Thursday, September 15, 2016

Starbucks Update! Reducing your exposure to toxic chemicals.

Thank you for contacting Starbucks yesterday, I know our voices are being heard because the biotech industry unleashed a mega astroturf campaign against us online (Have you seen the comments on Starbuck's Facebook page? - they are really freaking out at the thought of Starbucks dropping Monsanto milk for organic!!!) - so if you haven't had the time to do it yet, it's time to be part of history. Here are all the details on how to contact Starbucks and here's how to deal with the resistance online if you should encounter any.

In the meantime, I've got one of my favorite sponsors to share with you... If you want to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals, being careful about what you eat is only half the battle. We're bombarded with toxins in everyday items like furniture, shampoo, household cleaners, plastic bottles, clothing, water, and even the air we breathe!  

Of course we can't live in a bubble… and I'd never want to!.. But we can certainly take steps to lead a cleaner life. Here are a couple ways to do it:

  1. Choose safe non-toxic cookware and food storage containers. Everything that comes in contact with your food should be non-toxic, but many products contain BPA, phthalates, aluminum, melamine, or PVCs - which can add "extra ingredients" to your food as it waits to be eaten! Always think about what you store your food in as much as the food you store!
  2. Use non-toxic beauty and personal care products. This includes anything you use on your hair or body - shampoos, lotions, deodorant, makeup, etc. The cosmetic industry is highly unregulated, so these products are often laden with parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), and other harmful chemicals.

Over time, I replaced my old toxic products and one of the brands that I've found and love is Thinksport.

The founder of this company tried unsuccessfully to convince several large companies to provide safer products… so he took it upon himself to do it! We need more companies like this that are doing the right thing in providing safer options for products that many of us use every day.

Thinksport's products range from water bottles, to lotion, to lunch containers, to eco-friendly yoga mats. All of them are free from known carcinogens and endocrine disrupting chemicals like BPA. They also don't use any petroleum-derived fragrances, parabens, formaldehyde, or other nasty chemicals found in so many personal care products. No animal testing either!

As a longtime partner, ThinkSport has agreed to give the Food Babe Army a special discount on their entire store!  

Get 10% off your Thinksport order when you use the code FoodBabe10 by Monday, September 19th.

Here are some of my top picks...

Thinksport Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle - As you may know, when I'm traveling I always bring along an insulated stainless steel bottle to make hot ginger tea at the airport instead of ordering at Starbucks! This is the bottle that I've been using for years (and that many of you have asked me about). I also like to fill one up and take it to the gym and it would be great to send with the kids to school. It's double insulated so you can keep hot or cold liquids in them and they also don't sweat! If you are drinking water out of plastic bottles, beware that these have been shown to harbor a lot of germs and leach nasty chemicals into your drink. Stainless steel is much safer!  

Thinksport Sunscreen - This is great for athletes or anyone who spends a lot of time in the sun. It absorbs easily and stays put. They also have formulas especially for children and babies!

Thinksport Food Storage Containers - These come in a lot of fun colors, which is great for color coordinating containers for your children and your spouse. The GO2 Travel Container with leak-proof compartments is great for packing snacks with dip. I've been known to sneak hot tea into the movie theatre using the 12 ounce insulated container - it was perfect and so comforting, vs. being tempted by not-so-healthy popcorn and candy!

Thinkbaby Baby Shampoo & Lotion - As I've got a baby on board, I can't wait to try these products! They formulated them while working off of EWG's Skin Deep database to ensure that they're safe and effective. Protecting your children from toxins is crucial for healthy development!

Check out everything Thinksport has to offer here and don't forget to enter the code FoodBabe10 to get your 10% off!  

I hope this helps you stock up on some non-toxic goodies and that you enjoy the discount. Your purchase supports the work we do here at FoodBabe.com, so thank you!

Xo,
Vani

P.S. Remember this sale ends on Monday!

 

 

 

 



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