Michelle Goes Green

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  1. Are You Aware of What Plastics are Toxic?

    It seems like just about every day we learn about another toxin in our presumably safe home. Whether it’s that water bottle you’re drinking out of or the plastic dishes you store your food in, some plastics are leaching poisons into your home and into your body, but not all plastics are bad. Plastic in general is a very useful resource because it enables us to reuse products time and time again, thus conserving resources. Let’s take a look at a few different types of plastics and which ones are safe and which ones you should avoid. Polycarbonate This plastic is responsible for releasing Bisphenol A which has been in the news a lot lately because it’s found in a number of water bottles, certain types of Nalgene bottles, baby bottles, car parts and other common manufactured food storage containers. The easiest way to identify this plastic is to look at the recycling label on the bottom of the container. If it says 7, other, or PC then steer clear of it. Polyethylene Terephthalate This plastic is commonly used for water bottles and soda bottles. It’s safe for one time consumption however multiple uses, like refilling that same plastic water bottle over and over again, is not healthy. The plastic will begin to degrade and leach and bacteria can begin to grow. High density Polyethylene This is what milk containers and those plastic grocery bags are made from. It is recyclable and is generally labeled HDPE Polyvinyl Chloride This is an extremely toxic plastic and is commonly called PVC. It’s used in window frames, to wrap meat in your grocery store, in shower curtains, in your plumbing and in many baby toys like rubber duckies and mattress covers. To identify this plastic, look for the recycling label 3 or PVC. Polystyrene This plastic is used to make plastic silverware, coffee cups, take out containers and egg cartons. It’s commonly called Styrofoam and has been linked to cancer. It’s labeled PS or 6 for recycling. Polypropylene Polypropylene or PPE is a commonly used and safe plastic. You’ll find food bags, cups and plastic bottles, medicine bottles and other food storage items are often sold in this plastic. Low density polyethylene Another safe one, this plastic is what makes up your garbage bags, ketchup squeeze bottles and the plastic wrap you use to store food in your refrigerator. It’s commonly labeled 4 or LDPE for recycling purposes. By and large, manufacturers are getting better about using safe plastics to create their products. It always pays though to know what your buying and potentially putting into your body. The plastics to look out for are PVC, Polycarbonate, and Polystyrene because they are the most toxic and when thrown away will continue to leach toxins into the soil. Keep your family safe and learn what plastics are toxin free.
  2. Go Green by Driving Less

    Did you know that 91% of all Americans drive to work alone in their car? I unfortunately am one of them. If every one of us could cut out just one of those trips per week by carpooling, taking the bus, walking, or riding a bike, carbon emissions would be reduced by almost 150 tons. That is a significant amount. What we all need to do is find a way to cut out one car trip a week and find an alternative way to do it. This could include a trip to the store, a doctor's appointment, hair cut, etc. and get there by another means of transport. It's really not hard to do when you consider that almost 50% of the car trips we make are less than 5 miles. You can easily do that on a bike even if you're not in the best of shape. Just think, riding your bike will help you lose some weight and cut carbon emissions. If only 1 driver in a household switched to public transportation full-time, that one person's carbon footprint would be reduced by 30%. My sister walks to work everyday saving herself money on gas and burning off calories from lunch. Walking to work is free and you get a little exercise too. If you're interested in connecting with a carpool or maybe even starting one yourself, you can check out one of these sites: www.erideshare.com or www.carpoolworld.com.
  3. I've seen more news lately about the bottled water industry and bottled water in general and with a new documentary about the bottled water industry, Tapped, I thought I'd share a post from my blog.
  4. Recycling Plastic Bottles

    I saw a commercial today on Planet Green for an eco-bottle. The commercial gave a few reasons why you shouldn't buy plastic bottles including the hazards of recycling them. They mentioned the hazard of recycling plastic bottles is the pollution emitted into the atmosphere from the recycling process. Does anyone know if this is true or just a bunch of bunk to sell their bottle?
  5. Recycling Plastic Bottles

    Sorry about the error. The link worked yesterday though. Weird
  6. I hate seeing and hearing about poor animals slaughtered for whatever reason. I wish people would come to their senses when it comes to atrocities like this. So disturbing.
  7. The Green Directory

    I just noticed you asked me this question. Sorry it took me so long. Anyway, if you want to know what I'm "reading", currently it's "The Straw Men" but if you want to know what I'm studying in school, it's Information Technology. I'm assuming that's what you're asking, right?
  8. Should We Have Fewer Children to Save the Planet?

    I think it would help. The more people, the more fossil fuels used. If more people want to have 20 kids, like the Duggars, then maybe we should work harder in replacing fossil fuels with renewable alternatives for our energy needs. The Duggars should take an active role since they're polluting the place! Is there really a need to have so many kids? Is it just for celebrity and money?
  9. What's the best TV show of the decade 2000-09?

    Haven't watched many of those shows myself. When I do watch TV, they're shows not included on the list. I have watched Planet Earth though. I'm boring I guess.
  10. Recycling Plastic Bottles

    The question of whether recycling in general causes pollution has been answered in another post. I'm happy with the answer. http://www.enviro-space.com/index.php?showtopic=1521&st=0&gopid=5507&#entry5507
  11. Penn & Teller call Bullshit on organics

    I've asked the question before if recycling actually causes pollution. Thanks for the answer.
  12. Will you go to Copenhagen this December?

    Since many of us probably can't go, why not demand our leads attend? Ask our world leaders to personally attend the conference. Take Action
  13. 8 Practical Reasons Why Global Warming Totally Sucks, Plus What's in It For You to Stop it - http://tinyurl.com/njzjn7

  14. Abortions

    That's pretty funny about the drive-in clinic and I believe that would be the case too! Why does it have to be more complicated with women? I'm all about pro-choice because if it wasn't legal, it would still happen. It would just be in a back alley or something of that nature, kinda like drugs. Definitely let the woman decide. It is her body!
  15. Abstinence Education Test (picture)

    Glad I didn't go to this school. They don't even know how to spell "Abstinence" (Absitnence) The student may do well in art school though.
  16. Funniest/Weirdest anti science/climate comment!

    Funny but obviously the author of that comment is yes, 14.
  17. London to plant 2 million trees by 2025, says mayor's office

    Maybe I'll wait to visit to avoid the black snot syndrome.
  18. I think the green is perfect!

  19. I posted a comment last week on Twitter about Glenn Beck's stupid antics. Definitely not news and definitely not worth watching. I really despise the Fox News Channel now because of shows like his.
  20. Glad to be here Simon! Love this forum!

  21. Definitely like the professional blue but would be even better with green.

  22. Will you go to Copenhagen this December?

    That is an excellent idea! I'll have to look into going also. Would be great to report on the topic and happenings at hand straight from the conference.
  23. London to plant 2 million trees by 2025, says mayor's office

    I've never been to London but I believe it when it comes to air quality. Nice to see they're doing something about it. Wish more cities would take the initiative.
  24. Happy to see you on the forum!

  25. France must shut down nuclear plants due to heatwaves

    I've never been comfortable with nuclear because I always think about the Chernobyl disaster. This article is another great reason I feel nuclear isn't GREEN.