,no more plastic — michelleodonoghue @ 9:01 pm
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Please read the following article, just released, about BPA existing in the liners of SIGG bottles. Study says BPA was never found to leech in their bottles BUT that is a huge problem just the same.  SIGG should be embarassed by their behavior and figure out some way to make up for their dishonesty. BPA in plastic  is one of the main reasons people were switching to stainless steel containers and it is horrific that an eco-company would lie to us just to improve their bottom line.

(in the past year SIGG has completely changed the BPA liner and now states there is an eco liner w/o any BPA.)  Even if this is true they’ve completely lost my business.

I plan to be in touch with SIGG. You should too. I will share contact info as soon as I have it.

In the meantime, I continue to recommend glass bottles (AQUASANA, please see previous post) and the kleen kanteen (light weight, food grade stainless steel) bottles. Atlas (Tapped) sells the kleen kanteens (not promoting, just disclosing) and although they are made in China, we feel confident they are healthy water bottles.


Will you host a screening of Tapped? January 4, 2010

Filed under: healthy water,no more plastic — michelleodonoghue @ 8:04 pm
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World Water Day is on March 22nd. Tapped is available  ($20) to pre-order and it will be sent out by the end of February, in plenty of time to organize a screening at your home, the kids’s school, a local theatre or library. The hard work has been done. All the research, all the facts are in the film. Help us get the important messages out there —-plastic is slowly but surely ruining our health and the environment. The bottle water companies are desperately trying to take over water supplies in our countries. If they succeed they will control our access to clean drinking water. That is downright scary.

Do something little,(host a screening, write a letter)  do something big, (give up bottled water, join a local government group, show film in large theatre) but please, please, please do something about this water crisis. The problem is not going to go away unless ALL of us demand that our right to water stay free and accessible to all.


  • Order Tapped ($20)
  • Plan a party for March 22nd (serve wine, cheese, NO PLASTIC)
  • Peruse for subject matter on how we can all help
  • Watch the film at the “party”
  • Afterwards, talk about next steps, makes changes, gets a filter, sign a petition, write a letter, etc…..
  • feel like you’ve taken a significant step in alleviating the bottled water crisis

A smashing plastic bottle success story in 2009

an update on the pledge we (Walrath family of 6) took in Oct. 2009 to never drink from a plastic bottle again……

With the exception of one water bottle at a high school football game, WE DID IT!!!!!!  We travelled 8 out of the 10 weekends, attended countless ice hockey games, a karate tournament, a road trip, and we drank only one plastic bottle of water.

I am bragging, I have every right to do so, but mostly my point is that this is possible. We did it by planning a little bit more (fridge always stacked with stainless steel bottles or my favorite, glass aquasana bottles) and every once in a while we suffered a little bit and felt reeeally thirsty (that only happens once or twice until we remembered to never leave home without water) and we occasionally bought a glass bottle of ice tea or juice BUT overall, we just did it.

I enter 2010 so relieved that this doesn’t even have to be a part of my new year’s resolutions. Our family is done with the plastic bottle for good!