Environment

How to Avoid BPA in water bottles

  

How to identify and Avoid BPA (Bisphenol A)

 

Definition:

BPA or Bisphenol A is a chemical found in plastics and which can behave similar to estrogen and other hormones in our bodies. Unlike phthalates, which are found in soft plastic products, BPA is found in hard plastics, like baby bottles. BPA is also found in other plastic containers, such as plastic water bottles.

You can identify plastics made with BPA by looking for the plastic identification number "7" inside the recycling symbol on their label.

The use of BPA has become controversial, as there is a concern that BPA can leach out of plastic and into baby formula, juice, food, and other substances inside plastic containers made with BPA.

Find more information and more links at:

 

See also these recent Vancouver Sun Articles:

Feds Designate Bisphenal Toxic 

http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Feds+designate+bisphenol+toxic+November/3409291/story.html

Younger Canadians have more BPA in their systems

http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Younger+Canadians+have+more+system/3407122/story.html

91% of Canadians exposed to BPA

http://www.vancouversun.com/health/cent+Canadians+exposed+bisphenol/3407505/story.html

BPA Found in cash register receipts

http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Bisphenol+found+unlikely+place+cash+receipts/3457191/story.html

 

 

 

Free energy saving kit for low-income households

  

Are you a BC Hydro customer? Do you live in a low-income household? If so, you may be eligible to receive a free energy saving kit from BC Hydro.

Their free energy saving kit for low-income households offers a variety of simple ways to help you save energy. By reducing how much energy you use every day, you can reduce how much you have to pay for heat and electricity. The tools in the kit will also increase the comfort of your home and help reduce our overall impact on the environment.

What’s in the kit?

The kit contains a number of simple, easy-to-install energy saving products including:

  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). CFLs use up to 75% less energy than regular light bulbs. They can also last up to 10 years.
    • Have a question about the safety of using or disposing CFLs? Visit our CFL tips page to watch videos and find out more information on these energy-saving bulbs.
  • Weatherstripping to put around your windows and doors and help keep out drafts. (You can find videos on draft proofing on our tips page.)
  • Fridge and freezer thermometers to help you set your refrigerator and freezer at an ideal temperature where your food stays cold, but you’re not wasting any extra energy.
  • A low-flow showerhead that uses significantly less water than a standard showerhead.
  • For a full list of the products included in the Energy Saving Kit and how to use the products, download a copy of the Energy Saving Kit instruction manual [PDF, 1.8 Mb].

People in Need: Free Stuff on Craigslist

  

Did you know that there is tons of free stuff on Craigslist? Check out this link when you need something but the wallet is empty. Really it is recycling that is win/win.