Campaign takes a bite out of food packaging waste






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Platos Table food containerPlatos Table announces a grassroots community campaign to eliminate single-use food containers in restaurants in St. Petersburg, FL, targeting polystyrene, brand name Styrofoam. Over 20 local restaurants and food markets have joined this unique campaign by posting a decal in their storefront windows designating them as Reuser sites that will support diners using their own containers for take-out. In return for saving the restaurant the cost of the container and helping the restaurant go green, the diner will receive some incentive, like a reduced meal cost or free drink. The restaurants are listed and updated on the website created especially for this campaign, http://www.reusers.com. Diners are encouraged to check out the list for Reuser sites and incentives, prior to dining.

 

Platos Table LLC, a women-owned small business in St. Petersburg, FL, the originator of this local campaign, is making inroads in eliminating take-out food container waste, especially polystyrene foam, sometimes sold under the brand name Styrofoam. “The appeal of single-use containers is convenience and low cost; the drawbacks are huge,” says Sheree Graves, one of the partners in Platos Table. “In the U.S., consumers are renowned single-users. The fact is that packaging makes up 30% of the trash in our landfills; that 30% is comprised of polystyrene foam, plastic and paper.” The EPA on its website “encourages practices that reduce the amount of waste needing to be disposed of, especially single-use packaging. The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place.”

 

Graves and her business partner, Lela Garnett, decided in 2011, to invent a convenient container that could be used over and over. After looking at many materials, their choice was BPA-free polypropylene food grade plastic. Garnett says, “The unique design folds flat for storage and pops together; it is important that using the container (called Platos) is convenient, because it is replacing convenient single-use containers. This is a behavior change for the diner and a process change for the restaurant; neither is easy or cost-free.”

 

Over 100 cities and counties have banned polystyrene containers. This year in February, NY Mayor Bloomberg announced in his weekly city address that he was going to push to ban Styrofoam food packaging. Some of the oldest polystyrene bans in restaurants include Portland, OR, Berkley, CA and Carmel, CA, all dating the late eighties. Philadelphia and Boston are considering ordinances banning the foam products and Chicago has a non-profit effort called “No Foam Chicago.”

 

The effort in St. Petersburg does not involve an ordinance or a complete ban. It is a volunteer effort that involves individuals and businesses cooperating. The St. Petersburg, FL campaign will kick off with an event on April 3, at which the initial list of local restaurant and market participants will be unveiled.

 

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PACKAGING BRIEFS Monday, March 11






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IoPP Ontario Chapter presents local packaging show
IoPP 2013 Ontario chapter exhibitorsThe Ontario chapter of the Institute of Packaging Professionals is producing a packaging show (scheduled Tuesday, April 16, noon to 5 pm at the Centre for Health & Safety Innovation in Missisauga) that is designed to bring together suppliers and packaging professionals. The theme of the event is “100 mile Packaging : Local Innovation for Global Change.” Exhibitors include Atlantic Packaging, Blow Mold Tooling, Deco Label Systems, Deco Label Systems, Independent Corrugator Inc, Jones Packaging, Lintec Label & Print Solution, Pano Cap, Roda Packaging, Saxco International, Speedway Packaging , Sleever International, Smurfit Kappa Bag in Box, Viva Healthcare Packaging and others. For more information or to register, click here.

 

Rexam aims to cut environmental impact with modular conveyors
Packaging manufacturer Rexam has installed DynaCon modular conveyor systems from Dynamic Conveyor at its Union, MO plant, which produces 1.2 billion thermal formed high barrier food containers per year. The conveyors are aimed to help the facility meet its zero scrap-waste goals by increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of its scrap transport. The equipment reportedly helps increase the facility’s sustainability because they weigh less and require less effort to move, and they help reduce emissions.

