The Savvy Path

    A Lunchbox Makeover In Three Steps

    By the time your child finishes high school, he or she will have eaten around 2,340 school lunches. That's a lot of baggies and other pieces of plastic thrown in the trash. A more earth friendly lunch is definitely possible, and in the long run it can save you money, too.

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    A Discussion About Microbeads

    This month we’re talking about plastics – the obvious places we find them and the not-so-obvious. One of the sneaky places plastics are lurking is in our beauty products. Not in the packaging, but in the products themselves.

    Let us introduce you to microbeads, the little balls of plastic that are known for their exfoliation and scrubbing abilities that can be found in your face and body washes, and even toothpaste.

    Lindsay Dahl has been working at the forefront of environmental health campaigns since 2004 and is passionate about eliminating toxic chemicals in consumer products through policy and market shifts. She is also a  blogger and self proclaimed rabble-rouser so we talked to her about why we should say “no thank you” to microbeads.

     

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    From Plastic-aholic To Plastic-Free Crusador

    Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too

    A Savvy Bookshelf Recommendation

    Imagine living without our plastic-wrapped-everything. Imagine a world without the convenience of plastic baggies, plastic containers and plastic wrap. How about living without plastic-loaded electronics, toys, and sports equipment?  One woman went beyond just imagining a plastic-free world -- she managed to kick her plastic habit, and now she has so much to teach us from her experience.  Savvy is excited to have Beth join us to answer your questions in our online forum  April 26-28th!

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    Kids, Sports, Schools & Fundraisers

     

     Are you a parent of a baseball, soccer, football or hockey player? A dancer or cheerleader? Volunteering in a troop, chapter or booster?  Pretty soon it will be time to fill out another form and hand over a check. Or maybe you lead or run the fundraiser?  Flip your typical fundraiser of cookie dough or yet-another-candle on its head with this fresh idea:  offer stainless steel reusable bottles with team/school/chapter logos on them!  

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    BPA: The Basics

    The journey toward nontoxic living is akin to standing in the hub of a 10 speed bicycle wheel.  Each degree we turn we see yet another path, another topic, and another area to learn about, sometimes leaving our minds spinning just as fast as that wheel.  No more. We are taking this on together, at a nice pace. 

    The purpose of the Savvy Path is to take a step down one path, one topic a month. We’ll learn what we can, figure out what we need to know, and who we need to support our growth.   (It’s our own getting Savvy version of 99 Bottles of Toxins on the list…“Take one down, pass it around, 98 toxins left on the list…”) 

    For our inaugural, themed month (sound the trumpets) we introduce you to the ubiquitous, Bisphenol A, a.k.a. BPA.

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    Cutting Back on BPA | A Journey Worth Taking

    When I first heard about BPA and its potential to disrupt hormones, I was in disbelief.  After all, I had been drinking from plastic water bottles for years. Surely I would know if plastic- specifically bisphenol A- was harmful!

    However, after our health crisis in 2008, I learned to ask questions about the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. I learned not to assume anything when it comes to toxicity in our environment. 

    Because we were radically altering everything about our lifestyle, the thought of eliminating plastic was overwhelming. But I knew from experience that every change matters, no matter how small.

    Small Changes

    My first step was to eliminate plastic water bottles. After reading that it takes anywhere from 400-1,000 years for one plastic water bottle to decompose, I felt compelled to make the change. I learned that BPA-free didn’t necessarily mean toxin-free. Studies now tell us that the common substitute BPS (bisphenol S) may be just as hazardous. I transitioned to glass (with silicone sleeves) and stainless steel water bottles. They come in handy during the summertime in Arizona!

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