September 8, 2009

Sigg Bottles Contain BPA, So Swap it!

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I have always suspected Sigg bottles for not disclosing the contents of their aluminum bottle lining, but I liked that they were made in Switzerland rather than China. Now, consumers are outraged to know that Sigg lied to consumers all along about their water bottles containing BPA. If you have a Sigg bottle, you may be wondering what to do. The Soft Landing and Cool Mom Picks have you covered with the Big Bottle Swap!

Here's the deal:

  • You return your BPA-lined SIGG bottle(s) to us at The Soft Landing (please use the form below before shipping)
  • Once we get your bottle(s), we'll send you a unique discount code for 30% off your choice stainless steel bottle from participating manufacturers at www.thesoftlanding.com (CamelBak, Crocodile Creek, Green Sprouts, Kid Basix, Klean Kanteen, Nathan, Thermos and Thinksport)
  • You can return as many bottles as you like and you can purchase the same number of bottles for 30% off (you only need to fill out the form once, because one discount code will be assigned for all bottle purchases)
  • All return packages must be postmarked by September 14, 2009 to qualify
  • The Soft Landing will ensure all returned SIGG bottles are properly recycled
  • Offer open to customers worldwide
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September 7, 2009

Organic Cotton Yoga Strap by Gaiam

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I just purchased a new yoga strap for my daughter, who has taken a renewed interest in yoga; however, I was disappointed I did not discover this organic cotton yoga strap by Gaiam before purchasing a new one. Gaiam Eco Conscious Organic Cotton Yoga Strap is just like any other cotton yoga strap, only it is made from organically grown cotton. At about $10, it is an affordable green yoga prop that will certainly help you stretch and relax tight muscles.

If you aren't familiar with Gaiam, it is:

a lifestyle company with the vision that, given a choice, people would choose a lifestyle that is healthy and life enhancing, for themselves, their families and the Earth. The Gaiam lifestyle is a vote for individual health as well as the future sustainability of the Earth's resources. Gaiam strives to provide customers with alternatives to traditional products by offering natural, eco-friendly or healthy versions that compare with the style, quality and price of conventional products.

Gaiam's goal is to become the trusted source and unifying brand for Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) participants. They understand that the opportunity to affect people's lives with information and products is both a privilege and a responsibility. Gaiam believes in the concept of Conscious Commerce, the practice of making purchasing decisions based on personal values and beliefs. It takes into consideration all the aspects of our lives and the impact we have upon the planet.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

August 25, 2009

Artificial Aspartame Should be Banned According to the Cancer Prevention Coalition

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Do you consume any products containing Nutrasweet, Equal, or Canderel? If so, stop immediately as these artificial sweeteners contain aspartame. Aspartame has long been controversial, but the Cancer Prevention Coalition is calling on the FDA to immediately ban this substance because it causes cancer in laboratory rats. World Wire writes:

Under the explicit provisions of the 1958 Delaney Law, which requires an automatic ban on carcinogenic food additives, the Coalition is calling on Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the newly appointed Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and public health advocate, to promptly ban the continued use of aspartame...Aspartame is the second most widely used artificial sweetener in the world. It is found in more than 6,000 products including carbonated and powdered soft drinks, hot chocolate, chewing gum, candy, desserts, yogurt, and tabletop sweeteners, as well as some pharmaceutical products like vitamins and sugar-free cough drops. More than 200 million people worldwide consume it...In 2005, based on highly sensitive and life-long feeding tests in groups of about 200 rats and at doses less than usual human dietary levels, the prestigious Italian Ramazzini Foundation confirmed that aspartame is unequivocally carcinogenic. A high incidence of cancers was induced in multiple organs of the lab rats fed the sweetener, including lymph glands, brain and kidney.
Artificial sweeteners have also been found to be polluting our water supply.
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

July 31, 2009

Steripen Water Purifier Uses UV Light to Make Drinking Water Safe

steripen.jpg On a recent backpacking trip, my friend had a SteriPEN Classic Handheld Water Purifier. This cool little device uses a UV light to kill pathogens.
The SteriPEN Classic eliminates viruses, bacteria and protozoa as its Ultraviolet Light (UV) destroys the DNA of microbes. It is effective against Outdoor Microbes like Giardia and Cryptosporidium; Travel Pathogens that cause Diarrhea, Dysentry, Hepatitis, and Legionnaire's Disease; Household Germs such as Bird Flu and Influenzas, E. Coli & Salmonella; and Staph & Strep; Natural Disaster Risks like Botulism, Cholera, Smallpox and Typhoid. SteriPEN Classic makes a great addition to Emergency Preparedness Kits.
It takes about 90 seconds to purify a Klean Kanteen, and the Steripen is really small. My friend uses her Steripen not only in the backcountry, but when she travels abroad to avoid "Dehli belly". Steripens do take batteries, so it is important to carry an extra set with you when you use it in the field. A SteriPen Solar Charger is available, but it takes a very long time to work.
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

July 30, 2009

Stem Cell Damage Causes Gray Hair

gray-hair.jpg The emergence of gray hair signifies the start of the aging process for most people, even though the age at which this occurs varies greatly amongst individuals. Many people go to great extent to cover up their gray hair.  According to National Geographic:
Work or personal stress may make you want to pull your hair out, but it's cellular stress that actually turns it gray, a new study has found.

