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PLASTICS – NO GO! Bisphenol health danger

FOOD STORAGE
My room-mate has been researching the effects of bisphenol in rats. The results are not pretty (I don’t mean the part about where she “sacrifices” – read BEHEADS the rats). Bisphenol apparently affects estrogen in ways we don’t want to think about. (Go to your own research – I’ve seen reports in National Geographic and at various sites on-line, in addition to the reports that I have edited for the room-mate.)

What do to? Well, see, bisphenol apparently comes out of plastic things. You know, your water bottle, your baggies and zip-loc bags, etc. and so forth (read plastic that touches your lips or your food and/or beverages).

I have just learned that you can easily identify such bisphenol-producing plastics as PVC and polystyrene by looking at the recycle symbol. PVC has a #3 inside the recycle symbol on the container, and polystyrene has a #6 inside the symbol.

Aside from the health factor, plastic goes into the trash but it just simply does not decompose (at least, not in much less than 1,000 years).

If you do microwave (okay, I am not looking, you’re doing what you do), it turns out that enlightened doctors are saying that it is not good to nuke food in plastic containers because it can cause the bisphenol and other chemicals to leach out into the food. Go with glass or ceramic-ware instead.

Are you interested in conspiracy theory?  Interestingly, today’s New York Post reports that (despite what researchers like my very own room-mate have found)  the government has decided that bisphenol is not a great danger to people.

NEW VEGAN BOOTS – It’s cold and wet here in NYC

I am so happy! I have just bought a really cool (according to me) pair of vegan (or read cheap plastic) boots that fit and will be good for stomping through puddles, and are still fashion-forward. Okay, they are probably not the greenest item on earth, being as they are probably 100% new petroleum product, but they *are* vegan.

Huh? Nice boots that look enough like leather to pass the fashion muster at work, satisfy your fashion sense (if you have one), keep you looking like a grown-up person in the office (and not a mountain climber or hippie or movie-star teenie-bopper wannabe) Dressy boots that look good and are not leather? Yup!

Not at Payless! No, I found these in a little “cheap (money and look-wise) clothing and shoe shop. Most of the shoes and boots they had in the window looked like good wardrobe items for ladies of the night, but the SALE sign intrigued me, so I stepped in anyway, and THERE THEY WERE. I didn’t even think they were vegan at first, but I liked them and I wanted to try them on, even if I wasn’t going to buy them. When the guy brought them to me, I turned them upside down to see the sole and there was the tell-tale sticker == ALL MAN MADE!

CUT TO THE CHASE – I tried them on, they fit, I bought them, and now I’m going to look really cool and people are going to be all-out envious of me as I sashay down the street. I’ve been needing a pair of tailored boots to wear with my long dresses and long skirts, and NOW I HAVE THEM. (Oh, yeah! I, who should not be spending money, got them for $30! More reasons to be vegan.)

Yes, you can look at the on-line vendors of vegan shoes and boots and you can check out PayLess, but I do recommend checking out the smaller cheap clothing stores that offer shoes, as well.

I now have a page which lists on-line vendors of vegan-friendly shoes.

I’M GOING GREEN: NO MORE COCONUT

I have finally come to a decision as to my stance on young Thai coconut. It is not green.

Just about every other “glorious” raw food recipe contains young Thai coconut. Curiously, the self-same people who claim that they believe in a low or zero fat lifestyle think young Thai coconut is the be-all and end-all. Although I do not necessarily believe in the current 80-10-10 craze, I do think that I can do without young Thai coconut. It is expensive, it is high in fat (albeit good fat), and it has a high carbon footprint, i.e., is not very green at all.

When I started raw, there was no such thing as young Thai coconut. (Okay, they probably had them in Thailand, but we did not have access to them here). When I found out about young Thai coconuts a few years ago, I went out and bought one for about $3.00), only to find that it was only about 1/4 of the recipe, i.e., I would need to spend $12.00 to make the recipe. While I surely enjoyed the coconut “juice”, and found the recipe tasty, I never again bought a young Thai coconut – I just do not have that kind of money to spend.

Furthermore, in this day and age, when everyone is interested in going green and reducing their carbon footprint, young Thai coconuts just seem entirely too frivolous to me.

I realize that I will not be able to enjoy what look like scrumptious “like not raw” recipes, but there has to be a place where I draw the line.

I further realize that my decision means that I will be restricted to older raw food recipe books – so be it. From here on in, I will have to query authors of e-books as to their inclusion of young Thai coconut-based recipes, and I will have to carefully go through new cookbooks I find in bookstores in order to be sure that their recipes do not include young Thai coconut.

I have enjoyed participating in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group for the past two years. Our vegetables come from a local farm. I also shop at a greenmarket where local farmers sell their produce.

“Green” has snuck up on me. I feel comfortable in my decision to refuse to use young Thai coconut in my recipes.