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Survey says, most people are not aware of BPS, Bisphenol S

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Social media is amazing! I can see that our average follower is 29 years old and that 95% of our total followers are women. Seven years ago our average follower would have been 23. At 23 I was not focused on harmful chemicals. If you didn’t have a baby then you would probably not remember this:

There was a movement of amazing moms across the USA who fought to have BPA banned from our baby’s bottles and sippy cups. They voiced their concerns and won! Manufacturers heard them and removed the chemical. We now expect to see that BPA free logo on the plastic merchandise we purchase today. Those moms seven years ago educated us to say no to BPA. If our survey asked you if you knew what BPA was I think most of us would have said Yes. It does not surprise me that very little of our almost 400 comments responded with No, they did not know what BPS was.

 

Now BPA is removed from our plastics we need to look at the replacement chemicals. You can’t just remove an important chemical that makes your plastic non-breakable, strong and lightweight. The chemical needs to be replaced. What have they replaced it with?

BPA or Bisphenol A also has cousins (as one of our instagram followers @careydwyer said, “It’s like BPAs legal cousin, the compound many manufactures use to be able to label their products “BPA free” ”). Not only does BPA have a cousin BPS but many others too. Bisphenols are used in many products and will continue to be used because of its importance to make plastic products perform properly.

 

Chemists like Steven G Hentges (Steven G. Hentges, holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Stanford … He is the Executive Director of the Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group). Hmm go figure he feels it is safe. I point Dr Hentges out because he is the only reference I could find to offer a voice that BPA is safe. I always feel it is important to give both sides of research. Dr Hentges has done studies to show that BPA passes through the body quite fast (6 hours). In those six hours it moves along and says where to buy xenical in malaysia hello to other chemicals and finds its way out the other end. We all know how digestion works and we also know, really important things happen along the way, like – nutrition and chemical reactions. I’m just not convinced that those six hours are free from harm and the continuous exposure would keep the BPA inside us too.

The research that is alarming and most important to share is that BPA and BPS are endocrine disruptors. This means that these chemicals are proven in studies to disrupt the hormonal system. That is why BPA is linked to early puberty and breast cancer. Early research showed that BPS was meant to be more heat-stable and less disruptive to the hormonal system so a better fit than BPA.  New studies from 2016 show BPS may be more disruptive than BPA and may be linked to reproductive difficulties in adults and asthma in infants.

What can we do?

The most important thing is to be informed.  We can ask manufactures to avoid Bisphenols from baby products. Social Media allows us direct access to manufactures. Ask them for BPS free products too. Be the voice and limit your child’s exposure to ALL plastics!

I’m not an expert but I’m a mom and small business owner. I’m the one in charge of the testing and chemical safety. I communicate with the testing agency. I examine the testing results. I spend hours finding the safest alternatives. I provide products to babies and I’m not going to put profits before principles!

Here are some links if you want to learn more.

By Diane Rafizadeh August 17, 2016

http://www.yalescientific.org/2016/08/bpa-free-isnt-always-better-the-dangers-of-bps-a-bpa-substitute/

“BPA and BPS disrupt pathways involving thyroid hormone receptors, which regulate metabolism, and aromatase, an enzyme that helps produce estrogen.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/09/opinion/09browning.html

The NY Times reported this in 2011.

“The problem is that our regulatory system allows manufacturers to introduce or continue to use chemicals that have not been adequately tested for safety. A manufacturer can replace BPA with another untested compound and get a few years’ use out of it before it, too, becomes the subject of health alerts or news media attention. By the time we know what those new chemicals do to us, entire generations are affected. We are the guinea pigs.”

oogaa Why use silicone?

giveaway oogaa easytoddlermealsWhy choose silicone? When designing the oogaa products I did a lot of research about safe plastics.  To be honest, I could not find ANY that were safe for babies when exposed to temperature change!  I really struggled with a moral decision.  Do I use potentially toxic plastics and make a mass produced line of low cost products or do I find an alternative to plastic and risk being too expensive .  In 2010 silicone was not a popular material like today but it sure had amazing properties: non-toxic, stable to extreme hot and cold, soft and durable.  I had to choose what was safe! Principles before Profits!