 

Awards recognize personal care packaging excellence
HBA Global Expo is accepting nominations for its annual IPDA (International Package Design Awards) on its website. The program honors the year’s most innovative beauty packaging in several categories including cosmetics, fragrance, personal care, skin care and innovations in sustainability. Categories for Hair Care, Sampling/Travel Size products, and At-Home Devices and Tools have also been added to the program. Any size company can submit designs that are introduced for retail from June 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013, including suppliers, design firms, public relations and marketing agencies, and brand manufacturers. Designs that have been re-freshed, improved, or offer new features or technologies are also eligible to participate. The deadline for IPDA submissions is March 22, 2013. Finalists for the IPDA Awards are announced in early May and the Category Winners and the Grand Award will be revealed during the HBA Global Expo & Conference June 18 – 20, 2013 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York

 

International Paper partners to save 200,000 acres of forest
International Paper, a company that provides packaging paper and materials, has gifted $7.5 million to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to help conserve and restore southern forestlands, an effort aimed to help restore, protect and enhance 200,000 acres of forests across eight southern states–the low country of North and South Carolina, the Cumberland plateau in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia, and the piney woods on the Louisiana-Texas border. International Paper has nine mills and several other facilities located in these regions, affording IP employees an opportunity for hands-on conservation contributions in their local areas.
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Go Green And Use High-Quality Plastic Containers

Go Green And Use High-Quality Plastic Containers

We have gotten far better at recycling and reusing products in an effort to save our planet. But, let’s face it, there are some things, such as plastic wrap, resealable bags and even aluminum foil, that are almost impossible to reuse. Most towns want clean aluminum foil, which means ninety percent of the foil used in most households cannot be recycled. All those bags and cling wrap go into the trash and clog our landfills.

More recently, companies have been developing so-called reusable, disposable plastic containers. They have that little “recyclable” symbol on them, but very few facilities are set up to recycle No. 5 plastics. So where do they end up? In landfills. That little number on the triangle included in most plastic products is a clear indication whether a product can be recycled or not. Yes, No. 5 plastics are considered recyclable, but most municipal recycling programs only accept No. 1 and No. 2 products.

Here’s another thing to consider: While we’re all being good samaritans by recycling everything under the sun, the market for recyclables is nearly saturated. Instead of being recycled, municipalities are stock-pilings tons of plastic and glass bottles and containers waiting for the day when someone will actually want them. In the end, the result is the same: a landfill stuffed with glass and plastic.

What’s the answer, then? Buy something you don’t have to throw away after just a few uses. The best way to go green with your food storage is to use high-quality food storage containers that will last for years. It’s the way we used to store food before convenience overtook common sense. Long-lasting plastic containers got their start back in the 1945 when Earl Tupper recognized that the invention of a new plastic, Polyethylene, could mean the start of something big. He started producing plastic bathroom cups in a variety of colors and then introduced the lidded bowl. Much innovation has happened over the years, with more and more variety and versatility now included in today’s container selection. You name it, you can find a container that can store it—and store it much longer than older containers. Many companies have come up with their own lines of plastic containers to compete with the famous Tupperware, which even after more than 60 years continues to be the industry standard.

Most recently came the advent of the disposable container. Thankfully, eco-friendly awareness is bringing back some common sense and more and more people are recognizing not only the economic benefits of buying good food containers, but also the environmental ones.

In fact, one major university is urging its students to use reusable food containers and ditch the disposable ones that have become quite popular among the dorm-living set. More glass containers are popping up, but many moms worry about breaking glass. You’re not going to send a five-year-old with a glass container filled with carrot sticks to class. The most environmentally friendly and safe alternative is plastic storage containers.

Jamison & Krista Alexander are the owners of http://www.keepmyfoodfresh.com and they promote great quality food storage containers.

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Top 50 Things to Recycle and Re-use

Top 50 Things to Recycle and Re-use

 But in reality, you can recycle almost anything. Here is a list of 50 common things you can recycle.

1. Cars – Instead of selling your car or sending it to the junk yard, donate it to a charitable organization. Not only will you keep the car out of the landfill, you will receive a tax deduction as well.

2. Clothes – Clothes are one of the easiest things to recycle as so many charitable organizations will accept them such as Goodwill, Veteran’s Support Groups and most churches. In addition, you can possibly sell them at a consignment shop if they are still in good shape and in style.

3. Christmas Trees – Most local city governments set up Christmas Tree recycling drop off’s across the community after Christmas. They will accept the trees free of charge. The trees are generally turned into mulch which is then used in city parks.

4. Food – yes food. Start a compose heap in your backyard. Instead of throwing old food in the trash, throw it in the compost heap. You can use it to fertilize your garden.

