Our newly-patented technology fits easily in the top shelf of your refrigerator or pantry. It fits in one hand and requires nothing more than 4 D Cell batteries. No harmful chemical sanitizing agents. No wasteful filters. When the light on the BerryBreeze™ turns red, simply replace the batteries to continue keeping your food storage area sanitized and odor-free.
Did you know that filters, chemicals, and other food sanitizing components contribute to waste and pollution?
Using rechargeable batteries greatly reduces the number of overall batteries required and disposed of…Batteries contain corrosive materials and heavy metals. Their manufacture,
transportation and disposal can impair human health and the environment. In California, batteries are banned from landfills and must be either recycled or handled as hazardous waste… 15 billion non-rechargeable batteries go un-recycled.
Chlorine is a naturally occurring substance. Its manipulation and use in forming artificial chemical products has had devastating effects on the environment which we are only now beginning to understand. In its various artificial forms, chlorine plays a major role in the most pressing environmental problems which we face today; depletion of the ozone layer, global warming and acid rain. The pollution caused by its widespread use has been linked to a variety of serious health effects; poisonings have occurred in the chlorine industry since its inception and chlorine compounds have accumulated in the body fat of animals and humans.
Link, Ann, Canning Laura, & Rees Rebecca, (June 1994) Chlorine, pollution, & The Environment, Women’s Environmental Network Trust, http://www.mcspotlight.org/media/reports/wenchlorine.html
Today, most homes are well insulated and air tight to keep the weather outside, but they also keep airborne contaminants inside. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, we spend as much as 90 percent of our time indoors where it can be polluted two to five times higher—and occasionally more than 100 times higher—than outdoor levels.
Filter, P. (2009, August 22). Dirty, Neglected Air Conditioning Filters Affect Your Family’s Health. Retrieved from http://philfilter.hubpages.com/hub/Dirty-Neglected-Air-Conditioning-Filters-Affect-Your-Familys-Health
Top Cleaning Products to Avoid
1. WINDOW OR GLASS CLEANER– These products typically contain ammonia. Ammonia can irritate the skin, eyes and respiratory system. It will react with chlorinated products to produce a fatal chloramine gas.
2. CONVENTIONAL AIR FRESHENERS - Air fresheners coat your nasal passages with an oil film called methoxychlor, which will kill the nerves in your nose over time, and interfere with your ability to smell.
3. CONVENTIONAL ANTI-BACTERIAL CLEANERS - Along with the production of new antibiotic-resistant “super-bugs,” the Center for Disease Control says that anti-bacterial cleaners can also interfere with immune system development in children and they also contain triclosan which can be absorbed by the skin and cause liver damage.
4. BLEACH - Bleach is an extremely strong corrosive that can burn the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. NEVER mix bleach with ammonia products, as fatal fumes will be produced.
5. CONVENTIONAL LAUNDRY DETERGENT - Laundry detergents contain phosphorus, enzymes, ammonia, naphthalene, phenol, sodium nitilotriacetate, to name a few. These can cause rashes, itchiness, dryness and sinus problems. These chemicals are easily absorbed through your skin from your clothes and bed sheets.
6. CONVENTIONAL DRAIN CLEANER - Drain cleaner typically contains sodium hydroxide or sulfuric acid, which can cause blindness if splashed in the eyes.
7. CONVENTIONAL OVEN CLEANER - Most oven cleaners contain extremely corrosive bases of sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide.
8. BLEACH BASED CLEANING POWDERS - Many of these cleaning powders such as ‘Comet’ or ‘Ajax’ contain formaldehyde (a known human carcinogenic recognized by the World Health Organization) benzene, chloroform among many others. Side effects can include: cancer, asthma and reproductive disorders.
9. FURNITURE POLISH - Furniture Polish such as ‘Pledge’ contains nitrobenzene, which is extremely toxic and easily absorbed through the skin.
10. TOILET BOWL CLEANERS - Contains hydrochloric acid, which is corrosive to the skin and eyes.
11. DISHWASHER DETERGENT - Contain a highly concentrated form of dried chlorine, every time you wash your dishes there is some residue left, and when you use these dishes to eat with you actually consume these chemicals.
