Drying Clothes in the House

An old-fashioned clothes rack is an inexpensive and great way to dry clothes indoors. I can fit most loads of laundry on this rack that stands about 5 feet tall. It folds down and can fit easily under the bed or against a wall. bpaclothes


BPA- It’s Spookier than You Think

There is so much research to show the deleterious effects of BPA exposure, but perhaps the simplest of sites says it best with its haunting collection of research and government positions on this endocrine disruptor- BPA. 

It’s no trick and definitely no treat.

Visit Wikipedia to find out all about Bisphenol A  (BPA):


Think Stainless Steel and Glass, not Plastic

Canning jars make great containers for leftovers-  liquids and solid foods.  Many tomato sauces and tomato products come in jars.  After you’ve eaten the tomatoes, run the jars  through the dishwasher and save them for your lunch or leftovers! Of course, stainless steel containers are awesome too and the options are getting better and better.bpaglassmetal

Don’t Recycle Receipts!


For sometime, scientists have known BPA’s potential for harm.  Now it seems we arebpa-trash just beginning to realize the breadth of the many  illnesses to which this endocrine disruptor may contribute-  diseases like cancers, diabetes, birth defects and malformations, reproductive diseases, obesity and even neurological damage.

Because so may types of receipts (credit card, grocery, ATM receipts, baggage checks) still contain poisonous BPA, it is important to realize that though our instincts tell us to recycle receipts, their current best place is in the garbage.

When BPA enters the recycling chain, it contaminates other recyclables as well as entering the water system because of all the water used in the recycling process. So until receipts are digital, throw them in the garbage where BPA can, hopefully, break down before contaminating other packaging, products and our water.

Some Tips on How to Avoid BPA

How to have less BPA exposure-

Avoid heat!  Don’t wash plastics in the dishwasher or microwave food in plastic containers

Don’t wash plastics in strong detergents (they break down the plastic thus releasing more BPA)

Avoid canned foods as much as possible- some preserved foods are available in jars

Eat fresh foods instead of canned or packaged foods whenever possible

Use glass or metal containers for lunch boxes and food storage

Store drinking water in glass or metal containers, not plastic

Wash your hands after handling receipt tape



Way to Go Minnesota! Digital Receipts!

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is working to assist businesses in switching from paper receipts to digital receipts!  How progressive.

The goal is to waste less and to prevent the transmission of toxins like BPA.  MPCA will help businesses assess their current receipt tape (I am supposing this means test for toxins like BPA) and transition from paper receipts to digital receipts.

Go Minnesota!!!!