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An interesting article came to my attention today. Tampons is a must for women every single month. I didnt think about these things until I had children myself. I started looking at what I was putting into my childrens mouths which led to every aspect of their life. Was not until this article, did I look at myself. What I put into my body. How did I not know about this? Well women dont usually talk about this. So here's the article and I hope it inspires you to think about these kinds of things.
Seventh Generation May 11,2009
Tampons are a big part of the monthly female lexicon. American women spend about $2 billion on them annually and will use about 11,000 during their lifetimes. But they are a product that few people regularly discuss.
That dynamic needs to change: Tampons, which come into contact with some of the most sensitive tissue in a woman's body, aren't as straightforward as they seem.
Tampons are typically made from a variety of materials including conventional cotton, rayon, or a blend of both fibers. Conventional cotton is one of the "dirtiest" crops in the modern world. According to the USDA, in 2003 U.S. cotton farmers applied an eye-popping 55 million pounds of pesticides to their fields. And global cotton production also uses high levels of pesticides.
Many of these agricultural toxins are classified as "extremely or highly hazardous" by the World Health Organization. In addition to polluting groundwater and soil, seven of the 15 most commonly-used cotton pesticides have been identified as possible human carcinogens by the EPA. (Others are known to damage the nervous system and are suspected of disrupting the body's hormonal system.)
When we buy tampons made with conventional cotton, we are contributing to these kinds of environmental pollution.
Rayon also needs further scrutiny. The wood pulp that forms a base material for most rayon is typically treated with chlorine-based bleach. This manufacturing process results in the creation of chlorinated toxins, which can accumulate in the environment over time.
Conventional tampons can also contain any number of other ingredients that women might not want to be intimate with. These include absorbency enhancers, synthetic deodorants, and artificial fragrances.
Add it all up and the term "feminine protection" becomes a bit of a misnomer. An alternative is to use 100% organic cotton tampons. These products are made from pure natural cotton that hasn't been grown in a soup of pesticides. They don't contain rayon or synthetic additives, and most have been manufactured using a chlorine-free process that doesn't create chlorinated toxins. When you purchase 100% organic cotton tampons you make a statement that you want to prevent the accumulation of toxins in the environment and that you want to make the world a safer, healthier place for you, your family, and generations to come.
Choices like these do more to protect our world and the people who live on it. They're part of the conversation about safer alternatives that parents need to have with their daughters and women should have with one another. Having the conversation today will keep everyone healthier tomorrow.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
maltodextrin, a carbohydrate used as a cheap filler in many processed foods. This means you’re trading the healthy fat from peanuts for empty carbs, double the sugar, and a savings of a meager 10 calories.
Five of the 7 vitamins and minerals are derived from this product’s first ingredient—enriched flour. That’s the code word for “refined flour that’s had nutrients added to it after it’s been stripped of fiber.”
You see, food manufacturers think you’re stupid. In fact, their marketing strategies rely on it.
Stay at home mom blogs about finding eco-friendly food options.
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• Easy to clean surfaces: wipe off long-lasting nylon inner layer with damp cloth; Fabric can be spot cleaned or hand wash in cold water and air dry
• Eco Friendly: stop adding plastic baggies to the landfill!
• In-Demand fabrics: outer layer 100% cotton; inner layer Nylon with water, stain, mildew, rot –resistant coating away from food surface (This is NOT the PUL, or thin ripstop nylon you see elsewhere phthalate free, BPA, and lead free)
• Wraps AND forms Tray to eat from when opened
• Easy-to-eat-from-tray; you may find yourself where you can’t lay out a regular placemat as there is no room, or the surface available isn’t flat. The tray can sit on your lap! Just open Velcro closure, and pull the ends apart.
