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.)
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?
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