In October, Maine petitioned Congress for assistance for their clamming industry that has suffered significantly from coastal closures over the summer. Other 2009 US closures include Virginia, Maryland and Washington.
What's responsible for these closures? A risk of toxin contamination from red tides.
Red Tides, also known as Harmful Algae Blooms (HAB's), are blooms created by an overgrowth of a microscopic marine algae that can, given the right conditions, produce lethal nerve toxins. When fish absorb these toxins they are paralyzed and die. Fish-eating birds and humans are also at risk. Shellfish contaminated with these toxins will cause severe illness and even death if consumed.
Red Tides are natural occurrences that have been around as long as the algae who create them. However, scientists are concerned that toxic red tides are on the rise and occurring in waters where they never have before. Many scientists believe that this increase in HAB's can be linked to nutrient pollution (nutrient rich bi products of agriculture and waste treatment plants that make it to our waterways through runoff water).
The EPA ranks nutrient pollution, namely phosphorus and nitrogen
pollution, as one of the major causes of water degradation over the past ten
years. So why aren't they doing anything about it?
The Sierra Club has organized a petition to the EPA, asking them to preserve and protect our waters from nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. The request is simple:
• Establish water quality standards for nitrogen and phosphorus and;
• Establish limits on the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus that can be dumped into the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico
If nutrient pollution worries you, do something about it. Take action today! Tell the EPA to protect our waters from nitrogen and phosphorous pollution by following this link and signing the petition.
The problem with all those pretty lotions and body washes is that most of them are full of not so pretty ingredients. Dangerous surfactants like the foaming agents Sodium Laryl Sulfate and Sodium Laurel Sulfate and the cleansing agent TEA-Lauryl Sulfate and other scary ingredients like PEGs, PPGs, synthetic dyes and fragrances, silicone, parabens, phthalates and formaldehyde abound.
Don't we deserve pamper products that are safe and pose no health risks?
They recently sent me their newest products for me to try. Earlier this week I shared with you my addiction to their new Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream. Well, discovering the other two products in their pomegranate line was just as thrilling.
Coupon code good until 11/30, just in time for some early Christmas shopping.
Click here to snag it for only $7.88 a tube! Of course you have to take shipping into account- $5.41 in this case. If you are only purchasing one you are better off driving to your nearest Target. But if you want to buy a few as gifts or to stock up, this is a fabulous deal!
Weleda Regenerating Pomegranate Hand Cream,size: Ea 1/1.7 Oz
But sometimes I come across a product that is unforgettable. One that veryWeleda's new Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream is just such a product.
likely could become an addiction and even blossom into a long term love affair.
It's like shopping with a million friends who have tried everything!
Thanks MoneySavingMadness and Hip2Save for the heads up!
Honeybee Gardens Mascara Truly Natural - Regular Price $10 On Sale for $7.57
It's not too early to start shopping for Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers- especially when the savings are this good! Don't forget that you can get free shipping from Amazon whenever your order is $50 or more! I am especially excited about the Bare Minerals kit- the makeup is fabulous and the kits make great gifts! If you want to snag one at this price you'd better hurry- there are only a few left. I'm off to shop some more. If I find any other great deals on natural products I'll be sure to pass them on. You do the same!
Thanks to IndiMoney and Hip2Save for sharing this great freebie!