Mission: Sustainable

by John Hamlin 20. January 2010 11:10

Mission Sustainable is part of a Project to inform and educate individuals about environmental issues and the importance of making more sustainable life choices. Via the social medium of a TV show, you as viewers can prepare to witness the transformation of ordinary citizens as they grasp their impact on the planet. Each show features a new individual nominated by friends and family for a “sustainability makeover”. Their green expert consultants will then perform this customized makeover to fit the individual’s needs, desires, and lifestyle. The green experts at Mission Sustainable support the changes they propose with hard facts, measurable cost savings, and documented improvements to mind and body; these benefits will be verified by credible scientists, doctors, and financial experts.

This really caught our attention here at Green Benefits as a cool and unique way to create social awareness of the impact each of us has on our environment, and how we can make positive life changes to promote more sustainable living. We think that a TV show documenting the lives of individuals who are trying to become more environmentally aware is a great way to motivate others to think about their own carbon footprint and reevaluate their consumption habits, too. It is especially nice to watch a team of ‘green experts’ who take the guesswork out of the decision-making process for you and help guide you how to live your life more sustainably. We could all use some habit changes – from the way we consume and use our precious natural resources when we shower, drive, use electricity, and more. There are small changes that really do make a difference and this show seems like a unique and interesting way to get that point across. We were in fact so delighted about what Mission: Sustainable is doing that we decided to support them, not only by attending their upcoming Pilot Premier on February 11th (and you should too), but also by donating some awesome custom organic and environmentally-friendly printed shirts for their staff to wear. We want to continue doing our part to help the planet, and want you to know that you can too – in many ways – one of which involves using Green Benefits to promote your business sustainably!

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The FDA reverses their position on BPA

by John Hamlin 18. January 2010 13:05

The Food and Drug Administration has officially reversed its stand regarding BPA, the chemical found in plastic bottles and thousands of consumer goods.  This comes after their longstanding position maintaining that BPA is safe, backed by two major studies which were paid for by none other than the chemical industry itself. Further review of scientific evidence has (unsurprisingly) linked the chemical to a range of health problems and the FDA are now advising the public to take measurable steps to reduce their exposure.

However, despite the overwhelming evidence pointing to the dangers of BPA, regulators have not enforced regulations that ban the compound in manufacturing or require labeling of products containing BPA – apparently due to insufficient data to support a legal crackdown. 

Scary Statistic:  BPA is so prevalent that in fact over 90% of the US population has traces of it in their urine due to the leaching of BPA from containers into food and beverages.

While this a good first step that the FDA is finally recognizing the legitimate concern about BPA use, it may take some time before regulations are imposed to prevent its use and protect public health.  This adds another reason why it pays to be a wise and informed consumer and to opt for alternative products to plastic or ensure that your plastic is BPA-free.  Check out our Stainless Steel Reusable Water Bottles.

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Green-olutions For 2010

by John Hamlin 8. January 2010 09:38

It’s that time again where you have pledged to make some positive life changes in the upcoming New Year, from shedding some extra pounds and being healthy to spending less and saving money. Why not take the opportunity to add ‘Helping the Planet’ to your list of resolutions? Plus, did you know that ‘going green’ can help you achieve both those goals while doing your part for the Earth?

The buzz about our environment is getting louder and now is the time to realign your goals in accordance with a more sustainable future. If you’ve always found it a daunting task and haven’t been sure where to start, why don’t you take a moment to check out some pretty painless suggestions below:

EASY WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT:

  • Can’t live without your daily caffeine fix? Well, you could save trees and money by making it a habit to bring your own coffee mug along
  • Recycle your garbage – baby steps first, but once you get in the habit perhaps you’ll want to try composting your food waste too!
  • Take Back the Tap! Don’t buy disposable water bottles – not only are we incredibly lucky to have access to pure and great tasting tap water, but plastic is also the number one contributor to landfills. California alone throws away 3 billion water bottles a day – if you’re like me that is incentive enough! And, you’ll save money – why pay for a free commodity? Spending money on bottled water adds up fast! Read more to find out why you should bring the tap back and invest your money in a sustainably-made and reusable stainless steel water bottle instead.
  • Bring your own reusable shopping bag to the grocery store – keep it in your car or purse so that you always have it on you. We offer some great ones that roll up into a small and virtually weightless ball. Check them out here.
  • Buy Post-consumer Waste (PCW) Recycled paper instead of supporting Paper Companies that cut down virgin forests.  Did you know that only about 1% of paper in the US comes from Post-consumer Waste?  By increasing demand for this market we can raise incentive for Companies to supply recycled paper at a competitive price. Check out Gray’s Harbor Paper Company to see how they run a completely carbon-neutral manufacturing process where they produce superior 100% recycled paper without cutting down any trees or burning any fossil fuels.
  • Eliminate disposable products such as plastic cups, forks, and paper pates. If you can’t avoid them, switch to compostable ones made from corn.
  • Try to purchase local produce and support your smaller farmers (perhaps by visiting your local Farmers Market once a week). Decide on a few products you think are worth buying organic, even for the fractionally higher cost.
  • If you enjoy seafood, look into eating fish that are more sustainably harvested.  Click here for a guide and make informed decisions.
  • Conserve water by cutting down on shower time, and save paper by eliminating the junk mail you receive or view your bills online.  You can get out of those annoying credit card and insurance offers by going to www.optoutprescreen.com
  • Convert your light bulbs to more energy efficient CFC ones and you will actually save money on your bill each month!  They’re definitely worth the slightly higher upfront cost for the return savings in energy and money.
  • Most importantly, get educated and know the facts!  Being informed means being a wise consumer
  • and demanding products that help rather than hurt the future ability of this planet to sustain us. 

*Remember, there are different shades of Green and we aren’t asking that you start hugging trees, but you can feel good about trying your best and doing your part. It really does add up in the big picture!! So, pick a few (or as many) of these helpful tips that you can incorporate into your daily living. Once they become habit, you’ll realize how painless it really is to make earth-conscious choices every day.

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