BPA and Why It Should Be Avoided

Bisphenol A, or BPA, is one of those things that a lot of people know exists and is bad, but are not really sure why. How many times were you told a product is bad, but still used it anyways because, I mean, how bad can it really be if it’s being sold on the market? I know I am guilty of that! So, today I want to shine a little bit of light on what BPA is and some reasons why it is harmful and should be avoided when possible. What is BPA? Bisphenol A, or BPA is a synthetic Estrogen chemical compound, or manmade chemical compound with Estrogen properties. A synthetic chemical is a man-made, unnatural chemical compound formed through a chemical process. As one of the highest produced synthetic chemicals in the world, it is currently a 6 billion dollar industry. BPA is commonly found in almost all plastic products on the […]

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Be Zero Non-Profit Organization: Earth Week Day 4

Happy Earth Week! “Producing less trash does more than just help the environment. By moving from a disposable consumer lifestyle to a reusable consumer lifestyle, you’ll simplify your belongings, create healthier and more meaningful experiences, and become an informed and empowered consumer.” — Andrea Sanders, Founder & Director of Be Zero Earth Week Day 4 Be Zero Non-Profit Organization Today I want to shine light on the non-profit organization, Be Zero. Founded by Andrea Sanders, Be Zero is an excellent source for all things Zero Waste and Community involvement. The organization’s website shares a 30 Day Zero Waste Challenge, Make Less Trash Guide, and Zero Waste Blog. These are great resources for guiding you along your Zero Waste journey! Be Zero is where my Zero Waste journey began. Thanks to Andrea, I learned a great deal about recycling, community involvement, sustainable alternatives, and ways to lessen how much waste I generate. Andrea is an incredibly knowledgeable and genuine person who […]

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The Cost of Silence and Learned Helplessness

Today I am referencing the incredibly inspiring book, Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction In Challenging Times. While there are many eye-opening, perspective broadening topics in this book, I want to focus on two topics that really hit home: The Cost of Silence & Learned Helplessness. Real Talk Maybe you have never had this problem, but I have certainly spent a significant amount of valuable time in my one life feeling voiceless and helpless to the world. With focus on my Zero Waste journey, I was once told, “Aww… Kathleen, you know you can’t change the world, right?” Hey, I never said I single-handedly could change the world, I simply believe that my efforts, along with other Zero Waste advocates will make a difference and lead to global change! If you have ever had someone undermine you, your passion, or your potential before, you will understand how bad it hurts to hear those words.  I felt embarrassed and helpless, therefore, fell silent…again. To […]

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The Myth of Recycling

The idea of recycling is great! Someone comes to collect our recyclables, or you have to drop off your materials at a center, and then the centers will do all the work to make the products good as new again! Incidentally, that is not how it works. Recycling is not the perfect solution we think it is. Let us examine what about recycling makes it a bit of a myth.   Inconsistencies in Recycling The first thing to understand is that recycling is a for-profit business. Furthermore, the buying and selling of recycled materials occurs so businesses can generate a profit. Recycling centers try to sell the materials they collected from us to other companies. If companies do not want what the recycling centers have to offer, the recycling centers do not generate revenue. The centers need to make room for new or different materials that will bring in money, so they discard the unwanted. The demand for certain […]

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The Four Dog Defense: Distraction and Deception

Happy Doc Monday! Today’s Documentary Focus: The Human Experiment While this documentary is excellent for many reasons (real life examples from various effects of synthetic chemicals in consumer products, for example), today I want to shine light on one topic from this film: the Four Dog Defense tactic. Distraction and deception is the foundation of the Four Dog Defense.   Distraction and Deception: The Four Dog Defense Let us look more into the Four Dog Defense tactic that companies have been commonly using when scientists, health advocates, and concerned consumers began voicing their concerns for the use of man-made industrial toxic chemicals in consumer products. First Defense: “My dog does not bite.” The company denies its product is harmful. As consumers, we implicitly trust that companies will be honest and provide safe products. Companies will simply deny and discredit scientists and studies suggesting or proving their products are harmful. Without any relationship being established, a blind trust commonly exists […]

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