That's because DNA is "under constant attack" by damaging agents, such as chemicals, ultraviolet light, and ionizing radiation, according to study lead author Emi Nishimura of Tokyo Medical and Dental University...In younger people, the hair's stem cells maintain a balance between those that reproduce and those that turn into pigment cells, so that pigment is constantly being added to growing hair.

Scientists suspect turning hair gray is the body's way of "purging damaged stem cells without killing them off". It would seem that the constant exposure to chemicals in our environment may be speeding up the process of graying.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

July 21, 2009

Coke Zero Banned to "Preserve the Health Venezuelans"

coke-zero.jpg Coke Zero is Coca-Cola's zero calorie soda, but Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is not convinced it is safe to drink. Venezuela has banned Coke Zero. Health minister Jesus Mantilla stated, "The product should be withdrawn from circulation to preserve the health of Venezuelans." Reuters further explains:
Despite Chavez's anti-capitalist policies and rhetoric against consumerism, oil-exporting Venezuela remains one of Latin America's most Americanized cultures, with U.S. fast-food chains, shopping malls and baseball all highly popular. Mantilla did not say what health risks Coke Zero, which contains artificial sweeteners, posed to the population.
It is suspected the ban may really be related to labor issues and nationalization, rather than health concerns.
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

July 16, 2009

OSU Study: 2 Natural Oils Promote Healthy Weight Loss

safflower oil.jpg Researchers at the Ohio State University have found that two natural oils "can spark healthy weight loss and lower body fat -- and the oils even worked in obese postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes." Natural News reports that Safflower Oil and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) decrease body fat and reduce blood sugar levels.
Despite the fact there was no dieting or exercising, the study found that CLA supplementation significantly decreased the women's BMI and total body fat. Usually these effects became evident in the last eight weeks of each 16 week period. On average their total body fat decreased by 3.2 percent, reducing the weight of excess fat tissue between 2.3 pounds and 3.5 pounds.

While the safflower oil didn't change total body fat readings, in some ways this all vegetable "good fat" was the biggest star of the research. It reduced the weight of trunk fat tissue by between 2.6 pounds and 4.2 pounds -- an average of more than six percent. What's more, safflower oil increased lean tissue, or muscle, by about two to three pounds.

To add to the good news, safflower oil was found to reduce fasting blood sugar levels in these diabetic women between 11 and 19 points.

Modest amounts of "high-quality dietary fats" appear to be important for postmenopausal women's diets, according to this new study.
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

July 9, 2009

Vegetarian Cooking Goes Mainstream!

vegetarian.jpg Vegetarian cooking is becoming more and more popular as people seek healthier eating options. According to the Associated Press:
Vegetarian cooking outgrew its Birkenstocks long ago, but as Americans combat obesity and even financial strain, meatless meals are becoming mainstream.
From Paul McCartney's Meatless Mondays to scientific evidence humans evolved to be vegetarians, there are more and more reasons to ditch the meat in favor of the veggies.
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

July 3, 2009

Purify and Moisturize Hands Naturally with Clean George

cleangeorge.png It's Fourth of July weekend, and you are sure to be out and about with your family. Often when attending events, such as parades or fireworks, it is impossible to wash your hands before every snack, especially when your little Curious Georges are off exploring. Clean George all natural hand purifiers offer a great solution to alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
Today, amid concerns that anti-bacterial soaps cause 'super germs' and alcohol-based hand sanitizers contain harsh chemicals that strip the skin of natural oils and are unsafe for children, Clean George announces an organically pure solution for disinfecting hands when soap and water aren't readily available. The company has just released the first organic hand purifier that is also a moisturizer-- one with no alcohol-based ingredients, phthalates or parabens which are ingredients commonly found in other hand-sanitizing products on the market today.

Clean George is made with ECOCERT, certified organic and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified ingredients, making it 100% eco-responsible. Clean George replaces chemical antibacterials with sustainably farmed tea tree and manuka oils, which are recognized natural antibacterials.


I love Clean George products, especially the "Lovin' Lavender" scent. Each bottle costs about $10 and has 400 squirts equating to less than 3 cents a squirt. The bottles are also made of 100% post consumer recycled plastic.
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

June 18, 2009

Beautyberry is as Effective as DEET in Repelling Mosquitoes

Beautyberry.jpg Beautyberry is a favorite amongst gardeners for its fuchsia fruit, but this native plant to the Southeast US is also a powerful insect repellent. According to Mother Earth News:
In 2006, researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Products Utilization Research Unit in Oxford, Miss., found that extracts from beautyberry leaves could match DEET for repelling mosquitoes. The next year, experiments showed that the active ingredients from the leaves (callicarpenal and intermedeol) provided 100-percent repellency of black-legged ticks for three hours. In 2008, the four-person research team, headed by chemist Charles Cantrell in Mississippi and entomologist Jerome Klun in Maryland, published research that added fire ants to the list of pests repelled by essential oil distilled from beautyberry leaves.
I have not been able to find any beautyberry insect repellent, so instead I will have to find a plant for my garden.
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

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