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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

More of what I've been saying.....

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Because I'm a Canadian Girl, Excited About American Politics!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Aluminum reusable bottles have become all the rage. Swiss company Sigg is leading the way with their Nalgene-like stronghold over the market. It seems that every other person is starting to jump on the bandwagon. Still, I'm not convinced.

Aluminum is a neurotoxin. In their simplest form, neurotoxins interfere with neurons. So how does Sigg get around using aluminum for their bottles without serious backlash from the community? Chalk it up to a thin, taste-inert, food-compatible, stove enamel coating on the inside. But, I'm still not convinced.

Something so harmful covered up only by a thin layer? I'd rather not take that chance...

Cheers!

Aluminum.. neurotoxic. Say What?

Monday, January 28, 2008

Here I am, about to embark on something completely amazing and inspiring, and I'm almost at a loss for words.

Almost.

Drinking water is one of the easiest AND most essential things we can do for our bodies. Our bodies are made up of at most 75% water, we thrive on it.

Let me ask you a personal question. What colour is your urine? Is it light or pale yellow, or is it more of an intense yellow or gold? If you answered the latter, then chances are you aren't hydrated enough. Keep in mind that your lungs alone expel two to four cups of water daily (even on a winter day), if your feet sweat, add another cup, and include the number of bathroom breaks you take and it's pretty clear that we need to constantly maintain a level of hydration that most of us fail to accomplish.

But what are our alternatives? Well, there are the polycarbonate bottles the likes of Nalgene. They are fairly affordable ranging anywhere from $9 to $20, they are durable and reusable. But let's take a closer look at this product. Nalgene bottles are made from a material called polycarbonates. Recently there's been a lot of controversy with this material. This is because studies have shown that polycarbonates leach a compound known as bisphenol-A. Now I'm sure most of us are lost at this point. Who really cares as long as you're replenishing your fluids, right? Wrong. Unfortunately bisphenol-A is a fairly harmful compound. I don't even know where to begin, but all you have to do is check out this wiki link to read it for yourself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A

But this compound is so harmful that companies are beginning to recall the bottles confirming what science has been saying for the past few years. So what are our other options.

Well, we then have the infamous bottled water. So convenient, between $2 to $4, recyclable. Really though, how many people recycle everything that is recyclable? Even the Mayor of San Fransisco has gone so far as to ban City funds to purchase single serving bottled water. In fact, 90% of these bottles end up in landfills and not in the recycling. But this isn't the only issue surrounding bottled water. The United States is the largest consumer of bottled water, and it takes approximately 1.5 million barrels of oil per year to make the plastics for the bottles. When the manufacturers burn the oil, carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere and this further adds to the issue of Global Warming. The demand for these bottles is so high that manufacturers don't even care; the only green they care about is what's filling their pockets. But to further hurt the campaign for bottled water is where the water itself comes from and what can sometimes be found in it. Bottled water often has higher levels of bacteria than even tap water. This bacteria is either introduced during the bottling process or was in the water the whole time. Bottled water companies do not adhere to the same filtration processes as that of tap water. In fact, bottled water doesn't go through as intense a filtration as tap water. It may be more convenient, but likely not more beneficial...

So what are we left with? Well, we do have options. And this blog will be all about exploring one option in particular.

Stay tuned as we try to spark a romance between business, the environment, and your health!

I really do believe we can do it!

Cheers!

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