The World Health Organization (WHO) is planning a review of the potential risks of plastic in bottled drinking water after researchers uncovered particles in many major brands. Currently, there is no research to show that microplastics can undermine health, but the WHO says it wants to find out if a lifetime of ingesting these tiny particles might have an effect.
The review comes after a study that screened more than 250 bottles of water from 11 different brands in 9 countries. They found that more than 90% contained tiny pieces of plastics and on average there were 325 pieces of plastics per liter. Continue reading “What’s In Your Water?”
Motivated by the new 5-cent bag tax in Montgomery County (Maryland), as well as our desire to take an environmentally friendly step toward helping our world become a healthier, more sustainable place, Village Green now has two sizes of reusable shopping bags our customers can purchase in the store. Our bags are made of 80% recycled cotton and 20% recycled bottles. The fabric feels great to the touch, and these are comfortable bags that you’ll love to carry. We are proud to say that hey were made in the U.S. by Enviro-Tote, a family-owned “company with a conscience.” Our medium-size bag is selling for $4.95 and the large, over-the-shoulder bag is $5.95.
If you’re curious about the fabric content (we were!), Enviro-Tote has this to say about their recycled cotton bag: “This bag is made from 80% Ecotec™ – a blended cotton yarn produced from the excess fabric of newly made clothing – and 20% Bottle Bag™ material – material made from 100% recycled soda bottles. This unique manufacturing process saves land, energy and water. For the best performance available, 20% of this bag contains 100% recycled soda bottle material.”
We hope our customers like these bags as much as we do!
Friday is Earth Day and Village Green Apothecary is proud to support Earth Day 2011: A Billion Acts of Green®. As an active member of our business community, we continuously strive to support sustainability and environmentally responsible efforts.
Simple acts of green that you and your family can do include:
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room
- Turn off the water faucet while your brush your teeth
- Eat locally grown food and support local farmers
- Start a veggie garden of your own
- Bring reusable bags grocery shopping (and for other shopping)
- Compost and recycle
- Walk and ride your bike instead of driving short distances
- Cut down or eliminate(!) your use of bottled water, and invest in a filter system
These are all simple ideas that anyone and everyone can do. To encourage you on your path to “greening” your lifestyle, Village Green is giving away adorable itty-bitty herb plants, FREE to take home and nurture, to the first 200 in-store customers who make a purchase on Earth Day, April 22. Come early to choose between rosemary, lemon thyme, and pineapple sage. (One plant per customer while supplies last.)
We are also starting Village Green’s Bag Refund Program. To kick off this initiative, we will take $1 off your purchase on Friday, April 22 if you bring in your own bag. Starting on April 23, we’ll give you a 10-cent credit when you bring your own bag.
Wishing everyone a happy Earth Day!