Another good week for non toxic news in review!
California Votes on banning products containing Plastic Microbeads
Today, the CA state assembly is scheduled to vote on banning products with plastic microbeads. These tiny plastic beads can be found in a plethora of products, from toothpaste to face wash. In fact, one jar of face wash can contain over 300,000 microbeads alone. These beads are not biodegradable and generate about 38 tons of plastic pollution in California. Not to mention the fish that consume these toxic beads, that can in turn end up in our bodies from eating them. What the what! We support the banning of these beads, because plastic SUCKS!
Hawaii Lawmakers commit to 100% Renewable Energy by 2045
2045 may sound like a long time from now, but this commitment is a big deal. Hopefully, with the advances in renewable energy technology, we will see more states and countries making the same announcement in the coming years. Governments deciding to step towards non toxic energy sources will make a big impact on the preservation of our environment. Building a stronger local economy and stepping away from imported fuels. This will make us less dependent on other nations and will provide a source of affordable energy.
Are Pesticides actually inside our produce?
Some food strategies to go non toxic involve just avoiding the skin of a conventionally grown food, instead of buying organic. Not eating the skin of produce may not be enough anymore. Farmers have recently showed more interest into what “systemic” pesticides mean and the findings are quite alarming. The systemic pesticide method doesn’t only keep the outside of the plant distasteful to pests, but the part we eat as well. And unfortunately, this systemic pesticide method has exploded in the last several years. These pesticides tend to linger for months, even years, spoiling the environment they come across. Essentially ruining natural ecosystems. There is no official evidence of the long-term affect of these pesticides. The safest bet is to buy organic.
Dayton, OH Signs Bill Banning Toxic Flame Retardants to help save lives
Dayton has passed a bill banning four flame retardant chemicals that are found in furniture and children’s products. This bill will help fire fighters be exposed to less carcinogens. Rep. Bill Howe has seen many fellow fire-fighters diagnosed and losing their lives to cancer due to prolonged exposure to these flame retardants. They are confident that this bill will keep fire-fighters fighting longer. Not to mention give them more time to reach the fire before it gets out of hand. In the next few years, they will focus on getting rid of known carcinogens and replacing them with safer chemicals that don’t burn as fast. That’s as non toxic as it gets!
Hundreds of solar powered Street carts to hit the NY Streets this summer
NYC is another city that is about to get a little more non toxic and sustainable in the near future. They are releasing 500 energy efficient street carts to test this summer. Their are about 8,000 vendors in the city on any given day. The carts are equipped with solar powered panels, hybrid technology, rechargeable batteries and alternative fuel outlets. They are projected to reduce climate changing gases by 60% and smog causing pollution by 95%. Go NYC!