5. Food Containers – Before throwing a food container in the trash, check the label to see if it is able to be recycled. Glass jars and bottles, cardboard boxes such as some cereal boxes and paper wrappers can all be recycled in many cases.

6. Computers – If your computer still works, you can donate it to a local library, school system or charity. If it no longer operates, contact your local recycling center. In addition, you can contact a local electronics retailer to see if they have a computer recycling program.

7. Cell phones – There are numerous charities that accept cell phones – notably many charities that assist women. In addition, many companies that can be found online will pay you for your used cell phone if it still works. Finally, cell phone can be recycled for their parts which are re-used in new cell phones.

8. Smoke detectors – Some smoke detectors can be returned to the manufacturer. Check with your manufacturer to see if the recycle your particular model. Some smoke detectors are considered hazardous waste because they contain small traces of Americium 241. If this is the case the manufacturer will recommend they’re disposed of as hazardous waste.

9. Ink Cartridges – Many office supply stores will take these. Some pay per cartridge. Check with you local office supply store.

10. Tires – Tires are horrible for landfills as they take up a lot of space, can leach dangerous chemicals over time and can pose a fire hazard. Tires are taken by local recycling centers and can be used for a variety of purposes such as be shredded for rubber mulch, recycled into new tires, and recycled into rubber containers.

11. Telephones – There are places willing to buy back or accept donations of old telephones. These places refurbish old phones or use the parts and casings for other things. To find out how to dispose of your old telephones, do an Internet search.

12. Magazines – Since magazines are made of paper, all recycling centers and local curbside recycling services will accept them. You can also donate them to local schools or libraries.

13. Foam Packing Material – Most shipping businesses will take your old foam packing material. They will not pay you for it, but the material will be reused.

14. Fluorescent Bulbs – Fluorescent light bulbs contain Mercury which is considered hazardous waste. The mercury in bulbs can be used to make new bulbs. Don’t throw your bulbs in the trash, contact your local recycling center to ask for their hazardous waste recommendations. Also, many hardware and home improvement stores will accept fluorescent bulbs for recycling.

15. Paint – Paint is considered hazardous waste. You cannot dispose of paint by dumping it down a drain or storm sewer. Many recycling centers accept paint which can be blended into some fuels at different manufacturing facilities.

16. PDAs – Recycling PDAs is similar to cell phone recycling. They can be given to charities, exchanged for cash on some sites, or truly recycled for their parts.

17. Motor Oil – If you change your own oil, please don’t pour it down the drain, into a storm sewer or onto the ground. Most oil change and auto parts store will take your used oil for free. They use it to convert back into usable oil products.

18. Bathtubs, toilets and sinks – Many salvage stores will purchase old bathroom fixtures. Contact your local recycling organization to learn how to drop off used fixtures.

19. Books – Books can be donated to schools, libraries and other charities. They can also be recycled at your local recycling center or in your local curbside recycling program.

20. Carpets, Rugs, Padding – There are places that will try to recycle used carpets and rugs rather than toss them into landfill. Check online with the Carpet America Recovery Effort, UGA Carpet Recycling Resource, the California Integrated Waste Management Board or any other number of organizations geared towards recycling.

21. Batteries – If you’re not already using rechargeable batteries, please consider doing so. Most recycling centers will accept batteries, depending on the type. Most auto parts stores will accept car batteries. If you buy a new battery from them, they will give you a discount off the new battery if you bring in your old battery.

22. Plastic Bags – Every supermarket has a bin located at the front for dropping off your plastic bags, even those that are torn. You can also make things from old supermarket plastic bags.

23. CDs/DVDs/Game Discs – There are various for profit businesses that buy or trade used CDs and DVDs and game discs. There are also some businesses that will take scratched discs and refurbish them for resale. Even if they do not pay you for the discs, they will not go into a landfill.

24. Clothing Hangars – Most dry cleaners will accept used clothes hangers. That is the easiest way to recycle them to be used again.

25. Mattresses – Mattresses can be recycled. They’re cleaned, sanitized, re-stuffed and resold or donated to charitable organizations and homeless shelters. For a mattress recycler near you do an Internet search, they’re all over.

26. Leaves – Use your leaves for compost and mulch.

27. Barbecue propane tanks – When refilling your propane tank, most refillers will use your old tank. If you must get rid of a tank, contact your local natural gas and/or propane supply company as they will take them free of charge, even if they are rusted out and/or leak.

