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29
NOV

New Brands Showcase: Repurpose

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Home at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce a line of sustainable tableware that looks out for the health of you, your family, and the planet: Repurpose.

Repurpose offers an entire line of eco-friendly products exclusively from plants and are on a mission to reduce the amount of plastics in our environment. Single use plastics are not sustainable and Repurpose believes we can positively impact the environment by changing everyday behavior.

Less than 10% of single use plastic is recycled in the United States. These products are designed to be thrown away but unfortunately are made of a finite resource: petroleum. Nearly every piece of plastic ever made still exist today and about 8% of the world’s oil supply is used to make single plastics.

These alarming numbers are just the tip of the iceberg as waste is by far the biggest issue. The North Pacific gyre off the coast of California is home to the great Pacific garbage patch, the largest ocean garbage site in the world. In order to give you a better idea, the floating mass of plastic found in these waters is twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life by a measure of 6 to 1.

Repurpose creates products that are made from only plants, which are annually renewable resources. The company compostable are currently produced from the annually renewable resource corn (maize), the lowest cost and most widely available fermentable sugar in the world as well as sugar cane and bamboo. Repurpose products fit into any waste management system including traditional landfills.

Save even more when you shop Repurpose products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.




13
JUN

Have Fun Outdoors, Naturally!

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Water Purification and Storage at 9:18 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
camping

The frigid cold has subsided and the sun is a shining! Now’s the time to unplug, get outside and find oneness with Mother Nature. But before you do so, make sure you are prepared to handle the elements with eco-friendly and natural gear for the outdoors. It’s safe for you, your family and the planet.

Bug Spray

Steer well clear off repellents that use high concentrations of DEET, which the EPA reports to be toxic to birds, fish and aquatic invertebrates. When selecting a product that contains DEET, look for a low dose – around 30% will do the job — or check out some of our DEET-free alternatives here to safely repel bothersome bugs without toxic chemicals or the noxious stink of synthetic sprays.

Sunscreen

When spending longs periods of time in the sun, you’ll need a sunscreen that’s safe and gentle for the entire family. Many of Lucky’s sunscreens contain ingredients that effectively protect against UV exposure while soothing and hydrating the skin. Make sure to apply 20-30 minutes prior to sun exposure so that it can fully absorb.

Food Storage

Fans of the great outdoors will no doubt be familiar with the adage: “take nothing with you, leave nothing behind.” Doing so has never been easier, thanks to modern reusable storage options. Most of our storage products are BPA-free, phthalate-free and eco-friendly. Packing food for the kids? Then you’ll want to try these re-usable pouches — perfect for chia puddings, oatmeal and yogurts. Looking for a more durable reusable storage solution? Try storing snacks in these plastic- free, stainless steel bento-style containers.

Water bottles

Unfortunately, the days of dipping a canteen into the cool running waters of a babbling brook or stream are pretty much a thing of the past, making some variation of the “water bottle” a modern day outdoor necessity. This insulated water bottle will keep any nature lover hydrated all day with refreshing, cold H2O, while larger groups are sure to love these reusable gallon water bottles.

 




1
MAY

It’s Gardening Time

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Home at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
It’s the best time of the year for one great outdoor activity: gardening.

Many people love gardening and can’t wait for warmer days to start growing and cultivating plants. Gardening can be done in two different ways: ornamental plants and useful plants.

Ornamental gardening involves a variety of plants grown for their flowers foliage and a much nicer overall appearance. That’s the case of beautiful gardens with colorful flowers, combined with a neat, well-maintained lawn to make your front yard or your backyard looking great.

On the other hand, useful gardening includes plants grown for consumption and that’s the case of fruits, vegetables, roots and herbs. Some people prefer to grow their own veggies whenever possible, (weather permitting of course) making gardening a year-round practice.

Considered by many as one of the best relaxing activities, gardening also requires a few tool and perhaps a handful of accessories. You don’t have to live in a house to enjoy gardening as this fun activity does not require a lot of space and it can be done on a patio or even be located on a roof or balcony.

It’s hard to say what are the most popular plants in gardening but many people like to grow tomatoes, peppers, herbs, sprouts, onions, and berries are they are relatively easy to grow. It’s also important to remember to keep it green and grow all plants without pesticides and, if needed, only using organic fertilizers. This way, flowers, veggies, and fruits produced will not adversely affect people’s health as well as the environment.

