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5 Small Ways To Avoid BPA And Get It Out Of Your Life

5 Small Ways To Avoid BPA And Get It Out Of Your Life

Bisphenol A is an industrial chemical that has been linked to everything from breast and other cancers to reproductive problems, obesity, early puberty and heart disease. You can find it in these two common synthetics:

Polycarbonate: A clear plastic found in a wide array of products, including food and drink containers.

Epoxy resins: Used in industrial adhesives and coating. Epoxy lines most of the food and beverage cans made in the U.S. annually. According to government tests, 93 percent of Americans have BPA in their bodies.

BPA imitates the sex hormone estrogen when it is ingested and your body can’t tell the difference, but don’t let that freak you out!

We have 5 easy steps to avoid this sneaky endocrine disruptor in your daily life. The only way to protect you from this shady imitator is to kick it to the curb. Find out just how to avoid BPA and kick that sucker to the curb.

1. Go Fresh

Go Fresh And Shop At Your Local Farmers Market

Pick up fresh produce and beans at your local Farmer’s Marker instead of canned ones. Most cans are lines with BPA that compromise the food inside. Glass jars or cardboard cartons are also good alternatives.

 

2. Skip the Receipt

Avoid Receipts When Shopping

Thermal paper is often coated with BPA. Save the paper and give that imitator the cold shoulder. If you need to keep receipts for records, carry around a small receipt holder to avoid contact.

 

3. Watch Out for PC and #7

Plastic Recycling Numbers

Most plastics marked “PC,” for polycarbonate, or recycling label #7 contain BPA. Some don’t, but it’s best to be safe and use glass instead. Keep your eyes peeled and look for these labels.

4. Say No To Extra ‘To Go’ Plastic

Say No To Extra To Go Plastic

Say no to plastic utensils and bring your own reusable ones or use the ones at the office. Cut down on all plastic to mouth interactions. We really love these bamboo utensils by To Go Ware!

5. Make the Switch To Glass

Switch To Glass

The moral of the story is PLASTIC SUCKS! Ditch the plastic and use glass for food storage and glass or stainless steal for liquid consumption. The less plastic you use the less chance you have to run into BPA or any other harmful synthetics. Check out our friends at Simply Straws who make reusable glass straws.

Share your journey to ditching plastic and tag @KABNTR on Twitter or Instagram and hashtag #plasticsucks!

P.S: Check out the Dirty Dozen List Of Endocrine Disruptors we partnered on with our friends at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that breaks down the 12 worst hormone-altering chemicals and how to avoid them.

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Do Bad Unhealthy Habits Lead To Breast Cancer? [INFOGRAPHIC]

We know that certain factors like smoking, having a poor diet and drinking alcohol can be attributed to lung cancer, color cancer and liver cancer. But why is it that in the case of breast cancer, most people don’t think those factors apply? Check out this INFOGRAPHIC our friends at GE Healthcare shared with us that takes a look at the link between bad,  unhealthy habits and just how they impact our health and lives. And while you’re at it, check out the 10 Breast Cancer Myths Totally Debunked!

GE Healthcare Bad Habits Linked To Breast Cancer INFOGRAPHIC

 

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WTF?! Is Chalkboard Paint Toxic?

WTF!? Is Chalkboard Paint Toxic?

Is chalkboard paint toxic?

- Well, yes and no. Chalkboard paint, like all paint, can contain high levels of volatile organic compounds. . From causing headaches to damaging liver damage,  VOCs include a variety of chemicals, and can have short- and long-term adverse health effects.  The good news is that VOC levels in paint decrease over time once painted, but that’s still potentially dangerous for the person doing the painting.

So how do you reduce VOC levels in your chalkboard paint?

- Read the label! When choosing any paint, including chalkboard paint, look for a brand with zero-VOCs or low-VOCs. This is the safest way to limit the toxins in your paint and there are tons of products available that fit the bill. A few brands to consider are ECOS Paints and Lullaby Paints.

So now that I’ve purchased VOC-free chalkboard paint am I ready to get chalking?

- Not exactly. We were shocked to find out that other toxic chemicals, carcinogens and heavy metals used in traditional paint aren’t even considered VOC by the EPA!  So it’s important to always read your labels and double check because if it’s VOC-free, it may not always mean it’s non-toxic.

I’ve also heard that chalk can be harmful?

Yes to a certain degree. Although the ingredients in chalk are non-toxic, increased exposure to chalk dust over time can lead to respiratory problems. And if you already have a respiratory condition such as asthma, breathing in chalk dust can trigger an attack.

Are there any alternatives to traditional chalk?

- Yes. “Dustless” chalk is now available which produces a much heavier dust that drops to the floor instead of lingering in the air. So while you won’t be breathing in harmful chalk dust, you will be cleaning your floor a lot.

How can you avoid all that chalk dust if you do use traditional chalk?

- Look into and consider using non-toxic chalk pens instead. Similar to a paint pen, chalk pens are a wet marker that works on chalkboards and wipes off with water. This way you’re not breathing in dust or getting chalk all over your hands.

Alright so now I’m ready to get out there and get to painting and chalking, right?

- Yes just remember to make sure to leave a window open and let home air out as the paint dries.

Do you have any favorite non-toxic chalkboard paints? Let us know in the comments!

And Don’t forget you can ask your pending WTF!? questions by leaving a comment here or via Twitter with hashtag #NTRWTF.

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