28. Sewing machines – Sewing machines can be recycled anywhere that takes scrap metal.

29. Styrofoam containers – Can be recycled at local recycling centers and or local curbside recycling pickup.

30. Televisions – Old TVs fill landfills and can leak dangerous chemicals harmful to animals and humans. If the TV works, you can sell it or give it to charity. If it does not work, most local recycling centers take them free of charge. If you buy a new TV, most TV retailers will also dispose of the TV free of charge.

31. Fencing – Contact your local recycling center or bulk waste center to learn how to dispose of your old fencing material.

32. Fire extinguishers – Contact your hazardous waste center to learn how to recycle your fire extinguisher.

33. Grass clippings – Use your old grass clippings for mulch and compost. Dried grass can also be used to line certain small animal cages.

34. Aluminum cans. What? People have been using their foreheads to crush cans for recycling for, well, a long time. Surely they know what to do with them after that. (I know YOU do!)

35. Old Toys – Toys for Tots collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. http://www.toysfortots.org/

36. Fluorescent Bulbs – Fluorescent light bulbs contain Mercury which is considered hazardous waste. The mercury in bulbs can be used to make new bulbs. Don’t throw your bulbs in the trash, contact your local recycling center to ask for their hazardous waste recommendations. Also, many hardware and home improvement stores will accept fluorescent bulbs for recycling.

37. Paper – Paper of all kinds can be recycling including notebook paper, newspapers, food packaging, etc… All recycling centers take paper and most communities now have recycling programs with curb side pick-up for paper.

38. Cardboard boxes – Many local non-profits and will take them for their personal us. If your workplace collects at least 100 boxes or more each month, UsedCardboardBoxes.com accepts them for resale.

39. Shoes – Charities and thrift shops will accept shoes which can still be used. Nike also has a used show program that sends used athletic shows to Africa and Latin America.

40. Clothes – Clothes are one of the easiest things to recycle as so many charitable organizations will accept them such as Goodwill, Veteran’s Support Groups and most churches.

41. Toothbrushes and Razors – Plastic ones can be recycled back into plastic or plastic lumber.

42. Scrap Metal – Not only can you recycle it, you can earn from it. Scrap metal from construction projects, home remodeling, demolition, etc…

43. Glass – Recycling glass containers of any type is generally about 33% more efficient than producing it from scratch. This saves energy consumption which reduces carbon emissions.

44. Old Jewelry – Most jewelry can be melted down and refashioned into something new for you. Recycle your jewelry and get a new fashion piece at the same time.

45. Wine Corks – Some flooring companies will take used wine corks and turn them into cork flooring. Help build a house with your old wine corks.

46. Old Christmas Lights – How many times have you pulled out the Christmas lights from last year and they did not work? Instead of throwing them away, recycle them. Some lighting companies will take them.

47. Appliances – Washers, dryers, stoves and refrigerators are accepted by local thrift shop or charitable organizations of they still work. If not, take them to your local recycling center. They will tear them apart to recycle the various parts such as the metal.

48. Eyeglasses -Old glasses can be donated to many charitable organizations. If you do not know of any, your eye doctor will also take them and send them to a deserving charity.

49. Phone Books – Most recycling centers will accept phone books. If not, when new phone books are delivered each year, the phone book company will set up recycling areas around the community to take the old phone books. Otherwise contact the closest Project ReDirectory center.

50. Hearing Aids – Like eyeglasses, there are many people in need of hearing aids who can’t afford them. Donate your old hearing aids to a variety of charities.

To learn more about Recycling in general, visit http://www.RecyclingCenters.org
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So What if you Have an Organised Kitchen? ? Part 2

So What if you Have an Organised Kitchen? ? Part 2

Nowadays, many kitchen models boasts of spaciousness: spacious cabinets, spacious cupboards, inexhaustible drawers. We just can’t get enough of space. And yet, what we didn’t know is that we have all the space we need in our kitchens if we only knew how to maximise them.

Here’s part two of things you can do towards a kitchen you won’t lose your way in.

1. Keep them Contained!

Admit it, the first thing that comes to mind: Tupperware. Although of course, there are now lots of sorts of resealable food containers in the market today, stackable, watertight, and airtight, and in a wide variety of colours to complement your kitchen.