Click here to check out our incredible selection of garden accessories at LuckyVitamin.com.




14
APR

New Brands Showcase: Glass Dharma

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Just when we got some alarming news about the increasing number of plastic in the oceans, Lucky Vitamin is introducing a new brand that can help reducing the plastic waste in our planet: Glass Dharma.

Glass Dharma offers an alternative to eliminate the need for straws made from plastic. Since 2007, the company has been producing glass drinking straws to create world-wide awareness about single use plastics and how damaging plastic straws are to the environment.

A recent report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched at the World Economic Forum is warning that there will be more waste plastic in the sea than fish by 2050, unless the industry cleans up its act. In addition, new plastics will consume 20% of all oil production within 35 years, up from an estimated 5% today. Despite the growing demand, just 5% of plastics are recycled effectively, while 40% end up in landfill and a third in fragile ecosystems such as the world’s oceans.

Glass Dharma is not only providing more glass straws available but also wants to help educate the public about reducing the amount of plastic straws endangering the environment. The company’s goal is to provide glass straws to at least 2% of the American public. With the U.S. population at about 300 million, this works out to 6 million straws.

You can save even more when you shop Glass Dharma products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code APR16NEW16 at checkout to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand.




28
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Yoxo

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Environment,Green Living at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B27Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce an innovative brand of toys to our customers: Yoxo.

Yoxo creates award-winning toys to inspire kids to design and build their own toys. The company has a sustainable and recyclable approach to making toys. The primary ingredient in all Yoxo products is wood pulp, considered one of the more sustainable and recyclable materials on earth.

All durable Yoxo links are made from 95% SFI-certified recycled wood fiber and are 100% recyclable. Additionally, the company uses FSC-certified post-consumer recycled paper and cardboard whenever possible.

Yoxo’s award-winning building sets inspire kids to design and build their own toys using recyclable Y, O, and X-shaped links that connect in countless ways with everyday household materials like paper towel rolls and cereal boxes. Yoxo even links with other toy building sets including LEGO, KRE-O and Mega Bloks.

You can save even more when you shop Yoxo products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR16NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.




20
JAN

Join the Movement: Reusable Shopping Bags

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you are still using plastic bags when grocery shopping, it’s time to start thinking about joining the movement: start using reusable shopping bags.

Plastic grocery bags have been useful to carry items from a store to our homes for many years but we should not ignore the impact these single-use little monsters have in our environment.

Each year millions of discarded plastic shopping bags end up as litter in the environment when improperly disposed of, and due to their durability, plastic bags can take centuries to decompose in landfills. Additionally, large buildups of plastic bags can cause other problems such as clogging drainage systems, contributing to flooding, and when carried long distances by ocean currents, plastic bags can strangle marine animals. Some stores have banned plastic bags but the majority of retailers continue to use this single-use item.

Of course plastic bags can be reused and people have found several alternative uses for this modern day problem. Lighter weight plastic bags are often reused as trash bags or to pick up pet feces. Plus, modern plastic shopping bags are increasingly using recyclable or biodegradable materials which is a step in the right direction.

However, an even better, more eco-friendly idea is to shop a reusable bag. Available in many different shapes, materials, and colors, these heavy-duty shopping bags have nearly no impact on our environment and are actually a much easier way to carry your grocery items home. These bags hardly ever break and can better protect fragile items such as glass jars, eggs, or fruits.

What are we waiting for? Don’t wait any longer. Get your reusable shopping bags and start helping our planet Earth right now.




29
SEP

Give Your Ragweed Allergies a Boot with These 5 Superfoods

Filed Under: Environment,Superfoods at 2:25 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
For some, the first indication of autumn is the Labor Day weekend, which among other things signifies the unofficial end of another care free summer and the beginning of a new school year. For others, however, the first hint that fall is just around the corner includes itchy, watery eyes, a runny nose and sneezing – all symptoms of the dreaded ragweed, the notorious allergen of the new season.

Experts say that an unusually wet spring is the reason for the most severe ragweed season in recent memory.

Whatever the reason for it, ragweed season is now in full force throughout most of the US. It hits its victims hard and doesn’t pull any punches until the first full frost strikes. For many allergy suffers, that means up to two months of discomfort with side effects that may include sick days from school and work, and an inability to enjoy life to the fullest.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Beyond taking OTC and prescription allergy medications, many of which have their own unpleasant side effects (like severe drowsiness), changing one’s clothing and taking a shower after an extended period outdoors and keeping the house and work place clean and free of dust, there are a number of natural ways of boosting your immune system that may help minimize the impact of fall allergies.

