Category Archives: Avoiding BPA

Reasons to Support a Ban on Bottled Water

bottles-60479_1280The consumption of bottled water in the United States has exploded over the past few decades. Statistics show that Americans spend billions of dollars each year to buy it. While drinking more water is something that doctors have long suggested as healthy, commercially bottled water may not be any safer than tap. In fact, recent research suggests that plastic bottled water could be cause for concern.

One: A Bottle Issue?

One of the chief reasons to worry about the escalating usage of bottled water is actually the plastic bottle. After the water is bottled, it often sits for months in warehouses and storerooms until it is moved to the shelves of the grocery store or put into the vending machine. Many of these plastic bottles contain chemicals, such a phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA), that have now been linked to some types of cancer, hormonal and developmental abnormalities and other serious health conditions. The longer the water is stored, the greater the risk that these chemicals will leach into the water stored inside.

Two: Bottled Spring Water or Bottled Tap Water?

Thanks to massive ad campaigns, bottled water is often perceived to be a healthier, safer alternative than common tap water. Unfortunately, if you read the fine print on the labels of many of the leading brands, you will find that it is often sourced from “public water sources“, otherwise known as tap water. Public water supplies must undergo regular testing to ensure the safety of the water, even though the bottled water companies do not tell you this.

Three: What Does Everyone Else Know?

The United States is the leading consumer of bottled water, but that doesn’t keep it from lagging behind many other countries who have already taken a hard look at bottled water and decided to do something about it.

Many countries, including France and Canada, have now banned or are in the process of banning BPA from being used in the production of some food-related containers, such as drinking bottles, and some, are actively working on legislation to ban bottled water altogether. In the United States, some municipalities and college campuses have taken up the fight, but as of yet, no national legislation has even been proposed.

Four: It Starts With You

Mopfrog of Brooklyn offers some eco-friendly advice:

  • Ridding the food supply of dangerous chemicals is a task that must begin on a personal level. The first step is to stop supporting the bottled water industry. Re-introduce your family to the convenience and savings associated with choosing tap water, instead of bottled.
  • Outfit each member of the family with an attractive, personalized stainless steel-lined water bottle of their own and help them enjoy learning to use it, instead of grabbing a bottle from a vending machine. If taste is an issue, opt to install an inexpensive filter on the kitchen tap. In addition, consider using the amount of money typically spent on bottled water to save toward a fun family outing as an extra incentive to encourage children to participate.
  • Once you have weaned your family from bottled water, speak with others and encourage them to do the same. Talk to your boss, school administrators and city groups about your concerns and let your senators and congressmen and women know about the risks associated with bottled water.
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Danger in the Cupboard: Why You Should Consider Canning the Can

canned-food2Trying to stay within the budget and eat healthy foods can be a difficult juggling act that causes many people to rely heavily on canned foods, especially in areas where the growing season is short or where it is difficult to find affordable fresh foods. While not as healthy as fresh, organically grown foods, canned fruits, vegetables and meats can be a viable alternative, but only if the canning process does not expose the consumer to harmful substances, such as BPA.

What is BPA?

Bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, is found in many of the plastics and resins used in the food manufacturing industry. In canned foods, BPA is often found in the epoxy resin coating that lines the interior of the cans. In addition, food and beverage industries also use this substance to coat the interior of jar and bottle lids.

An Endocrine Inhibitor

Although BPA is known to be an endocrine inhibitor, the Food and Drug Administration’s current stance is that it is safe for use in the food supply at low levels of exposure. This stance, however, is under review due to multiple concerns that exposure to BPA can damage the brain and prostrate glands of unborn children, as well as causing health and development issues for infants and older children.

In addition, numerous scientific studies have now linked BPA exposure to serious health and developmental issues, such as obesity, cancer of the breast and prostrate gland, early-onset puberty, ADHD and other serious conditions. Other countries have taken an even more aggressive stance to BPA, such as France’s 2015 decision to ban the use of BPA in all food containers. Unlike the United States, many countries around the world have, or are in the process of, banning this dangerous substance for food-related uses.

Choose to Protect Your Family While Shopping

While choosing fresh, organically grown foods is always the most healthful option, there are times when having a supply of easily stored foods is desirable, especially in busy households. To keep BPA out of your family’s food, Mopfrog of Atlantic City, suggests shopping for dried or frozen foods instead of canned whenever possible. Additionally, when fresh is not an option, look for products that are packaged in glass jars or cardboard cartons, instead of plastic.

Consider Processing Your Own Foods at Home

Another excellent way to eliminate BPA from your food supply and reap the convenience benefits of canned foods is to learn to process fruits, vegetables and even meats at home. Unlike what you may have heard, home canning is safe and enjoyable. When foods are properly processed and sealed using approved, sanitary methods, they retain their taste, color and nutrition just as reliably as commercially canned goods.

In addition, canning at home allows families to improve their level of food security by purchasing large quantities of fresh, locally grown foods and canning them for use throughout the year. The movement toward home canning is growing, as more families choose to move away from chemical-laden commercially produced foods and opt instead for the health, taste, value and nutrition of fresh, organic foods.

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Gain a Healthier Home Environment

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Most of us are able to accomplish our work and creative goals more easily when our desks, labs or studios are not cluttered with unnecessary items. The same principle also applies to our home environments. A home that is uncomfortably full or cluttered with unneeded objects will crowd out rest and relaxation, raising unhealthy stress levels in the process. If your home is looking a bit cluttered, start detoxifying it now by eliminating the following unnecessary, and very unhealthy, items in every area of your home.

  • Bottled water – Unnecessary at best and unhealthy at worst, bottled water takes up space in our homes and clogs our environment with ton after ton of dangerous plastic. Free your home from the clutter of bottled water by installing a good quality water filter on your kitchen faucet for a simpler, less expensive and much safer source of drinking water. 
    Furthermore, studies suggest that the plastic in water bottles may pose health risks as many bottles contain phthalates, which are popular endocrine disruptors.
  • Vinyl – Polyvinyl chloride or vinyl (PVC) shows up in many areas of our homes, from building materials and children’s toys to shower curtains, raincoats and even nail polish. Products made with PVC often give off a chemical odor, especially when new, that is called off-gassing. This means that the chemical is being released from the vinyl into the environment of your home where family members breathe it in. To free yourself and your home from this unnecessary substance, avoid vinyl and plastic products as much as possible and choose more environmentally friendly choices, instead such as natural fibers and materials.
  • Commercially canned foods – Many types of commercially canned foods, such as fruits, vegetables, soups and stews are processed inside cans lined with bisphenol A (BHA). Believed to affect the development of the brain and certain glands in fetuses, infants and small children, BPA has been used in the plastics industry for nearly a century. While eliminating it from our lives may not be possible at this point due to the amount of plastic we come into contact with each day, it is possible to prevent ingesting it just by making some changes in the way we shop for and prepare foods. Eliminating canned foods and replacing them with wholesome, fresh foods will help to prevent BPA exposure in your family’s home environment.

Most homes are filled with unnecessary and unhealthy items such as these. If you would like to simplify your life and create a much healthier home environment for your family, call Mopfrog of North Buckhead now and ask them give your home a top-to-bottom, all-natural cleaning designed to ensure that your home looks, smells and feels as clean and healthy as possible.

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