Monday, January 26, 2015

Review - Toxin Toxout

Toxins are everywhere ... in body care products, foods, clothing, new cars, and even water. They float in the air, settle in the earth, and pollute the environment in countless ways. They also harm us!

Did you know that BPA (used in food packaging) has been linked to heart disease? Triclosan, a common ingredient in anti-bacterial products, is causing increased rates of allergies. C8, the stuff in Teflon, is being linked to all kinds of medical problems including cancer, thyroid disease, and high cholesterol. Those are just a few of the over 80,000 synthetic chemicals in commerce today.

As "greenies" we work hard to avoid them, educating ourselves on harmful ingredients and how they enter our bodies, and diligently reading labels. But the large number of chemicals in our world means that they are hard to avoid. And avoiding them doesn't address the problem of chemicals already in our systems.

So how do we get this "stuff" out of our bodies?

My Review

Review of Toxin Toxout, getting harmful chemicals out of our bodies and our world.
I was invited to read Toxin Toxout by authors Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith.

Using self-experimentation and interviews with experts, Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith take a look at how toxins enter our bodies and then go on to investigate detox programs, including the body's own natural detox mechanisms. They discuss the value of herbal remedies, diets, detox kits, and things like the use of saunas to sweat the toxins out.

Their treatment evaluation table was fascinating. While I don't want to give you all the results, I will say that many of the popular therapies available today have no detox effectiveness and are, basically, a waste of money. It turns out that some of the least expensive methods are actually the most effective.

In a chapter entitled "Clean, Green Economic Machine", the authors talk about what to do with contaminated products. For example, we know that Teflon is bad but what do we do with any pans we already have? If they go into a landfill or incinerator, those toxic chemicals enter the soil and/or air. Further, what needs to happen to ensure that harmful chemicals never enter our environment in the first place. It's an interesting look at the difficulties with adopting a fully holistic approach which covers everything from manufacturing to use to disposal of stuff. And by the way, there doesn't seem to be a good way to dispose of those Teflon pans at this time.

My favorite chapter is the last one, entitled "The Toxin Toxout Top 10". Readers are given a simple "to do" list ... easy actions which each of us can adopt to both eliminate and avoid toxins. Is it a perfect list? Of course not. Governments, corporations, and society in general need to shift their thought processes to completely eliminate toxins from our world. Until that happens (and there is evidence that it is happening), there are many things that we can do to avoid the harm caused by chemicals.

My Thoughts

I believe that this is an important book. It isn't a casual read. Indeed, I found it hard to get through at times. The sheer volume of information takes time to absorb. For those who wish to take some time with it, Toxin Toxout offers useful information.

Would I recommend this book? YES! It not only tells us the problem, it gives us practical solutions and hope for the future.

If you'd like to pick up your own copy of Toxin Toxout, you can buy it HERE.

I received a copy of "Toxin Toxout" in order to write this review. I received no other compensation. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone and reflect my honest opinion of the material reviewed.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Photos

Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)!

Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World!

If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far.

This post contains great information and I encourage you to read through it at your leisure ... however, if you are short on time, you might find the following quick links helpful:

The last challenge of 2014 asked for your "wish list" ... the things you'd like to see (or not) on Reduce Footprints. We had a couple of suggestions:

Argentum Vulgaris suggested that Meet & Greet get a facelift.
I took this comment to heart and revamped the series. Meet & Greet will now be an introduction to a green blog which I will choose from blogs I visit on my Internet travels or from blogs recommended by others. The goal will be to meet more "greenies" and grow our community.

Green Girl suggested the following: "On a bit of a shallow note, I'm searching for an eco-friendly, high quality lipstick that has deep color and is long lasting. Same with blonde highlighting solution. If you can do a review of these kinds of products, I would appreciate it. I admit I'm NOT the DIY type, so I'm always searching for the eco-alternative in a developed product. On a more intelligent note, I would love to get your review about a documentary called "I AM", by Tom Shadyac. It is my favorite movie and I think it is so important to sustainability."
I'd love to help on the lipstick and hair color reviews but I don't use either of those items. If anyone has done a review on these products, please leave us a comment with the link. The movie, "I AM", sounds fascinating. If I can find a version to watch online or if it comes to my area, I will see it and write a review. Thank you for the suggestions!

Thank you both for your ideas! As always, if anyone has a suggestion for content on Reduce Footprints, please send it to me HERE.

The Honor Society are those people who help us spread the "green" word by writing an article about our challenges and/or leaving pertinent comments.

Morag visited a previous challenge and upped the ante. Here are her comments: "Hi! I'm so glad to have found this Change the World Wednesday challenge. I've got a couple of ideas to up the anti :) Go vegetarian (organic of course) with your beverage (most beers, wines, lagers and ciders are filtered through some kind of animal product). If you can't find a local beverage go for a fairtrade one. It may not lower your environmental footprint but it will make the purchase a fairer one for the people making it. All of that plus your packaging tips, I'm wondering if any such product exists! Going off now to check out your previous challenges :) ... "
Excellent, Morag! Anyone willing to accept this challenge and share the results?