And there’s more good news: our suggestions all taste delicious.

By simply adding these five superfoods to your diet – foods rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants and folic acid – the inflammation associated with fall allergies may be reduced.

  1. Cruciferous vegetables– research from the University Of California School Of Medicine found that cruciferous vegetables may play a key role in preventing allergy symptoms and asthma. Researchers found, Sulforaphane — a chemical in broccoli — triggers an increase of antioxidant enzymes in the human airway that offers protection against the numerous free radicals that we inhale every day. Foods like broccoli and kale are also high in Vitamin C, a natural antihistamine.
  2. Apples– in addition to Vitamin C, apples also contain high amounts of quercetin — one of the most important alternative remedies when it comes to allergies because of its ability to stabilize mast cells, which release histamine.
  3. Onions and garlic —like apples, onions and garlic are full of quercetin, which works similar to many of the prescription drugs on the market today by acting like an anti-histamine. Onions contain roughly 100 milligrams of quercetin per 3-1/2 ounces. Onions and garlic also help to regulate and boost our immune system, which helps to fight off allergies.
  4. Citrus fruits – oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes contain large doses of Vitamin C. One large orange contains roughly 100mg of Vitamin C. On top of being packed with Vitamin C, lemons and other citrus fruits also contain high levels of antioxidants.
  5. Fresh fish – salmon, mackerel, herring, anchovies and sardines are high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which help combat the inflammation associated with seasonal allergies. A German study that was published in the journal of Allergy, found that peoples whose diets were rich in omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to suffer allergy symptoms.

A final suggestion: if you suffer from ragweed allergies, check your local allergy forecast before venturing outside each day. When the allergy count is unusually high, opt to stay in-doors as much as possible with the air conditioner turned on.




12
AUG

5 Eco Friendly Lunch Ideas

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
lunchHere’s some food for thought — the less you throw away, the more money you save. Try replacing some (or all!) of your paper or plastic lunch storage and transportation options with some of the eco-friendly alternatives below. Go green and save green, who doesn’t love that?

Save money on Ziplocks – You can get 20 quart Ziplocs at your local grocery store for about $3.70 (just under twenty cents a pop). And if you’re like most, you probably wind up throwing them away after each use, which can add up in a hurry. Instead, consider making the switch to these reusable storage bags made of FDA-Grade PEVA Film. They are PVC-, lead- and BPA-free and are machine washable.

Forget the brown bag – Down with the brown! Help create a waste-free lunch by replacing your brown bag with a reusable tote from Repreve. Their lunch totes are stylish and constructed using 50% post-consumer recycled bottle fabric. The FDA-grade lining and non-toxic coated exterior wipes clean and is PVC-, lead- and BPA-Free to boot.

Ban the Bottle – More than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills and incinerators every day, so why not make the switch to a reusable water bottle? Our favorites are stainless steel or glass. If you go glass, make sure to pair it with a protective sleeve that will help prevent accidental breakage.

Rethink Your Storage – Reusable containers are a great way to prevent food waste, but those icky plastics ones are loaded with toxic chemicals and other junk you don’t want coming anywhere near your lunch. Let’s not even talk about what happens when you microwave plastic. Our solution, go glass! You’ll see that your food not only tastes better, but the cleanup is easier too!

Food in Jars – It’s all the rage to put your food in jars. You can easily layer a salad beautifully in a mason jar. Keep in mind that the dressing is always the first (bottom) layer. We recommend using wide mouth jars as well because they hold more ingredients and are easier to wash. They’re a portable way to get your greens on the go.

 




2
AUG

5 Cleaning Agents to Keep Out of Your Home

Filed Under: Environment,Health Concerns & Ailments,Natural Cleaning Aids at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Cleaning ProductsDid you know that a good number of household cleaners contain toxic ingredients that can be harmful to you and your family? Many conventional products use powerful toxic ingredients which are carcinogens and endocrine disrupters. Natural cleaning products can clean as effectively as their petrochemical counterparts without polluting your home as well as the environment. So, next time you shop cleaning products, check all ingredients on the labels and make sure they do not include any of these 5 cleaning agents to keep away from your home.