Obviously, your pantry is where foodstuffs are kept, so your main goal is to store them in such a way that they last longer. But keeping them from spoiling is one thing; making them accessible is another. Often, we store foods so well that we eventually forget them, and only remember when they’ve expired and inedible already. This of course defeats the purpose of storing foods in the first place.

Store each item then so that it is easily visible and reachable. Group them together whenever possible (you can enlist your kids’ help on this one), and have their labels, especially for canned goods, up front so that they’re easily read. Finally, discard foods that have passed their expiration dates or are more than a year old.

2. Use Jars, Bottles, Nooks in Walls, Ceilings to Your Advantage.

Store gravy packets, seasoning packets, etc. in a small, clear plastic or glass containers for easy access.

Line up boxes with their sides facing front. If possible, store the most often used items at eye level. Store heavy items, such as boxes of ‘long life’ juice, milk, and cordials on a lower shelf.

Choose a lower shelf for paper storage, cling wraps, foil etc. If you have school-age children who take their lunch to school, create an area in your kitchen for lunch making. Stock it with lunch boxes and/or brown bags, plastic wraps/bags, thermos containers, drink bottles and small food containers. For after school and weekends, create a snack shelf of parent-approved treats for children.

If you have extra wall space, consider storage hanging hooks, a notice board, and other helpful organising items.

Purchase handy space saving products such as stacking containers, and sturdy baskets for onions, garlic, and potatoes.

Organise spices which you use most often in the front row. If you have a shallow drawer near your stove, consider laying all of your small spice jars in there. Place them label side up so it is easy to view them all at once. Most dried spices lose their flavour in six months.

Any miscellaneous items can be stored labelled shoeboxes and use them to store items such as biscuit cutters, candles, appliance accessories, matches, batteries, and smaller items. Square containers take up less space and fit more efficiently on shelves than round ones. Place hooks inside a cabinet door to small utensils on. This will help to clear drawer space.

Anything that is still in good condition and can be sold, auctioned, or given away. If you feel that you have appliances that are in ‘as new’ condition and too good to throw out, consider OzFreeOnline.com. Log on and check out their free classified section where you can advertise anything you no longer have use for. Feeling generous then donate all the stuff you are no longer using by giving them to the salvos.org.au, or auctioning them off at OzFreeOnline.com

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Bio-degradable Food Packaging

Bio-degradable Food Packaging

Environment is an important area of concern for every person, community and organization today. Every industry, every occasion, every celebration and every venture today has to essentially address the environmental issues that fall in its purview and scope of operation. Organizations, government and big brands are even going a step forward with this, by making every possible to move towards maintaining a neat and livable environment for the generations to come. Going green and efforts towards maintaining and preserving the flora and fauna of the earth are an indispensable part of every corporate social responsibility initiative.

Biodegradable Food Packaging

Food packaging is a huge industry today. Efforts on part of the food packaging industry to go green are sure to bring about positive changes. Biodegradable food packaging is a new trend that has found popularity among the consumers as well. Their are lighter, easy to dispose off and cheap option as compared to the regular food packaging options.

Important biodegradable food packaging options include biodegradable containers, trays and paper bags and pouches. All of these packaging utilities are used for packing different kinds of food products. Nylon films, OPP films and metallized films are some of major packaging films used in food packaging materials.

Biodegradable Food Packaging Trays

Biodegradable food packaging trays are mostly being used for packing fresh vegetables and fruits. These biodegradable food packaging trays have really boosted the sale of special fruits and vegetables because of the visual appeal and the small packs, which make some expensive fruits and vegetables affordable. Such packagings also keep food products fresh and clean.

Biodegradable Food Containers

Biodegradable food containers are used primarily for packing food and transporting it. Biodegradable food containers are used mainly for delivery purposes and food storing purposes. Also for packaging dairy products and other canned food, biodegradable food containers have proved to be a successful replacement.

Biodegradable Food Packaging Paper Bags & Pouches

Biodegradable paper bags are used mainly for carrying food. Some of the popular brands in the food industry have shifted to paper bags for example Mac Donald’s.

Know more about films used for food packaging and packaging for various industries at Packaging Films, a B2B portal dealing in films, rolls, laminates and complete list of film packaging materials and products.