. Adjustable: from 6 1/2"x 5 1/4" up to 7" x 8" (measures approx. 13" x 13" if opened flat)
• Keeps food fresh for hours
• Handmade with the finest materials in the USA
• Opens easily, closes easily: just fold sides in, bottom portion up and top (with lable on it) down, matching up Velcro to fasten
• Versatility to adapt to many sandwich sizes, as well as other food (Not made for hot food, or microwave)
Monday, May 11, 2009
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3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
6 tablespoons baking cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups cold water
Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, soda and salt in ungreased 9-by-13-inch pan. Make three depressions. Into one, pour the oil; into the second, pour the vinegar; into the third, pour the vanilla. Pour the cold water over all, and mix very well with a fork until completely combined. Bake in preheated 350 F oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour (test with toothpick). Also makes awesome cupcakes! Just mix it all up in a bowl, and make about 26 cupcakes. Bake 20 minutes
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I have had to research and learn how to make laundry detergent and dish washing soap to be able to afford these kinds of items. They are pretty expensive in the stores. Just for laundry soap alone its $8.99-$13.99 for one bottle of the soap. Yes they are plant based but this does not concern me because I just need perfume and dye free soap. Here is my recipe for laundry soap that I use everyday and has made a huge impact on my daughters excema. Theirs has almost completely gone away.
Did the math and this soap is 1 penny per load. So would you like to pay $8.99 for 32 loads?
Or 32 cents?
Homemade Laundry Soap
Things you will need:
5 gallon bucket with secure lid(can buy for around $5 Walmart or paint supplies or use old large container of dry laundry soap?
1 bar of soap (I use plant based) use 1/3 bar with any non natural soap bar
1/2 cup Washing Soda (found at Winco) Removes dirt and oders
1/2 cup of Borax (found at Winco, Albertsons, Walmart) whitener deodorizer
few drops of natural oils. (lavender is my favorite but use tea tree oil to get stains out better)
Grate your bar of soap and put in a medium sauce pan. Add 6 cups of water and stir with wisk on medium heat until soap is completely disolved. Turn off heat. Add borax and washing soda and stir well. Pour 4 cups of hot water into your bucket and add your hot mixture into it while whisking. Next add 1 gallon and 6 cups of luke warm water into bucket and continue to stir. It will gel up almost immediately. Use 1/2 cup per load for regular washers and 1/4 cup for energy effeciant washers.
Once in a while you will need to remix the soap, it will thicken up and water will go to bottom so just remember to stir once in a while. This soap even gets out pee oders from animals and children. My 3 yr old twins are almost done with potty training and this gets out all accidents with no left over smells.
I do 2+ loads a day washing clothing for my 6 person family. Been using this for over a year now and find it works better than any other soap ive used in the past.
PLEASE keep out of reach from children. Only use containers with a secure lid so children cannot get into it. Keep it locked up or out of reach from children.
Disclaimer: This is a recipe that ive used for a year now with my energy effeciant washer and have has no issues with anything. I am not reponsible for anything that happens to your washer or clothes. I would test this before using it on your clothing. Again ive yet to encounter anything at all going wrong with this soap. Use at your own risk. Please call poison control if eaten or gets into eyes.
Soap bars-I usually use Trader Joe soaps because they are natural and only cost $1.49 for two. Oatmeal is a favorite because its a natural laundry softner and you dont have to use dryer sheets. I use tea tree oil bars for hard to get stains out. Its a natural oil used for years for many things and this is one way. Try not to buy soaps with chunks. Oatmeal bars, and lavender bars usually have the chunks in it. Trader Joe's has no chunks so I recommend them. If you dont need natural soaps and like the scent of your favorite body bar of soap, you can use this as well but you need to know it will sud up more. So use 1/3 the bar.
Dish washing soap
1/2 cup borax
1/2 washing soda
Small container with secure lid
Mix and put into a air tight container. Use 1 tsp per load. Keep out of reach from children. Keep locked up or out of reach from children. Will make sick if eaten or gets in to eyes. Call poison control if your child eats or gets into eyes.
Disclaimer: Ive used this for one year and have had no issues with my dishwasher. Does not leave residue, and has not marked or left stains in my dishwasher. My dishes are clean and works just was well as other store brands. Im not responsible for anything that happens to your dishwasher when using this recipe. Please test this out before you use on all your dishes. Use at your own risk.
Monday, May 4, 2009
1 cup sugar
4 or 5 banana's
2 cups shredded carrots or cooked cut up carrots
1 cup olive oil
4 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
optional: Nuts and flax seed
Mix all wet ingredients, then mix in dry ingredients. You can make banana cake with this or put into cup cake trays. Your choice. This also freeze's well.
350 degree's for 30 minutes or lightly golden brown.