It's so hard to say goodbye to BPA

I use a can of tomato sauce every Friday night to make pizza.

I've already taken many steps to avoid BPA:
  • We use stainless steel sippy cups and water bottles instead of plastic ones.
  • We avoid any plastic marked 7, particularly food packaging/ containers and toys.
  • I avoid handling receipts and try to wash my hands afterwards if I do handle one.
  • I have stopped using most canned foods. For example, I bought a pressure cooker and started making beans from scratch.
  • We don't drink canned beverages. 
  • I am suspicious of any clear hard plastic.

But there has long been one hold out in the canned food department: tomatoes. This is somewhat tragic because tomatoes are acidic and thus more likely to involve leaching from the epoxy lining of metal cans. I did can diced tomatoes purchased in bulk at the farmer's market with my lovely friend Heidi a couple summers ago, which effectively replaced my canned diced tomatoes. But I have never stopped using canned tomato sauce (Trader Joe's organic tomato sauce, if you really want to know). And now that I am making pizza every single Friday night, I am using a lot of canned tomato sauce. One can per week to be exact.

Eco-novice's Top Five Tips for a Healthy Nursery

Here are some simple suggestions for keeping your baby's nursery healthy and toxin-free.

Use less. I have three children. My youngest is one year old. The more babies I've had, the less baby stuff I've wanted. Even without switching to greener products, you can expose your baby to fewer toxins just by buying and using less. Buy less furniture and decor, use less baby gear, slather the baby with fewer bath and body products.

The Friday Question: Much Ado About Junk Food?

Kindergarten snack is my nemesis.

Can I gripe here for a moment?

Each day my son gets a snack, provided by a parent, at the end of afternoon Kindergarten (noon to 3:30 pm). Parents take turns bringing snacks. Originally, snack happened during class, but then the teacher decided that snack was taking up too much class time, and moved the snack to the end of the day. I think this is kind of odd all by itself. Why hand out a snack after class when each parent can just bring their own snack or take their kid home for a snack? The long and short of it is, I get to see the snack my son receives every day. He usually eats it in the car on the way home.

Yesterday he came out with a fruit roll-up as well as a bag of pink lemonade to drink. I glanced at the packaging and ingredients of the fruit roll-up:
Fruit Roll-ups: Strawberry Naturally Flavored (Fruit Flavored Snack)
Ingredients: Pears from Concentrate, Corn Syrup, Dried Corn Syrup, Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Contains 2% or less of: Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Acetylated Monoglycerides, Fruit Pectin, Dextrose, Malic Acid, Vitamin C, Natural Flavor, Color (red 40, yellows 5 & 6, blue 1)

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