Toxins are released from plastics when temperatures change. Hot, cold and even warm. Yes, even warm foods sitting on plastics can potentially release minuscule amounts of toxins into the food. I always explain that little bodies cannot filter the toxins and it is not worth the risk exposing them to plastics at mealtime.

Save your plastics for when little bodies grow and for room temperature foods.  Why take a risk when you have options like oogaa!

oogaa NEW flat plates 100% silicone safe!

The first silicone flat plate that is sturdy and designed to go into the oven, microwave, bottom rack of the dishwasher and safe for the freezer too. It stacks with the oogaa divided plates which saves room in your cabinets!

Shop oogaa flat plates here

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NEW, lids for the oogaa bowls. 2016 launch, making mealtimes so easy!

We now have lids for the oogaa bowls!  Our newly launched 100% silicone lids fit all oogaa bowls (they do not fit the divided plates) and are perfect for storing leftovers in the fridge or covering your littlle ones order xenical online australia food for later.
Available at www.oogaa.com as a set of 2 for $5.99 one color only, (jewel blue).sea-green bowl jewel blue lidYou can add your favorite fruits and take your bowl on-the-go too!

bowl and lid w fruitThe lid even covers a small watermelon! (only by chance!)

lid over watermelon

oogaa baby feeding available at SPROUT San Francisco Boutiques across the US

oogaa baby feeding products are now available at SPROUT San Francisco baby boutiques across the US.

Sprout San Francisco focuses on natural and organic products for baby, toddlers and kids.  You will love their customer service and unique store concepts.

You can also buy now online at sproutsanfrancisco.com here

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PrayforDominic.com oogaa® fundraiser 2016

Last week we had a fundraiser for a little boy named Dominic.  Our amazing oogaa community raised over $1000 for this brave boy who is fighting a brain tumor.  I want to keep Dominic current in our minds because what his family wants most is for you to send your prayers and positive energy to Dominic.  It may take a miracle for him to be cured and as I have said before, we all believe in Miracles!
Thank you so much to everyone who purchased oogaa for Dominic! You can follow his journey on social media – Here is Dominic’s website www.prayfordominc.com & facebook
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oogaa and friends giveaway!

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GIVEAWAY over on our Instagram account! Starting April 22, 2016. click here to enter
A handpicked selection of fantastic products to win!
1 winner will win all of these items. (Also listed below)

@thebabybullet “Setting the stage for a lifetime of healthy eating”
@oogaababy “Makes feeding fun”
@easytoddlermeals Newly released ebook, amazing recipes
@mixedpears Let little imaginations soar
@weegallery Signature black and white graphics
@snoozeshade “Making life easier for mums”
To enter follow these 3 easy steps:
1⃣Follow all 6 brands above
2⃣Repost this image and tag @oogaababy
3⃣Tag 2 friends in the comments below
We will choose the winner at random.
Good Luck!
Official rules: US shipping only.
This giveaway will start on April 22nd 2016 and end on April 29th 2016 at 9pm EST
You can tag as many friends as you like, each tag is one entry
We are offering 1 prize.
1. A large set of baby bullet items as described above.
2. A selection of oogaa bowls, colors will be selected by oogaa Home staff.
3. ebook by Easy Toddler Meals.
4. 1, mix and match dish set by wee gallery.
5. 1, fantastic fun Chef inspired bib.
6. 1, snooze shade cover for playards.
No transfer or exchange of these prizes will be accepted. Shipping time may take up to 4 weeks.
The winner will be selected randomly by a member of oogaa Home LLC’s staff.
The winner will be notified via Instagram direct and will have 24 hours to provide a valid email address so we can obtain their delivery address to ship their prize.
No purchase necessary
Void where prohibited by law
Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered with Instagram Incorporation. By entering entrants confirm that they are 18 years of age, release instagram of responsibility and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.

oogaa featured on the Hallmark Channel

oogaa featured on the Hallmark Channel watch segment here
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