1. Ammonia: found in bathroom cleaners, polish products for sinks and jewelry, as well as in glass cleaners, ammonia is a powerful irritant that can develop serious health issues such as chronic bronchitis and asthma. Ammonia is also known to cause irritation to eyes and mucous membranes, breathing difficulty, wheezing, chest pains, pulmonary edema, and skin burns. High exposure can lead to blindness, lung damage, heart attack or death.

2. Phthalates: air fresheners, dish soap, toilet paper, and other fragranced cleaners may contain this dangerous ingredient. If you see the word “fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance phthalates are present because, by law, companies do not have to disclose what’s in their scents. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors. Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through inhalation, it can also happen through skin contact with scented soaps or other personal care products.

3. Phenols: found in toilet bowl cleaners, disinfectants, and other household products, phenols are toxic to respiratory and circulatory systems. This chemical is still used in the United States but because of the threat posed to the environment by nonyl phenols, the European Union has banned this harmful ingredient from all cleaning products manufactured or used in the EU.

4. 2-Butoxyethanol: commonly found in window, kitchen, carpet, and multipurpose cleaners, 2-butoxyethanol/ ethylene glycol butyl ether can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and may cause blood disorders, as well as liver and kidney damage. May also cause reproductive damage with long-term exposure.

5. Chlorine: widely used in toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers, laundry whiteners, and even in tap water, the health risks from chlorine can be serious. Chlorine is a respiratory irritant at an acute level and is listed as a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.




13
MAR

5 Ingredients to Avoid in Household Products

Filed Under: Environment,Natural Cleaning Aids at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Spring CleaningSpring is just around the corner but before you start shopping for your annual spring cleaning, check out some news about household cleaners containing toxic ingredients. Learning about these potentially toxic chemicals is extremely important as these ingredients can be harmful to you and your family; instead, let nature do the dirty work for you.

1. Phthalates

Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors but are often found in air fresheners, dish soap, toilet paper, and other cleaners. If you see the word “fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance phthalates are present because, by law, companies do not have to disclose what’s in their scents. Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through inhalation, it can also happen through skin contact with scented soaps or other personal care products.

2. 2-Butoxyethanol

Often found in window, kitchen, carpet, and multipurpose cleaners, 2-butoxyethanol/ethylene glycol butyl may cause blood disorders as well as liver and kidney damage. Additionally, it causes sore throats when inhaled and long-term exposure may contribute to necrosis, pulmonary edema, and may cause reproductive damage.

3. Chlorine

Widely used in toilet bowl cleaners, laundry whiteners, mildew removers, scouring powders and even in tap water, the health risks from chlorine can be acute, and chronic. Chlorine is a respiratory irritant at an acute level and is listed as a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

4. Glycol Ethers

Found in cleaning products, liquid soaps, and a variety of household products glycol ethers are used as solvents. Acute exposure to these chemicals can result in necrosis, pulmonary edema and serious kidney and liver damage. Long-term exposure can cause fatigue, nausea, anemia, tremors and anorexia.

5. Ammonia

Often used in bathroom cleaners, polish products for sinks and jewelry, as well as in glass cleaners, ammonia is a powerful irritant that can develop serious health issues such as chronic bronchitis and asthma. Ammonia evaporates, doesn’t leave streaks and is known to cause irritation to eyes and mucous membranes, breathing difficulty, wheezing, chest pains, pulmonary edema, and skin burns. High exposure can lead to blindness, lung damage, heart attack or death. Ammonia can also create a poisonous gas when mixed with bleach.




9
FEB

5 Reasons to Buy a Water Bottle

Filed Under: Environment,Water Purification and Storage at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Water bottlesDo you own a reusable water bottle? We hope you do, but if you are still a consumer of packaged-in-plastic water, here are 5 great reasons to buy a water bottle and stop shopping bottled water.

1. Environment

The number one reason to purchase a reusable water bottle is to protect the environment. Millions of plastic bottles are used every day and only about 10% of those actually get recycled. That’s a ton of waste, literally. On top of that, add all the fuel used for transportation and manufacturing of plastic, and we are talking about a huge, and totally avoidable, impact on our environment.

2. Save Money

Shopping bottled water is very expensive. If you calculate the amount of money you spend for bottled water you drink every day, you are likely to stop buying it right away. Drinking the recommended daily amount of water using bottled water can cost an average of $1,500 per year.

