We're back with Tina as she and the Bobo's Mountain Sugar team have been boiling the sap that they've collected the past couple of weeks. It's been a long cold winter, so boiling is a welcome sign of warmer temps and spring. Or, more accurately, mud season!
As part of our continual effort to keep our community informed, we're going to be sharing a weekly digest of news about toxic chemicals that Zoë creates for us here in the office.
It was a pretty eventful week in the world of toxic chemicals. The main news to keep an eye on is the TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act) reform drama unfolding on Capitol Hill - these stories have been noted with an asterisk below.
TIME, Mar. 16th, 2015 — The news that BPS is as dangerous as BPA has now made it to TIME magazine. TIME’s tips for reducing BPA exposure? Avoid handling receipts, drink from steel or glass containers (not plastic ones), and don’t microwave your food in plastic containers. I would add “reduce consumption of canned foods” to the list!
image via Want Apothecary
For those of you up north who have been itching for an Ursa Major fix, we’ve got good news for you. Your local shops are now restocked! To make your life easier - and get that Face Balm back in your hands asap - we’ve put together a list of our Canadian retail partners who can help you out. Give them a high five for us when you stop in.
We’re fascinated by the history and culture of logging in New England, especially in our state of Vermont. Imagine those grueling long days and months spent away from home. After the Civil War, logging became the strongest industry in the Vermont economy. Its queen city, Burlington, was the fourth largest lumber port in the nation. Yet with the industry’s success, came inevitable environmental damage.
We've gathered some of our favorite small, passive, and sustainably designed homes on our Pinterest and wanted to share a few of our favorites here on the blog. From reclaimed materials to solar panels, these homes boast innovations that minimize their ecological footprint. The trend of building more sustainably has picked up speed significantly in the past decade.