During my hiatus, Argentum Vulgaris kept CTWW alive by hosting his own weekly challenges. He came up with some interesting ideas. Here's the list:
Thanks, AV ... I appreciate all your efforts and enjoyed your challenges!

This Week's Challenge:

This year, we're going to add monthly themes to our challenges. Each month, I'll reveal the theme and then we'll focus on challenges which support the topic. Since we only have two challenges this month, I thought we'd start out gently to flex our challenge muscles.

January's theme is: Why we do it

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Photos
There are many reasons to live green. For some, it's to protect the natural environment. Others want to ensure clean air and water for their children and grandchildren.

They say that a picture is worth a 1000 words. So let's show the world why we live green!

Here's your challenge ...

This week, take a photo (or photos) which speaks to why you live green. If you can, post the photos on your blog. If you'd rather not, just take the photo to remind yourself of why you live in an Eco-friendly way.

OR ...

If you'd rather not take photos, consider your reasons about why you live green and share them either on your blog or in the comments section of this post.

Are you ready to show the world why you live green? I know that you are!

Want an easy way to keep up with our challenges?
Just add the banner below to your blog by
copying the code & pasting it into your site!

Change The World Wednesday on Reduce Footprints

Until next time ...


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Guest Post - Recycling Cell Phones – GreenBuyback – Be Green | Get Green

According to the Electronics Take Back Coalition, consumers purchased 1.8 billion cell phones in 2013. 125 million of those phones are iPhones alone. It is anticipated that the US will increase purchases of cell phones to a projected 1.96 billion in 2015. These are tremendous numbers and are consistently trending upwards. There is a major concern for the amount of potential e-waste this could create if consumers are throwing these phones away after they upgrade to a new phone.

What happens if cell phones end up in a landfill?

Cell phones and accessories contain heavy metals such as: cadmium, nickel, lead, mercury, manganese, lithium, zinc, arsenic, antimony, beryllium, and copper. If any of these metals leak into the natural environment, toxins may leak into the soil and contaminate it. This may cause metals to enter back into the food chain and cause major health problems. Dumping e-waste into landfills is simply not a sustainable method. This is creating a long-term pollution risk to our environment. We need to work together to recycle and reuse these cell phones and other electronics and help keep them out of landfills.

Recycling Cell Phones – GreenBuyback – Be Green | Get Green

GreenBuyback - We Want to Help Find a New Home for Your Phone

GreenBuyback is a buyback company that purchases cell phones and tablets from consumers nationwide. It is our goal to provide top dollar in order to incentivize consumers to sell their cell phone. GreenBuyback’s primary goal is to find your used phone a new home rather than leaving it in a drawer, or even worse, throwing it in a garbage can. GreenBuyback even buys damaged phones. We work with partners that reuse parts and always recycle unused components. We have a zero-waste policy so you can feel good about selling your old phone and making some extra cash.

What are consumers doing with their old phones?

GreenBuyback questioned many of their customers what they were doing with their old phones? Some typical responses are “saving them in case I need a spare” or “I know there is value, I just didn’t know where to turn” or “I am scared to sell my cell phone because my data is on my cell phone” GreenBuyback asked their followers on Twitter how many total cell phones are in your house? The average household that responded was 4 phones per house. The highest amount of cell phones in one house that responded was 14 phones!

How does GreenBuyback Help the Environment?

GreenBuyback gives consumers a safe option to easily sell your cell phone or tablet from the comfort of your home. GreenBuyback is dedicated to educate consumers the value of recycling their cell phones, not only for the extra cash, but also for the benefit for the environment. GreenBuyback primarily resells all equipment that is collected from the website. In the case of purchasing damaged phones, we have partnered with trusted repair centers that we resell to. These agents reuse as many components of the electronics that they can. Every other component is properly recycled.

Our goal is to help find a new home for your old cell phone. We typically sell to individuals who may not be able to afford the newest cell phone. We strongly believe it is very important to help those in need and also help keep these used electronics out of landfills.

What if I can’t Find my Item on the Website?

If you cannot find your item on our website simply fill out this quote form. You can sell your cell phone by using this form. In some cases your electronics may be outdated and have no cash value. Please fill out this form in order to find out what your cell phone is worth. If it does not have any cash value, we can still lead you to our trusted partners that accept cell phones and redistribute them to charity. We are dedicated to helping everyone and would love to hear from you.

What About my Data Security?

Every item that is purchased at GreenBuyback will be completely data wiped. We are dedicated to keeping your personal data safe by eliminating it from the device. Not only do we data wipe and erase all the phones, we remove all sim cards and SD cards. You can always count on GreenBuyback to remove your data. If you need any help deleting the data from the device before you send it to us, simply call or email and we will help guide you through it.

How Do I Get Paid?

We pay all of our customers by either check or PayPal. When you are checking out on our website you will have the option to choose either payment option. We apply payments within 24 hours of receiving the phone into our inventory.

GreenBuyback Thanks You!

GreenBuyback is thankful for all of our customers and appreciate you taking the time to read this article. We are a small business located in NJ and appreciate the nationwide support. Please feel free to drop us a line on our social media channels or give us a call anytime. We are committed to helping consumers stay green.