plas•tic al•ba•tross
(plas-tik lb-tros)

1. The Plastic Albatross is a community-focused campaign that provides helpful information about toxins in PLASTICS and other household products, and how these substances affect our health and environment.

2. We encourage local families, businesses, and organizations to limit their exposure to and consumption of plastic and commonly used toxic chemicals to work toward a toxin-free future!

Dec
11
2011

Mrs. Meyer’s Stinks

Mrs. Meyer's

Many environmentally-aware folks have been lured into believing that Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day is a healthy product.

However, if you read the fine print (and the ingredients list) you will find the truth. If you use your nose, you will smell the truth. Mrs. Meyer’s uses synthetic ingredients and fragrances.

When you see the term “fragrance” or “parfum” in the ingredients list remember that the fragrance/perfume industry is protected by trade secret laws. This means they are not required to tell you what’s in their formulations.

The ingredients that are lumped into the listing fragrance or parfum could include up to 1000 different synthetic chemicals!

Our current toxic chemicals law (the Toxic Substances Control Act) is so outdated and weak that testing has been required on fewer than 2% of the 80,000 chemicals available for use in the United States. Many of these chemicals, especially when they interact, are linked to numerous health problems, like endocrine disruption and neurotoxicity.

The green cleaning business is booming with new products that claim to be “effective alternatives”. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day and other greenwashed products, like Method and SimpleGreen, have a very clever (but misleading) marketing scheme.

Don’t waste your hard earned cash on clever marketing. A bottle of castile soap, a box of baking soda, and bottle of vinegar is all you need to keep your home fresh and clean. If you like a natural fragrance, use a few drops of organic essential oil.

Read more at Raganella’s blog and see why Mrs. Meyer’s Stinks.

Aug
18
2011

Study Finds MOST Plastic Releases Estrogenic Chemicals

Most people have heard of BPA-free plastic, but a recent study by a group of scientists from both industry and universities have found that nearly all plastic, even that which claims to be BPA-free, releases chemicals that have estrogenic activity (EA) and cause hormone distruption.

Their results found that:

Almost all commercially available plastic products we sampled—independent of the type of resin, product, or retail source—leached chemicals having reliably detectable EA, including those advertised as BPA free. In some cases, BPA-free products released chemicals having more EA than did BPA-containing products.

They noted that:

Chemicals having estrogenic activity (EA) reportedly cause many adverse health effects, especially at low (picomolar to nanomolar) doses in fetal and juvenile mammals.

Their conclusion indicates that the industry does have access to additives that have no detectable EA and have similar costs. If these were used by the plastics industry, we could “eliminate a potential health risk posed by most currently available plastic products that leach chemicals having EA into food products.”

This study underscores our recommendation that pregnant women and parents of young children should avoid all plastic-based baby products. Please use tried and true materials like wood, metal, or glass and keep plastic away from baby.

Read the full article here or download the PDF.

Jun
16
2011

Non-toxic cat litter, hold the plastic bag.

At last! The search is over. A corn-based cat litter (that’s non-toxic, affordable, and actually works) and it’s not packaged in plastic.

NYC Pet now carries Beth Ann’s Finest All Natural Cat Litter, which is sold in a brown paper bag. It’s made from 100% biodegradable, non-GMO corn – grown on family farms in Iowa.

** You can also order it directly from Beth Ann.