When I was buying baby bottles back in 2007, no one was really talking about the risk of BPA, or Bisphenol A. Now, I wonder how much those old BPA-laden bottles might have harmed my daughter. The newest studies show another BPA hazard: increased asthma risk. More
A new study from the University of Michigan found high levels of the toxin BPA in the liver tissue of fetuses, which shows you how much exposure your average woman has to the chemical during pregnancy. BPA, or bisphenol A, exposure is especially bad for pregnant women because fetuses don’t have the same ability to eliminate it as adults do. More
Yesterday, we reported on a big, scary study about the impact of bisphenol-A (BPA) on fish, in which the known endocrine disrupter prompted interspecies mating. But that’s not all BPA does–and it’s not just found in labs. In fact, many common household and workplace items may still contain the toxic plastic chemical. Is your home or office harboring one of these sources of BPA? More
Earlier this week, we showed you a bunch of ways to use less plastic in your life because, aside from the fact that it ends up in floating garbage patches in the ocean, plastic can also lead to excessive Bispehnol-A (BPA) exposure. But if you’re still wondering why everyone’s so nervous about this particular chemical, here’s at least one more reason to add to the list: A new study has found that the hormonal disrupter breaks down species barriers among fish–leading to interspecies mating. More
Even limited exposure to bisphenol-A can program a developing fetus for childhood or adult obesity, says Frederick vom Saal, a biologist who has been studying the plastic additive for two decades. The results of his latest research mirror that of other recent studies, which have given new credulity to the link between BPA and obesity. More
French lawmakers banned Bisphenol-A (BPA) from all food packaging in February, and now the FDA is planning to rule on the same decision for the U.S. by March 31. But whatever they decide, some companies are getting a head start on ditching the toxin altogether, with Campbell’s playing the unlikely leader at the helm. Even if you don’t chow on chicken noodle soup, Campbell’s decision is great news: If big companies like Campbell’s are finally giving way to consumer demand for safer products, there’s hope that more companies will make decisions that put consumers’ health first. More
Food manufacturers still aren’t getting the message on BPA, the estrogenic chemical linked to an array of health problems. A recent survey of canned foods by the nonprofit Breast Cancer Fund found potentially-harmful levels of bisphenol-A in all six of the canned goods it tested—including Annie’s Organic Cheesy Ravioli and Earth’s Best Organic noodle soup (just because the food’s chemical-free doesn’t mean the packaging is, I guess). More
Over 2 dozen states are working toward, or have already passed, laws limiting the amount of bisphenol A, a toxic chemical found in hard, durable plastic items like baby bottles, water bottles, and kids toys. But what about toys for grown-ups? So far, there has been very little government-sponsored research into the contents of the plastic in sex toys and devices, despite their intimate, contact-heavy nature. But luckily, the adult entertainment and toy industry doesn’t need the government regulating what they make and sell: they’ve already got your back. More
Maybe you live on the East Coast (like some of us Blisstree staffers) and have just (hopefully) weathered a (thankfully) mild Hurricane Irene, and you’re suddenly left with an abundant supply of canned foods. Or maybe you’re trying to balance your budget after a summer of weekends away and liberal spending. Either way, we don’t think it’s a bad thing to have an arsenal of recipes that take advantage of pantry items like canned foods (even when there’s a wealth of fresh food available, as there currently is in most farmer’s markets and grocery stores). Plus, canned foods–vegetables, tomatoes and beans, in particular–can add nutritious ingredients to your dishes, and fast. (But please, check that you’re buying brands that don’t use BPA in their can linings.) More
And the People’s Choice Award goes to … Halogenated Flame Retardant!
Don’t worry, it’s not some band you’ve never heard of. The award in question was given last week at the second annual “Toxies,” a satirical ceremony that recognizes “bad actor chemicals” (pardon them the pun: “bad actor” is a scientific term used to describe chemicals that consistently behave or react poorly). The goal is to raise awareness about the public health hazards these chemicals—many of which are found in the products we use everyday—can cause. More
You avoid plastic bottles like the plague to keep BPA out of your body (the chemical messes with hormones, increases risk of cancer, and is linked with reproductive issues, so it’s worth carrying around your own water bottle), but the bad news is that it’s in a lot more than plastic. It’s found in so many products that it seems impossible to avoid, but a recent study says that eating fresh food can lower BPA levels considerably. In fact, some study participants saw a 75% drop in their BPA blood levels after just three days of switching from packaged food to fresh. More
Reusable water bottles are the gift that keeps on giving, but they can also be the gift that keeps on leaching toxic chemicals into your recipients’ drinking water. There are tons of options on the market that are safe, smart, and pretty enough to be gift-ready, but unfortunately, not all brands provide the same standard of safety. We know you don’t have an abundance of spare time for research right now, so we took the hard work out to tell you why you should give ThinkBaby or LifeFactory bottles, not Sigg. More
Thanksgiving is so much work. We actually have to cook things. Who the hell are we, Mark Bittman? Lucky for us, we can get everything we need for Turkey Day from a box, can, or bag. Some of these so-called foods don’t even need to be microwaved! Which means we’ll have lots of extra time to trash-talk the Broadway performers in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV. And if you’ve ever wondered how that giant Garfield balloon got so fat, we’ve got four words for you: Stuffing in a can.
Check out our gallery of ten food finds to learn how to celebrate a 100% processed, pre-packaged Thanksgiving holiday. And then do the opposite. More