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How to Organize Your Kitchen on a Budget

How to Organize Your Kitchen on a Budget

There are many things that you already have in your home that you can use to organize your kitchen. All it takes is a little creativity and imagination.

Old food containers
Yogurt containers are especially helpful for storing small things like corn holders, twist ties, toothpicks, rubber bands, paper clips and push pins. Take a black marker and write down on the lid of the container what is inside. That way you do not have to open it to figure out what you put in the container.

Larger plastic containers from things like margarine work great for helping you organize sauce packets or spice packets. When you use this to organize your kitchen, make sure to store the same kind of packets together. If you have several containers with different types of packets, labeling the side of the container works great.

Glass jars from spaghetti sauce, jelly, olives, pickles or mayonnaise work great for storing items as well. The great part about glass jars is that you can see what is inside so there is no need to bother with labeling them.

Using cardboard as drawer dividers
I have used this one myself before and it works great. Measure the drawer to make sure that you cut the cardboard the right size and then just cut a sturdy piece of cardboard to fit in the drawer. In order to make it look better, wrap each divider in some standard brown craft paper. This is a great way to organize your kitchen drawers and it does not cost a cent.

Shoe boxes
Shoe boxes are my favorite organizing tool. My preference is to use the basic plastic shoe boxes that you can find very inexpensively in stores but you can use traditional cardboard shoe boxes just as easily. I like the plastic shoe boxes because you can easily see the contents inside and often then do not have to label anything. If you decide to use the traditional cardboard shoe boxes, it makes it easier (and makes it look nicer) if you cover them in brown craft paper and label the outside.

When I organize my kitchen, I use shoe boxes for organizing oatmeal packets, granola bars, pastas and a whole lot more. They keep your cupboards neat and are easily stackable so you can maximize the use of your space.

So look around your home and see what else you have in your home that you can use to organize your kitchen. All it takes is a little creativity. For more kitchen organization solutions, go to http://www.yourhomeisorganized.com/KitchenOrganization.htm

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Recycled Plastic Buckets Of Toxic Experts Teach You To Identify Ways

Recycled Plastic Buckets Of Toxic Experts Teach You To Identify Ways

With the weather warming, the gradual increase in sales of bottled water. However, a recent interview with reporters found that many consumers do not care about whether the installation of water bottles to obtain food production licenses. Without evidence of plastic bottles recycled materials may be produced. Recycled plastic bottle itself is very unhealthy, if it is used to hold water bottle carrying toxic and hazardous substances will be transmitted to humans through water, to cause chronic organ damage, long-term use may even be carcinogenic.

    It is understood that “industrial products production license management Regulations,” stipulates that any business not obtained the production license must not produce the products included in the directory, no unit or individual shall not be sold or used in operating activities, the column has not obtained the production license into the directory products. Plastic bottles have been included in the first batch of tools for food containers such as plastic products production license catalog.

    Since January 1, 2008, the State General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection in a nationwide investigation without the production license of the production and sales behavior. However, some smaller scale, conditions fail to produce evidence required by enterprises, in order to earn huge profits could secretly use of renewable materials production and sales.

    Quality supervision, experts say, consumers buy bottled water should be carefully observed, qualified more transparent and smooth appearance of bottled bucket, bottle body are pale blue or white, no impurities, no black spots, sides of the bottle with your fingers tapping sounds crisp toughness stronger; generally use non-toxic plastic bottle packaging, bottle-type beautiful workmanship. The use of waste materials and some bottles, old CDs, medical waste transmission pipe made of plastic bottles, etc., rough appearance was dark blue or milky white, transparency, poor, sidewall with impurities and spots, sounds boring, easy to crack and deformation.

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Boosting Fertility: Protecting Yourself from Plastics

Boosting Fertility: Protecting Yourself from Plastics

We drink from plastic bottles and use plastic food wraps all the time but a growing number of scientists are getting concerned about the safety of these products, along with tin cans and dental sealants.


This is because some substances in certain plastics used to make various products have been shown to have substances such as nonylphenol and octylphenol, biphenolic compounds and phthalates which can have a negative effect on reproductive hormones and fertility.


One such chemical is bisphenol-A, a synthetic oestrogen used in the manufacture of many food containers, cans and baby bottles and dental sealants.


