24 September 2009 — In late May 2009, food and chemical industry lobbyists met in Washington, D.C. to discuss communications strategies aimed at keeping the toxic plastic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) on the market and front and centre in the lives of mothers, minorities and the poor. The internal meeting notes were leaked to media and the Environmental Working Group, and indicate plans to use deception-based techniques, including using a pregnant woman as a national spokesperson on the benefits of BPA. The notes highlight the importance of focusing on the impact of BPA bans on minorities (Hispanic and African American) and poor. Fear tactics are suggested — e.g., “Do you want to have access to baby food anymore?”
15 January 2010 — Despite growing evidence to the contrary, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has long held that bisphenol A (BPA) – used to make the hard, clear plastic polycarbonate – is safe even when indirectly ingested via plastic baby bottles or canned food linings. This has now changed as the government begins to raise flags about BPA.
27 June 2010 — For those who thought that there was no such thing as a completely non-plastic toilet brush, Life Without Plastic brings to North America the completely natural, non-plastic, eco-friendly, sustainable toilet brush and its holder. Plastic toilet brushes generally last only a few months before they are thrown out and replaced, thus adding more plastic to landfills and the oceans. Fortunately, one small family business in Germany still makes them the way they used to be made, with style and elegance.
19 July 2010 — The long-awaited Sanctus Mundo ice cube tray is finally here! We know it’s well-made and it has been tested to ensure it is safe and toxin-free. It’s modelled after those aluminum beauties from the fifties, but has been made to exacting modern standards out of the highest quality 304, 18-8 stainless steel – no aluminum here! It also works beautifully for freezing baby food, pesto, juice – lots of room for creativity. And the pull lever folds snugly down into the mechanism so you can stack the tray and save valuable space in the freezer.
25 October, 2010 — Plastic pollution in the oceans is a serious problem. It accumulates, degrades, absorbs and releases chemicals, and kills ocean wildlife. Did you know that approximately 80% of the garbage in the world’s oceans comes from land-based sources? And about half of this consists of petroleum-based plastics that have not been properly disposed of by consumers. Life Without Plastic is honoured to be teaming up with the 5 Gyres Institute, a dynamic, cutting edge research and exploration non-profit organization that is tackling the problem of oceanic plastic pollution head on by undertaking research voyages in the world’s oceans. In a few weeks, they embark on thefirst ever South Atlantic Ocean study of plastic pollution.
21 November 2010 — As the holiday season fast approaches, it is good to be reminded how much plastic is given and received, and especially destined for children and babies. Because babies tend to put everything into their mouth at the beginning of their life-long world discovery process, it is particularly important to select toys that are not toxic. All plastics contain synthetic chemicals. There is no such thing as a pure plastic without any additives.
11 March 2011 — What we have long suspected – and one of the key reasons we began this company as a precautionary measure – is beginning to be confirmed. Most plastics leach hormone-mimicking chemicals. A study released online by the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives on 2 March 2011 is entitled just that: Most Plastic Products Release Estrogenic Chemicals.
The study authors assessed over 450 plastic products from stores like WalMart and Whole Foods to determine whether commercially available plastic resins and products, including baby bottles and other products advertised as bisphenol A-free, release chemicals that mimic the hormone estrogen. The results are stunning: Almost all commercially available plastic products sampled, independent of the type of resin, product, or retail source, leached chemicals having reliably-detectable estrogenic activity, including those advertised as BPA-free — and in some cases, BPA-free products released chemicals having even more hormone activity than BPA-containing products!
30 March 2011 — A groundbreaking peer-reviewed study by the Breast Cancer Fund (BCF) and the Silent Spring Institute (SSI) on the effects of plastic food packaging was announced today, and has been published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. It is entitled: Food Packaging and Bisphenol A and Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) Phthalate Exposure: Findings from a Dietary Intervention. Laboratory studies with animals have link endocrine disruptors, including bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, to various adverse health effects, but this appears to be the first peer-reviewed study involving human test subjects.
The researchers provided five San Francisco Bay Area families with three days worth of fresh organic food – stored only in glass, not canned or packaged in plastic – and the family members also avoided packaged foods prepared outside the home. The families were tested before, during and after eating the fresh food for three days, and the results were stunning. Their levels of endocrine disruptors decreased dramatically, in particular bisphenol A (BPA), which showed a 60% decrease, and Bis(2-Ethyhexyl) Phthalate (DEHP), a 50% dip. The upshot: Decrease your exposure to plastic packaging and you decrease your intake of endocrine disruptors.
22 April 2011 — As we often say, we consider every day Earth Day. But it’s a powerful thing to have one day of the year when Mother Earth is celebrated more intensely and by so many worldwide simultaneously.
On this Earth Day, we have chosen to highlight an important new book released this week – Plastic: A Toxic Love Story – that focuses on our societal relationship with plastic, and some of the fundamental ways this complex, colorful, and, yes, often toxic substance has impacted the world and each person in it. Seasoned journalist Susan Freinkel shares reflections on her personal relationship with plastic by guiding the reader through the history and life cycles of a cast of characters we can likely all relate to in some way: a comb, chair, Frisbee, medical IV bag, disposable lighter, grocery bag, soda bottle, and credit card. Engagingly written and scrupulously researched, the book is sure to open many eyes, and elicit many exclamations of, ‘Wow, I had no idea!’
21 November 2012 — Foster a new symbiotic relationship with the bees using this plastic-free re-usable food wrap made of a blend of cotton and hemp canvas impregnated with beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin. You can use it to cover your left over food in glass, ceramic or stainless steel containers. Or to package a sandwich or a light dry snack.
Simply use the warmth of your hands and some gentle pressure to shape the wrap around your food or dishes to protect. The flat will stiffen as it cools.
We are introducing 4 different food wrapping products