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April Non Toxic News Update: EPA’s New Non Toxic Seal, Ford Goes Electric, and More!

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Last month was a great one for non toxic victories and luckily for us, they are so many steps being made every day in efforts to detox ourselves and the planet. A small as they may be, every step made by an individual or a corporation helps to reach a more non toxic future. Here are a few that happened in April!

EPA Launches New “Safer Choice” Label

Many of us know or have heard that cleaning products can contain some harmful chemicals for our families and even our pets. You could probably smell them when you use some products! The EPA launched a new Safer Choice program that will help identify what cleaning products are safer for our homes. This voluntary program won’t make products safer, but aims to make people more aware. This is definitely a step in the non toxic direction, with more work to be done.

Leonardo DiCaprio Produces Another Documentary for A Better Future

He’s done it again and this time it’s all about the sun. Well, the power of the sun. Solar energy has the opportunity to tackle two of the largest problems we face today: Pollution and Poverty.

Danish Council Proposes Red Meat Tax

In light of all the negative environmental and health aspects of red meat, a Danish council has proposed a tax on the environmental degrading product. Denmark is known for their progressive stance on environmental policy and non toxic strides. They have combatted food waste, divested in fossil fuels, and now they are looking at red meat. It’s no secret that livestock are responsible for extremely high levels of methane gas pollution and water consumption. This proposal has the support of 14 out of 17 council members and will be discussed further over the coming months.

What to know more about red meat’s global footprint? Watch this clip!

Ford Set To Release 12 New Electric Cars

To rival the Tesla and the Chevy Volt, Ford has confirmed that they will be releasing their own long distance electric vehicle. Electric vehicles seem to be the future of transportation and are definitely a more non toxic option. The company has even committed to releasing 12 new electric cars by the year 2020.

Global GMO Cultivation Dips in 2015

Genetically modified crops went down for the first time in two decades this last year. The most wary country being Africa. The organization that released this report is a supporter of GMO’s and claims that the decrease is marginal and more related to lower prices of some agricultural materials. But, this decrease comes at an interesting time in the debate of GMO crop safety and Africa is the newest emerging skeptics of them. Major cotton and maize growers are rejecting GMO in their country and citizens are petitioning to keep Monsanto out of Nigeria.

Action of the Month!

Breast Cancer Fund and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is asking Congress to close the dangerous holes in the Personal Care Products Safety Act. Do you think this 71 billion dollar industry should be more accountable to what they are putting in our products? You can help!

Sign the petition to ask Congress to seize this opportunity for the first time in 75 YEARS!

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WTF?! Is With The Coconut Oil Hype

Coconut Oil Ingredient of the Month

Coconut oil came out of nowhere and claimed the super food thrown despite years of criticism for being 90% saturated fat. The same saturated fat that has been blamed for years as the source for clogged arteries and weight gain. Lucky for us, researchers are finding more and more positives to this high fat food, and we’re finding more and more ways to use it.

So how did it redeem itself?

Well, it looks like health professionals are figuring out that saturated fats aren’t as bad as they once thought. So it didn’t really “redeem itself”, more like we wised up to fat not being the complete enemy and finally started giving sugar its fair share of the blame. In fact, the type of saturated fat in coconut oil can actually prevent long term weight gain and more research has convinced many health professionals that incorporating this beneficial fat in our diets can be super helpful. These benefits can be especially true for people with plant-based or paleo diets that need an awesome substitute for butter, one that emulsifies and solidifies. Or people that love to keep their personal care routines simple and natural. Or people that want to cook with a delicious tasting oil with added health benefits. Odds are you fit in one or two of these categories, so let’s go over some myths of this versatile ingredient…

Myth #1: Coconut Oil is Not Good For Diabetics

Coconut oil is mostly fat, as we mentioned above. So this is actually great news for diabetics and prevention of diabetes. It contains no glucose, and promotes the secretion of insulin to help keep diabetes in check. This is only true for VIRGIN coconut oil, not hydrogenated.

Myth #2: Coconut Oil Raises Your Cholesterol

Here’s the deal, there are two types of cholesterol, LDL or “bad” cholesterol that clogs up those arteries, and HDL, the “good” cholesterol that helps remove LDL from our systems. Turns out that coconut oil can help raise your HDL and at the same time lower your LDL. So sure, I guess coconut technically raises your cholesterol, but in a way that keeps your cholesterol profile even and healthier.

Myth #3: Coconut Oil Causes Weight Gain

In recent studies, researchers have given overweight women coconut oil supplements. In one study, women that supplemented their diet with coconut oil over soybean oil, showed a reduction in abdominal circumference. The medium chain fatty acids, a type of saturated fat, that are in coconut oil actually help increase the metabolic rate and give us more energy for exercising, that leads to more calories burned. (Also, coconut oil helps to prevent fat storage at a DNA level. Say what?!)

