CSN Giveaway, BPA Update, Lunafest

Today’s post is food-free, but has some things I want to share. First on the docket:

The lovely people at CSN stores have offered one of my readers a $40 gift certificate to use on any of their shopping sites. CSN is a network of over 200 online stores (that a lotta shopping, guys) selling everything from dining room chairs to ice cream makers (my new favorite kitchen toy – thanks CSN!).

Stop by and check out their website and leave me a message telling me what you’d spend your $40 on if you won. I’ll announce a winner on Wednesday. Be sure to include your email address so that I can contact you and let you know you’ve won. This contest is open to residents of the USA and Canada.  (Please note:  extra International shipping fees may apply on Canadian orders.)

source: maine.gov

Next up:

I came across this website Take Back the Tap that I wanted to share. With stories out about how much BPA is actually in our foods – not just our plastic bottles – I was happy to see this tap water movement. Could you give up bottled water? I love using my Sigg water bottle and am rarely without it day-to-day. I used to be one of those people who would reuse my Poland Springs water bottle until it started to disintegrate (ew, there is probably so much BPA in my system now). Not any more! Tap water all the way for me.

I recently asked my class ‘o freshmen if they knew about BPA and was alarmed to see a bunch of blank stares, as they sipped out of their Vitamin Water bottles (that’s a rant for another day).

BPA is mainly found in polycarbonate plastic, which is labeled with the number 7; in plastic food wrap, and in the resins that coat the inside of metal cans for food. It is so prevalent in today’s products that it is even in refrigerator shelving, water bottles, plastic food storage containers, water pipes and flooring.

BPA is an endocrine disrupter that mimics the hormone estrogen. Studies have shown harmful biological effects on animals using low-doses of the chemical – such as breast tissue changes, prostate tumors, kidney problems, and premature puberty – and harmful effects on humans have been observed outside of studies.

No hidden agenda here. I really just wanted to share some info and my thoughts on BPA since it scares the bleep out of me. I’m going to make more of an effort to reduce any BPA containing plastic that’s associated with my food, whether it’s from my canned beans or Tupperware. Funk already won’t let me go near the microwave with a plastic plate or container, and I’ll continue to drink my H2o from the tap. Maybe you’ll want to drink tap water more if you win $40 to put towards a water filtration system from CSN Stores, no?

source: lunafest.org

And finally for the local folk:

There’s a great event by Luna coming up next week.

LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival – by, for, about women – dedicated to building community, through the power of film…through the power of story.

Join Luna for the Boston Premiere at the Liberty Hotel in Boston on Wednesday, November 10th at 7pm. Donations will be accepted for the Breast Cancer Fund – the leading national organization focused on preventing breast cancer before it starts. Find out more info or purchase tickets at lunafest.org. Post-show reception in the Rotunda includes open bar (wine & beer), dessert, and door prizes.

Disclaimer: I was not paid to promote CSN, BPA, Take Back the Tap, or LUNAFEST


  1. Posted November 5, 2010 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Ooo, I’d totally get bamboo steamers. I’ve been wanting to get those for a while now!

    I could definitely go without bottled water. I use tap water at home 🙂
    Btw – I think i’ve come across a couple articles that Sigg does have BPA also. I don’t use sigg bottles so I didn’t really read them too thoroughly, but i think if you use one regularly it’s worth looking into.

  2. Janel
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    I think you’re right about some Sigg bottles! I remember reading that in Body + Soul magazine last year and they were letting everyone bring their old BPA sigg bottle to Whole Foods to replace it with a non-BPA one, so I definitely did that ASAP!

  3. Beth
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    I would probably buy new towels bc mine are getting a bit cruddy. Is that pathetic???

    As for water bottles and BPA, I just drink a ton of water – I don’t really pay attention to what’s holding it (plastic bottle, Nalgene, SIGG) so long as I have it! (I know this is probably bad, but bad things are everywhere)

  4. Posted November 5, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Great post, Janel! Add to the list of sneaky BPA sources some cash register receipts and pizza boxes, if you can believe it. It’s flippin’ *everywhere*. We now avoid canned goods as much as possible – but it’s worth noting that Eden Organics doesn’t use any BPA in its can linings – so their canned beans, etc. are safer . . . otherwise, I think that fresh or tetra-pack (boxes like juice boxes) are best for now . . . .

  5. Posted November 5, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I would love to get a mandolin! And I’ve been trying to convince my boyfriend’s family to stop buying so much bottled water but they are just so picky and won’t drink tap water!

  6. Posted November 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Sigg used to have BPA but apparently they stopped it. If you have an old bottle I would definitely get it replaced. Great post! Wish I could go to the LunaFest!

  7. Posted November 5, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    over here-with the hot weather-leaving the plastic water bottle in the car-the reaction is faster.

  8. Linda
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    I’d get the Taylor & Ng 7 Piece 14″ Preseasoned Round Bottom Wok Set if I won the CSN Giveaway. By the way, thanks for the information on BPA. Now I’ll be more aware of the number 7 on my cans and bottles.

  9. Cheryl
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    I would actually love to get an ice cream maker… Been dying to have one for a while!!

  10. domestic diva
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    I’d use it toward a guidecraft kitchen helper. Thanks for the chance!

  11. kari
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    I’d get a new glass teapot with glass infuser.

  12. Posted November 7, 2010 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    I never buy bottled water. This is great information for people who don’t know the harmful effects. I already drink tap water, so I would use the $40 for new flannel sheets for my kiddo for this winter! Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Posted November 7, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    I’d put the money towards a new blender — mine expired after ten years of occasional use followed by 5 months of intense baby food pureeing!

  14. Posted November 9, 2010 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    I would Love to own the Nordicware Platinum Butterfly Cake Pan – 80248 ….Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

  15. Posted November 9, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    thanks for the giveaway. i would love a crock pot!

  16. Mary Jenkins
    Posted November 13, 2010 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    I would buy the Plan Toys tea set for my daughter!


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