3. BPA – Bisphenol A

BPA is an estrogen mimicking chemical in plastic that may affect your health. Studies have shown that BPA may affect brain function, immune function, hormonal function, as well as affecting babies, as some plastic toys contain BPA. When shopping a reusable water bottle, choose aluminum, glass or make sure the plastic ones are BPA-free.

4. Tap Water

Did you know that over 90 percent of public water systems meet EPA’s standards for tap water quality? So, you actually do not need to buy bottled water. If you still don’t trust your local tap water, a filtration system is an excellent way to provide top quality water for you and your family.

5. Bottled Tap Water

You are spending your money on top-quality brands of bottled water only to find out that about 40 percent of bottled water comes from tap water. The Natural Resources Defense Council has confirmed that the majority of brands of water contain a good percentage of water from tap.




31
JAN

What’s New? Dropps

Filed Under: Environment,Natural Cleaning Aids at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
DroppsUsing natural cleaning products can really make a difference for the environment. If you want to make the switch from conventional to green products but have yet to find a good brand, Lucky Vitamin has good news for you. We are happy to introduce Dropps products to our customers.

Dropps offers an exclusive line of cleaning products made with natural ingredients and without dangerous chemicals. This eco-friendly brand only produces products that are phosphate-free, chlorine-free and NPE-free. The company uses less water, less plastic, take up less space, cost much less to ship, and leave tremendously less mess in landfills. Dropps fresh scent, scent dye free, and baby laundry detergent formulas have been approved by the DfE – Design for the Environment – program, which recognizes products with safer chemistry.

Dropps was created to develop and produce cleaning products with formulas that could keep fabrics looking vibrant, soft, better, and longer in a convenient, dissolvable pack. This innovative formula contains a split personality: tough on dirt, but gentle on your favorite garments. Dropps mess-free, feather-weight detergent packs are filled with super-concentrated cleaning magic. Pre-measured for foolproof laundry-doing, the dissolvable packs waste nothing and are the perfect product for busy moms, dorm-dwellers, and anyone else who do not want to be bothered measuring, pouring and weightlifting the big-bottle brands.

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop Dropps products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JAN15NEW15 at checkout for an additional 15% all products of this new brand.




28
JAN

8 Food Trends of 2015

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Environment,Nutrition at 10:38 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
foodtrendsMove over quinoa and bye bye kale.

Each new year brings new food trends in the nutrition world.  Whether it be advances in technology and the discovery of new culinary techniques or the revival of popular, healing foods from the past, what’s old is new and what’s new is, well…really interesting. That’s the wonderful thing about food — it’s completely a matter of taste, and there’s no shortage of trends to explore.

Sip on This: In major metropolitan areas people are trading in their Starbucks for coffee cups of bone broth. This nutritiously packed food contains a plethora of vitamins and minerals that can help with everything from joint pain to cellulite. Its soothing, warming – not to mention healing – qualities make bone broth the perfect comfort food this winter.

Get Smart, Be “Bulletproof”: By adding grass-fed butter and coconut oil or MCT oil to your coffee it becomes Bulletproof Coffee. This combo of ingredients is said to trigger weight loss, decrease brain fog and boost cognitive function.

Insect Invasion – Cricket Flour. Yes you read correctlyIt’s popping up in everything from protein bars to baked goods and is being promoted as the most sustainable protein on the planet. Edible insects provide protein, fats and essential amino acids without consuming as many resources or emitting anywhere near the level of greenhouse gases that are associated with the production of animal proteins.

Savory Yogurt – The Stone Barns at Blue Hill in Tarrytown, New York is known as a farm to table mecca amongst the region’s foodie locavores. Recently, they have branched out to add veggies such as beets and squash to their yogurts to rave reviews and predictably delicious results. It shouldn’t be long before other eateries hop on the bandwagon.

Millet, The New Grain – This gluten-free grain has been a staple in Eastern Europe and Asian for thousands of years.  It’s delicious, mildly sweet and fluffy when cooked. We recommend toasting millet prior to cooking to bring out its earthy flavor.

A New Superfood: Sometimes referred to as the “Queen of Superfruits”,  baobab originated in Africa and is loaded with vitamins, fiber and twice the antioxidants of acai fruit. Eat it raw or sprinkle in some baobab power to supercharge your smoothies.

