Every dog deserves durable American made, non-toxic toys

WestPaw Design logoIf you aren’t familiar with West Paw Design pet toys, you and your pet are missing out. I discovered them several years ago. They’re made without harmful chemicals such as phthalates or BPA.  My dogs have loved them! I do too as their Zogoflex line of toys are practically indestructible!

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Are you watering your garden with lead and phthalates?

Garden hoses can leach nasty toxic chemicals, photo by Emillian Robert Vicol, flickr

Garden hoses can leach nasty toxic chemicals, photo by Emillian Robert Vicol, flickr

As an avid backyard organic gardener, I always have my eye out for things to help me improve how I garden and how to live a more healthy lifestyle. So when I came across an article about how garden hoses leach toxic chemicals, I was a bit stunned. Though I generally water my garden by hand and/or with drip lines, I do use the hose to water other things around my yard, and to fill my dog’s outside water dish. This article is definitely a wake-up call.

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The Challenge of Finding GMO-free Pet Food

Editor’s Note:  I write for a variety of online venues. Although the references in this article are for a website based in northern California,  I think you’ll agree that the issue are bigger than geography.

Photo by Margarita Perisco, courtesy of flickr

Photo by Margarita Perisco, courtesy of flickr

As someone committed to living a green lifestyle, it’s natural for me to want my dog to be on the green journey with me. I’ve ditched containers with BPA and chemical-filled pet products and I use top quality “green” laundry detergent. But when it comes to finding pet food or dog treats that are GMO-free, that’s a bigger challenge.

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FDA agrees to ban BPA in baby formula packages

Long Favored By Shoplifters, Baby Formula Goes Under Lock And KeyThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has agreed to ban the chemical BPA in infant formula packaging.  The agency’s decision to prohibit of bisphenol A (BPA) comes at the urging of Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), who filed a petition calling for the action last year.

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Black Zogoflex – West Paw Design’s greenest toys yet

WestPaw Design logoHaving a new dog in the house means my collection of chew toys is growing. But as a responsible pet “Mom”, I wondered just how healthy or safe they were.

There are currently no standards concerning the levels or types of chemicals in pet toys.  Because pets chew, lick and carry their toys around, they’re exposed to higher levels of hazardous chemicals including phthalates, BPA (Bisphenol A), lead and arsenic.  There aren’t many studies regarding the interaction or impact of these on animals. But given the toxicity of these chemicals in humans, finding pet toys without these is important. Continue reading

Green your holiday gifts this year

Vegan Wallet from CoolCorC

This stylish men’s wallet is made of natural cork from Cool CorC

You’ve finally finished your list with who to give gifts to this year Then you’re suddenly in serious brain freeze with what to get.  It can’t be just ANYTHING. It has to be special, and more green, this year.

Here are some fun, affordable eco-friendly gifts that will bring plenty of smiles this holiday.

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Campbell’s to stop using BPA in their cans

Campbell’s Soup to phase out BPA use, photo by Dennis Goedgeboure, Flickr

Seems that mm, mm, Good is about to get even better!

Campbell’s Soup has agreed to join other companies in eliminating the use of BPA (Bisphenol A, a chemical used in a wide variety of products, including the hard lining of soup and other canned goods.

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Thanksgiving Trouble: BPA in canned food

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving, enjoying safe food. Photo by Lexnger, Flickr

Along with family gatherings, too much food, and football, Thanksgiving is a time for food donations to those in need. But there’s an underside to these canned goods that spells trouble.

A new report by The Breast Cancer Fund called “BPA in Thanksgiving Canned Food” reveals that many of the canned foods associated with Thanksgiving contain high levels of BPA (Bisphenol A). BPA is used in a wide variety of applications, including linings of metal canned goods. BPA can leach from the inner metal coatings of the cans into the food itself. It also leaches from products like plastic food storage containers and baby bottles.

To learn more about the most recent, eye-opening report on the presence of BPA in canned food – especially those foods associated with Thanksgiving – see http://bit.ly/tr5N3M.

Daily Grommet gives smaller companies visibility

You may not know what a grommet is or even heard of one before. But you’ve seen one. It’s a ring of metal, plastic, or rubber that’s used to reinforce a hole or protect the sharp edges of one. You’ll recognize it as the eyelet on a shoe, or the metal ring at the top of a nice shower curtain.

There’s a different kind of grommet, one that’s helping to redefine online shopping.

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Ziploc’s newest reusable – VersaGlasss containers

Almost every kitchen in America has a plethora of plastic containers ready to hold all sorts of left-overs. Chances are you’ll have a tough time finding lids to fit most of them.

With BPA in plastics getting plenty of attention in the news, consumers are looking for good alternatives that work. Ziploc®, a long-trusted household brand, has come up with a unique durable option.

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