Bouncing Around

Some posts and news that caught my attention today:

  • Business: SIGG’s US Bottle Distributor Files for Bankruptcy. Many consumers forked over some large dollar bills to purchase slick looking SIGG aluminum bottles believing the bottles were healthier for themselves and the environment. But it turned out the bottles included Bisphenol-A just like their much cheaper plastic counterparts (from Inhabitat). Here’s more about BPA leaching from aluminum bottles (from The Daily Green).
  • Design: 9/11 Memorial Uses Green Design to Create a Place of Remembrance. With the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks approaching, the city is planning a day-long vigil on September 11, which will include the opening of the highly anticipated national 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero. The memorial consists of a peaceful tree-filled plaza and two reflecting pools in the exact places where the towers once stood. Sustainable design principles were used to create the space. The street-level plaza surrounding the pools has been described as one of the most eco-friendly plazas ever constructed. It’s aiming for LEED Gold certification, and has irrigation, stormwater and pest management systems that conserve energy and water (from Inhabitat).
  • Environment: Dirty Laundry: Unraveling the Corporate Connections to Toxic Water Pollution in China. A new investigative report from Greenpeace, ‘Dirty Laundry’, profiles the problem of toxic water pollution resulting from the release of hazardous chemicals by the textile industry in China. As part of the investigation, Greenpeace uncovered links between these polluting facilities and a number of major clothing, fashion and sportswear brands like Nike, Adidas, Puma, Converse, Calvin Klein, H&M, Lacoste, and Abercrombie & Fitch (from Greenpeace, also more on Treehugger).
  • Food: A new company called The Full Yield is offering a 12-month corporate wellness program prescribing food designed to improve your health (from MindBodyGreen).
  • Health: Root Canals: A Root Cause of Disease? I first heard about the possible links between root canals and negative health issues when I watched Food Matters. My fiance, who had a root canal a few years ago, and I were actually shocked by what we learned. Today, Jess of The Wellness Warrior discusses why her mother, recently diagnosed with breast cancer, decided to have her root canal removed. I’d also recommend reading the comments section of her post (from The Wellness Warrior)
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