Testing commissioned by Environmental Working Group in 2008 found 38 pollutants in 10 brands of bottled water, including disinfection byproducts, industrial chemicals, radioactivity and bacteria. Some of the chemicals detected have been linked to health effects, including cancer and methemoglobinemia (blue baby syndrome).
In 2008, scientists at Texas Southern University evaluated 35 brands of bottled water and found that four were contaminated with bacteria. In 1999, the Natural Resources Defense Council tested 103 bottled waters and detected potentially worrisome contaminants, including microbes and regulated chemicals, in about half.
Forty-one million IQ points have been lost because of lead, mercury and organophosphate pesticides, Dr. David Bellinger wrote in a paper published by the National Institutes of Health, James Hamlin reports for The Atlantic.
About 10 million pounds of this insecticide are used on a variety of food and feed crops every year, according to the EPA, with more than half of that amount on corn alone. The federal government says that eating food crops treated with chlorpyrifos is safe, though it has been largely banned from home use (at-home bug killers, for example). It’s also considered “very highly toxic” to birds and fish.
“These are the chemicals I really worry about in terms of American kids, the organophosphate pesticides like chlorpyrifos,” Landrigan told The Atlantic.
The U.S. banned the use of DDT as an insecticide in 1972, but it is still used in some countries around the world, according to the CDC (pdf). Although much of the U.S. population still has trace levels of the chemical in their bodies, blood serum levels have dropped tenfold since the chemical’s ban. Still, its unknown how these low levels may affect us. Plus, one recent study found that the exposure to environmental toxicants such as DDT from generations past might be a contributing factor to the current obesity epidemic.
Just last year, GMO crops were planted on about 169 million acres of land in the US – or about half of all farmland from coast to coast.
About 93 percent of all soybean crops planted in the US last year involved GMO, HT variants, the USDA acknowledged. HT crops are able to tolerate certain highly effective herbicides allowing adopters of these varieties to control pervasive weeds more effectively. As those weed-killers are dumped into more and more fields containing HT crops, however, USDA experts say it could have a major, as yet uncertain impact on the environment.
That chemical, (herbicide) is a component in Agent Orange and has been linked to health risks.
Did you know GMO crops that are being designed to be herbicide resistant may be causing more harmful herbicides to be used?
Between 1984 and 2002, the study’s authors wrote, the number of GMO varieties approved by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS, grew exponentially. Today GMO crops are found in most of America’s biggest farms, they continued, and scientists have in the last several years discovered groundbreaking new ways to make situation-specific seeds that have traits more desirable than traditional crops.
“As of September 2013, about 7,800 releases were approved for GE corn, more than 2,200 for GE soybeans, more than 1,100 for GE cotton and about 900 for GE potatoes,” the USDA affirmed.
Just last year, the agency added, GMO crops were planted on about 169 million acres of land in the US — or about half of all farmland from coast-to-coast.
Around 93 percent of all soybean crops planted in the US last year involved GMO,
herbicide-tolerant (HT) variants, the USDA acknowledged, and HT corn and HT cotton constituted about 85 and 82 percent of total acreage, respectively.
“HT crops are able to tolerate certain highly effective herbicides, such as glyphosate, allowing adopters of these varieties to control pervasive weeds more effectively,” reads an excerpt from the USDA report.
As those weed-killers are dumped into more and more fields containing HT crops, however, USDA experts say it could have a major, as-yet-uncertain impact on the environment.
“Because glyphosate is significantly less toxic and less persistent than traditional
herbicides,” a portion of the report reads, “…the net impact of HT crop adoption is an improvement in environmental quality and a reduction in the health risks associated with herbicide use (even if there are slight increases in the total pounds of herbicide applied). However, glyphosate resistance among weed populations in recent years may have induced farmers to raise application rates .Thus, weed resistance may be offsetting some of the economic and environmental advantages of HT crop adoption regarding herbicide use. Moreover, herbicide toxicity may soon be negatively affected (compared
to glyphosate) by the introduction (estimated for 2014) of crops tolerant to the
herbicides dicamba and 2,4-D.”
(February 2014) http://www.scribd.com/doc/209406389/GMO-Environment-Risk