Myth #4: Coconut Oil Goes Rancid Super Fast

Even if coconut oil spoiled quickly, we use it way too much to ever make it there ;), but lucky for us its make up of saturated fats extends the shelf life a great deal. Coconut oil’s natural antibacterial powers, helps  the shelf life as well, reducing contamination from microbes. Refined coconut oil (absent of the coconut taste and smell) will last 18-24 months and virgin coconut oil can last years without turning rancid. Yet another reason coconut oil puts some other oils to shame!

But wait, there’s more!

In addition to busting these myths that were commonly spread about coconut oil, it has now become the go-to ingredient for non toxic living. I know what your thinking, WTF?! is so special about this stuff? Well, it’s list of health boosting skills is impressive and includes increasing teeth health, having antimicrobial properties, moisturizing skin, relieving symptoms of eczema, soothing sore throats, and tasting amazing!

And that’s why coconut oil is our Ingredient of the Month!

All this month we will be exploring the rest of the coconut oil benefits (or trying, there are seriously so many), and sharing DIY recipes, food recipes and all things coconut oil here on the blog and social media.

Don’t miss it!

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March Non Toxic News Update: The DARK Act is Defeated, Campbells Removes BPA Lining, and More!

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We can’t believe March is over already! But, we are stoked for all the non toxic progress that was made this month in the food, health and environmental sectors. Here are some of the highlights of this months triumphs, pledges and progress.

Excuse us while we celebrate…

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Campbell’s Makes Good on Their BPA Promise

In 2012, Campbells made a promise to phase out all BPA in their cans, but never revealed the timeline of the phase out. Finally they have officially announced that all BPA will be removed from their products by mid-2017. Woohoo! The company explained that the gap in action was due to the testing of hundreds of alternatives to make sure they are safe and don’t react with certain acidic ingredients over time. About 75% of products will be BPA free by December 2016, with the rest being drink caps and V8 beverages to switch in 2017. Campbells has also committed to GMO labeling regardless of whether the government requires it. We are ecstatic that companies like this are listening to consumers and changing for the non toxic better.

General Mills To Begin Labeling GMOs

General Mills announced that they would voluntarily start labeling products containing GMOs after Vermont’s mandatory labeling law. This includes GM products, Nature Valley, Progresso Soups and many more. Hopefully this momentum can help push a federal mandate and encourage more companies to disclose what’s in our food.

The DARK Act is Defeated in the Senate

On March 16, the Senate voted on the DARK Act, or Deny Americans the Right to Know Act, and actually listened to consumers. We want to know what’s in our food and make the choice about what we consume. This is a huge win for consumers and progress in the right direction. The jury is still out on if GMO’s are non toxic or not, but we always should have the right to choose whether we want to consume GMO food.

New Documentary, STINK!, Reveals Dark Secrets of the Chemical Industry

Fragrance continues to be the loop hole for companies to sneak toxic ingredients into their products. How? They include them in a “proprietary blend” that allows them to not disclose exact ingredients. This new documentary dives into the corporate and political obstacles that present themselves in the fight for safe and non toxic products. This film goes up against the notion that it’s ok for the chemical industry to choose what chemicals we are exposed to and what needs to be done to fix it.

India Pledges To Go 100% EV by 2030

India is making an aggressive push against dirty fossil fuels by proposing zero down payment programs to citizens, making electric vehicles much more affordable. They hope to set an example for world governments by proactively finding a solution to the greenhouse gas emissions problem without putting financial stress on their citizens. Coal-fired plants in India are becoming a large source of pollution and this is good in theory, but skeptics wonder if this will put too much pressure on the power industry. Although the logistics are unclear, we are excited that India is taking such an aggressive stance on making non toxic change.

Almond Farmers Experiment With Trees That Don’t Need Bees

As bees become increasingly endangered, farmers are looking for ways to take the burden off of them and give them time to flourish. These trees pollinate themselves, which is great for farmers and bees, but the beekeepers take a hit financially. Farmers are seeing great results from these independent pollinating trees and time will tell if they help the climb of bee population.

Ikea Launches Indoor Garden That Grows Food All Year

Ikea has been dedicating more of it’s time to sustainability initiatives, which is amazing from such an influential brand, and now they are starting to deliver. Ikea launched their indoor hydroponic garden which allows people to easily grow produce in their homes all year long! Non toxic produce is a huge health boost and growing your own lowers your exposure to harmful pesticides.

 

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