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We’re All In This Together February 7, 2010

A friend recently said to me, as I was rattling on and on about the importance of eliminating chemicals from our lives, that we are each entitled to our own opinion. I wasn’t quite sure how to take that so I took it as a subtle way of disagreeing with me…

In regards to politics, sushi, or a favorite form of exercise,  a different opinion than me would be ok. But, this topic—–eliminating chemicals from our lives—it’s not OK. We are all in this together. It does matter first and foremost to rid your own  home and school of toxins. But, unless all of us take / make great efforts to denounce  the 80,000 chemicals that contaminate our lives, we are all going to suffer the lousy consequences of toxins polluting our bodies.  If I stop using pesticides on my lawn but none of my neighbors do,  the water supply will stay contaminated. If I demand that diesel buses stop idling, but no other parents do, than all of our children will inhale the carcinogenic fumes. If I insist that only organic cleaning supplies enter my house but none of my relatives and neighbors join in, then toxic agents will still pervade. If I stop using plastic shower curtains but our friends don’t, then 38 poisonous chemical fumes will enter my bloodstream every time I hang out for a cup of coffee.

On that note—the one where we ALL do something– please take 3 minutes to watch this incredible video. There is a way to rid our homes/ schools/ workplaces of chemicals. It’s not complicated and the benefits are astounding for our health.  The ripple effect is truly amazing…..

Here’s to each of us having our own opinion, except for when it comes to chemicals 🙂


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 liner in SIGG bottles January 5, 2010

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!


Give Up the Bottle For A Week November 10, 2009

Filed under: healthy home,healthy water,no more plastic — michelleodonoghue @ 6:09 am

Plastic bottles. All types. Its a really manageable way to start eliminating plastic from your life and a really satisfying way to prove to yourself that you really don’t need to drink from plastic.

Best case scenario: you make it through the week without an ounce of plastic and you continue down the bottle-less road forever.

OK scenario: you make it through the week without any plastic bottles and then you start drinking from plastic again but feel so lousy about it that you eliminate most plastic bottles from now on.

Worst case scenario: you crack and have a cold diet coke in a plastic bottle. There’s always next week and I can guarantee you will feel inspired to try again.

It’s been over 2 weeks since we’ve taken the “no more plastic bottle” pledge and we’ve stayed on course, especially impressive since we’ve been traveling(with kids). In some crazy way it’s made me feel super connected to people and our water supply. When you take the time to ask someone for a cup of tap water, they usually ask why. That leads to all sorts of conversation and before I know it there’s one more person who understands the dangers of plastic and how responsible we all are for fighting this plastic battle.

And the good news to top it all off: wine doesn’t come in a plastic bottle.



Lawn Care situation that ends with a fired landscaper March 19, 2009

Filed under: healthy home,healthy pets,healthy school,healthy water — michelleodonoghue @ 11:15 pm

terrenceJust had an incredibly frustrating landscaper situation, bringing back very bad memories of my pest control situation ( see post # 47).  As we are renting our home in CA we are using the same landscapers that the owners have used for years prior. Wen we first moved in I met with the head guy to go over what he uses on the lawns and the watering schedule. He told me they do not put anything on the lawn, definitely no chemicals. I should have known better but I trusted what he said. it was California after all–the most organic state in the nation.


Today as I brought our new puppy (sooo cute)outside to play, the boss landscaper stopped me to stay that I shouldn’t let my pets or people on lawn for 2 hours b/c they had just put weed killer down. My mouth dropped open. You did what? I told you no chemicals, blah, blah, blah i ranted on and on…..he told me he was so sorry, there were so many weeds, he must have forgotten. he told me he would tell his guys right now to stop and no more ever again.  OK, maybe this was a needed reminder. A few minuted later I peeked outside. Boss was no where in site and his guys were sprinkling something on the lawn. i ran out side to see what it was. A miracle grow weed killer and fertilizer.  i can’t write what came out of my mouth next.

i grabbed the bag he was getting his product out of (with his gloved hands and masked mouth mind you) and read the back. Here is what it said: “toxic to marine life. Hazardous to humans and domestic animals. If ingested call poison control, flush with water immediately if contact with skin….etc……the warnings went on and on.

I had the guy call his boss to come back, he never did. I called him myself and asked how could this happen after we had just had this conversation. He said its just fertilizer, its fine. And that’s when he lost his job. 

on to my organic landscaper hunt… the meantime, never trust people who tell you it is natural. Your health and the health of your pets and children depends on it. I just don’t think that word holds much meaning to people yet.