Tagged: endocrine disruptor

VIDEO : The Story of Cosmetics

The Story of Cosmetics, released on July 21st, 2010, examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. Produced with Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard, the seven-minute film by The Story of Stuff Project reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. The film concludes with a call for viewers to support legislation aimed at ensuring the safety of cosmetics and personal care products.

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Would You Buy Your Dog A Mink Coat?

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It’s snowing in New York City again and my German Shepherd mix dog was ready to come inside after playing in the abundant fluffy white stuff outside. As I wiped his light tan and black fur down so he could curl up in a nice dry donut shape on his doggie pillow I thought he probably doesn’t feel cold. He’s got a fur coat and he’s German! It never occurred to me he might need another fur coat…perhaps a mink? Continue reading

What’s With These Frogs Lately???

I’ve been seeing posts about frogs floating around lately so I thought I’d share. I want to tell the little guy in the picture above not to jump cause apparently something’s in the water. He could jump in a male and come out a female, so to speak, according to this sciencedaily.com article “Pesticide Atrazine Can Turn Male Frogs Into Females”. And you thought you had issues finding a mate!

Some other frogs have apparently been successfully mating without being loud enough to wake up scientists in Australia for about 30 years according to treehugger.com in “Extinct Frog Rediscovered in Australia”. Truly a miracle considering how nosey scientists can be.

Speaking of mating scientist have found in a recent study at least one species of frogs mate for life. Find out why and how in “Monogamous Frogs Stay Together ‘Til One Croaks” via treehugger.com

5 Things You Need To Know About Plastic Bottles Or You’ll Die Twice

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Detail at actual size: Plastic Bottles, 2007 by Chris Jordan

The photo above is by Chris Jordan. It is a close up of a photo that “depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.”

Why are plastic bottles in the news anyway?
Plastic bottles are everywhere in today’s society, but they were not just a few decades ago. Bottled water is an very popular product worldwide which is extraordinary considering bottled water as we know today didn’t exist as a product 30-40 years ago.

What’s wrong with plastic bottles?
They are everywhere now and don’t seem to be hurting anyone but their impact can be felt in many ways. Making the plastic bottle requires pollution producing energy. So does the rest of the packaging, shipping, shipping packaging and recycling. Many plastic bottles don’t end up recycled. Instead they are thrown in the garbage or somehow end up in the ocean, and even in the fish we eat. On top of that some plastic bottles contain harmful chemicals called BPA that leaves the bottles and gets into your drink.

What do these harmful chemicals do?
BPA or bisphenol A is considered an is an endocrine disruptor, meaning it messes up your hormones may be the cause of abnormal sexual development or even learning disabilities. This is of great concern for babies because BPA was found in many baby bottles. Continue reading