The good news seems to keep piling up! More and more companies are seeing what they can do to make non toxic living a priority for all.
New Initiative Makes Renewable Energy Research For Cheaper Options A Priority
Despite the overwhelming affect of climate change on our lives, only 2 percent of global public research is dedicated to renewable energy. The Global Apollo Programme is going to do all it can to make new-build renewable projects cheaper than new-build coal projects in sunny areas by 2020, and globally by 2025. This is huge non toxic news and will hopefully make renewable energy solutions a priority for our future.
Lego Invests Big to Replace Oil-Based Plastics
Lego has been a part of child creativity for years and they are trying to take their impact to a new level. A lesser level to be more precise. Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability at Lego stated that there are more than 90 times as many Lego pieces as humans on Earth. Their impact on the planet is huge and they are in search of an alternative to the oil-based plastic that has kept them going for years. The task will be a challenge, because of many factors, but they are investing $150 million and over 100 experts to tackle it. They have recently dropped their 50 year partnership with Shell Oil because of the GreenPeace video below and have significantly reduced their packaging. We believe in their non toxic efforts!
U.K. Supermarket Donates Food Instead of Throwing it Away
Tesco, the largest supermarket chain in the U.K., threw away 30,000 tons of edible food last year. This year, they will donate it to people in need. We all think it, but now people are starting to change it. Why do supermarkets and bakeries have to throw out perfectly edible food? These days many countries and regions are starting to ignore the age old thought of food being unsellable after the first day. Many are selling foods at a discount or even donating it. Keeping good food out of the landfill and sending it where it should go, to hungry people. Zero waste is one of the most non toxic life goals you can commit to, let's go for it!
FDA Finally Bans Artificial Trans Fat
The FDA has ordered food processors to eliminate artificial trans fat from their products in the next three years. There has been much debate on whether the FDA is over-stepping it's bounds. However, the bottom line is that artificial trans fats cause tens of thousands of death per year & this ban could help cut down heart disease. Many food companies have chosen to voluntarily remove these fats already, but through a labeling loophole, some brands don't have to disclose certain amounts of these harmful ingredients. In our opinion, less artificial ingredients is a non toxic win.
Study Finds Direct Link Between the Brain and the Immune System
Dr. Kevin Lee of the University of Virginia, stated that the textbooks are going to have to be corrected. Their study has discovered that their is a direct connection between our brain and our immune system. The lymphatic system carries a clear fluid filled with white blood cells that cleanses the body of toxins. The lymphatic system was believed to end at the base of the skull, but recent research has discovered that these vessels are well hidden, but actually present in the brain. These finding may have huge implications on the treatment of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis.
Monica Schrock is a passionate non-toxic lifer and has her own non-toxic, vegan and cruelty-free skin care company, Bare Bones Body Care. You will most likely catch her drinking coffee, playing basketball, reading comics or laughing uncontrollably.