The Future of Food – Molecular gastronomy has been around for a while now, but new techniques are being used to create sustainable foods utilizing plants as an alternative to animal-based foods.

Crazy for Cruciferous: Sometimes genetically modifying vegetable can be good thing, like when it results in an amazing hybrid species such as kalettes. This sweet and nutty union of brussel sprouts and kale burst onto the scene in the Fall of 2014 and is sure to be a new, featured player on the foodie scene in the new year.

 




19
OCT

5 Ingredients Hiding in your Feminine Hygiene

Filed Under: Environment,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
Maxim

 

More and more people are reading foods labels to check for GMOs and other harmful additives. But what about your feminine hygiene products?  GMO cotton is bleached, sprayed with pesticides and is teeming with toxins. Do we really want these poison products anywhere near our private parts? This has got to end.

Rayon/Viscose – When choosing feminine care look for brands like Maxim that use 100% organic and natural cotton. Organic cotton is grown without the use of Pesticides, Fungicides, Herbicides, Sewage Sludge, Irradiation or Genetic Engineering. Instead, Organic Farmers use natural alternative methods and tools that help enhance soil quality and biodiversity and protect the air and water on which we depend. Who wouldn’t prefer their most intimate products to be made from only all organic and natural methods?

Chlorine/Dioxin  – Keep carcinogens away from your most intimate body parts. Dioxin is a chemical substance or resulting residue of the Chlorine bleaching process. It can stay within the fluff fibers of the product materials that come in contact with your body, leading to prolonged exposure to this toxic carcinogen (cancer-causing substance). Maxim products are bleached through a safer process which uses Hydrogen-Peroxide, a natural and safe alternative to Chlorine.

Synthetics – When synthetics come in contact with the body they can create unfavorable conditions leading to allergy, irritation, discomfort, and even that slight discomfort you may have experienced recently with your conventional products.

Wood Fluff Pulp – A tree byproduct that is obtained by destroying natural forests.  Maxim products use cotton which  is a more renewable crop that can be harvested once a year, whereas trees take 6 – 12 years to grow. Also, once the trees are harvested and cut down, they go through a very harsh chemical treatment in order to break them down in to the cotton-like and looking absorbent core you’re used to seeing in other pads. Do not be fooled – even though it looks like cotton, it might not actually be cotton.

Fragrance – Many conventional feminine hygiene brands use irritants, such as Fragrances, which are not natural and can cause irritation and discomfort. The plastics, viscose, wood fluff pulp, perfume, super-absorbents and other petro-chemical fillers found in standard feminine hygiene products creates what’s called a “heat-dampness micro-climate” in the body, which is an ideal environment for encouraging the growth of bacteria, fungi and other irritation-causing subjects.

This week, enter our giveaway to win four Maxim products of your choice. Keep carcinogens away from your most intimate parts!




17
OCT

The Hidden Dangers of GMOs

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Environment,Food Politics at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
GMO_DangersMany of the US’s most harvested crops, including corn, soy, sugar beets and cotton, contain DNA that was manipulated in labs to resist drought, disease and insect infestation. However, these potentially dangerous genes can be transferred to DNA found in bacteria living inside of us. Unfortunately, that’s just the beginning.

GMOs are bad for the environment. Overuse of Roundup results in “superweeds,” resistant to the herbicide. In return, farmers have to use even more toxic herbicides every year. Between 1996 and 2008, US farmers sprayed an extra 383 million pounds of herbicide on GMOs. As if that weren’t bad enough, herbicides like Roundup reduce biodiversity and can harm insects, birds and other animals.

GMOs are affecting our health. The number of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses has increased from 7% to 13% over the past nine years – a figure that doesn’t even account for the increase in food allergies, autism, and reproductive and digestive issues that afflict more and more of us each year. Many medical groups including the American Public Health Association and American Nurse Association condemn the use of GM bovine growth hormone due to the fact that milk from treated cows contain insulin growth factor 1, which has been shown to cause cancer.

GMOs will not feed the world. Contrary to Big Agriculture’s argument, the agricultural methods behind GMOs do not result in higher yields. A report authored by more than 400 scientists and backed by 58 governments with The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) stated that GM crop yields were “highly variable” and in some cases, “yields declined.”

GMOs are present in over 70% of supermarket foods. Protect yourself and protect your family by doing the research and making smart choices. This handy guide will help you identify and avoid foods with GMOs.