To illustrate the power of this chemical, some male workers developed breasts after inhaling dust containing bisphenol-A and one study showed that women with a history of miscarriage can have as much as three times the chemical bisphenol-A in their blood compared to women who have never miscarried.


Other research has raised questions about the safety of cling film made of a type of plastic called polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which contains plasticisers. Some animal studies suggest that PVC may be an endocrine or hormone disruptor.


Other research on phthalates – chemicals which are used in commercial products as softeners of plastics, solvents in perfumes and additives to hair sprays, lubricants and insect repellents – has shown that they have the potential to be reproductive toxins.


Until we know more about the effects of common plastics on our reproductive health use the simple strategies below to protect yourself:


– Use plastic wraps and cookware made of polyethylene which doesn’t contain plasticisers. If the product doesn’t make this clear, don’t buy it.


– When you reheat or cook food don’t let plastic wrap touch it.


– Don’t wrap food in cling film; use paper instead. Immediately remove cling film wrap from food you buy and transfer them to a bag or container. Better yet ask the person on the deli to wrap your food in paper.


– Don’t store fatty food in plastic wrap. Xenoestrogens are lipophilic (fat loving) and will tend to leach into foods with a high fat content.


– If you buy hard cheese wrapped in plastic use a knife to shave off the surface layer


– Avoid food that needs to be microwaved in a plastic container. Better still avoid microwaving food altogether.


– Use glass bottles. Cans and plastic bottles of fizzy drink contain six times the amount of aluminium compared to the same beverages in glass bottles. There is always a small amount of residue that dissolves into drinks from the lining of a can or from a plastic bottle. Glass bottles are much better than plastic.


– Refill your own non-plastic water bottle instead of using toxic plastic water bottles. While it’s good for your health to carry your own water and drink it throughout the day, if it’s in a clear polycarbonate plastic bottle, it can be leaching a toxic substance into your water-even if the bottle is sitting on table at room temperature.

Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD ‘marilynglenville.com‘ is the UK’s leading nutritionist specialising in women’s health.
Marilyn is the author of 8 international best-selling books including ‘Natural Solutions to Infertility‘, and her latest book ‘Getting Pregnant – Faster‘.

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Benefits of Kids Stainless Steel Bottle

Benefits of Kids Stainless Steel Bottle

Both stainless steel water bottles and the traditional plastic bottles are available in the market. But market research has shown that the customers prefer to buy stainless steel bottles. The insulated stainless steel bottle or stainless steel sippy is more popular among kids and adults nowadays because it provides healthy lives to them.

Kids Stainless Steel Bottle – Sizes and Colors

With a wide range of sizes, shapes and colors, these bottles are available in the market to give you numerous options. Their sizes may vary to customize the requirements of kids. Unlike the traditional plastic bottles, kids stainless steel bottles are eco-friendly, 100% recyclable and useful for a longer period. You can search out for these steel bottles on Internet, order them according to your choice and buy them at discounted rates. There are some leading websites providing these water bottles at heavy discounts.

Properties

Kids stainless steel bottle is so durable, easy to clean, non hazardous and heat up quickly than the traditional plastic bottle. It is made up of pure elements like nitrogen, chromium, nickel etc. It is naturally resistant to fungus growth and are dishwasher safe to make fast cleaning, easy and sterilize easily. This type of stainless steel is used for  food containers, dental implants, surgical devices and many more. It is a complete plastic free and BPA free.                   

Kids Stainless Steel Bottle – Benefits

This bottle is made using food grade BPA free steels that doesn’t harm the health of people because it does not react to any type of food materials like cold drink, tea and coffee or normal water. Usually, this filtered water bottle eliminates almost 99% contamination like bacteria, fungus etc. from the water, makes it 100% fit for consumption. You can use this thermos stainless steel bottle to store hot or cold milk for babies without any health hazards.

Some new filters are now available in the market. You can choose the insulated version of the stainless steel bottles. These insulated bottles maintain the fluids’ original temperature (cold or hot) for around  4 hours or more. If you store an unopened bottle then the temperature will remain maintained for whole night.

Ecovessel.com provides a complete line of Steel water bottles and Kids Stainless Steel Bottle for children. Find Filtered water bottles, Stainless Steel sippy and Filtered water bottles from our product ranges.

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