Life

Just Say No to Receipts For Your Health

How often do you go back and read them anyway?

Simple tip for quickly reducing your exposure to BPA coming at ya'. Ready for it? When you're at a store and they say would you like a receipt, just say no or ask for an emailed one.

Unless you really need the receipt because you think you will be returning an item or because you have to show proof of what you purchased to be reimbursed from work or for taxes, chances are receipts aren't doing you any good. If you are like me, the receipts you do get just end up cluttering your wallet or floating around in the bottom of your bag.

While that may seem harmless, receipts are actually covered in BPA (or it's chemical cousin BPS) powder.

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Ever wonder what makes your shampoo smell so good or your lipstick that perfect shade of red? Well, turns out, very few people know except for the companies that make those smells or colors. That's because companies aren't required to share the ingredients in personal care products. It seems like something the FDA should be able to look into, but the regulations on what the FDA can check haven't been updated since 1938. And trust us, the science behind those smells and colors has changed a lot in the last 80 years.

But, we can change that! And, Kourtney is doing her best to help push those changes along, too. So, here's you chance to actually do something like a Kardashian - add you name to this petition. You will help send this letter to a committee in Congress telling them that you think there should be more testing on these personal care products than just what industry funded organization do on their own (right now that's the only way products are tested for safety). Products that we use on our bodies every day shouldn't be able to contain ingredients that have been linked to birth defects, reproductive harm, infertility, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer. But, without ingredient disclosures, it's hard to know which products contain those chemicals. The FDA should know that the ingredients are safe and the companies should have to share those ingredients openly like other industries do, which is exactly what this petition is asking Senators to make the law say.

Make your voice heard and let's get Congress to update some of these rules to help make the personal care products we use every day safer.

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Science

What’s the Deal with BPA?

And why am I seeing "BPA-free" stickers everywhere?

What is it?

BPA, or bisphenol A, is a chemical that is often used in plastics to make them clear and strong. It is also in epoxy resins that can line water pipes and food cans, and is used in receipt paper. Although BPA is the most well-known bisphenol, there are dozens of other bisphenols (often called BPA replacements) out there that are chemically similar to BPA. Many of them are used in the same way that BPA is and have very similar health effects. A common replacement is bisphenol S, or BPS.

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By now, you have probably read a few of our articles mentioning flame retardants. Over the years they have ended up in a variety of products in an effort to make them safer, and not catch on fire. But, since then, we have learned a lot more about them... and it's not good news.

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Food

Klean Up Kraft Petition

Add your name to get chemicals out of our mac and cheese

Not the beloved mac 'n' cheese! Sadly, it's true. Researchers have found phthalates, a chemical often added to plastic to make it flexible, in your favorite comfort food. Yuck!

While our mac 'n' cheese isn't the only way phthalates are getting into our bodies, it is still something we want to avoid. As phthalates get into our systems, they can cause problems like infertility, slow developmental growth, diabetes, and even asthma. So, we really do want to avoid them as much as we can so that we can keep our risk of getting any of these health problems as low as possible.

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