Friday, June 27, 2008

Babies R Us Baby Bottle Recall: What's the Story?

This just in. My sister, who has one baby and another one on the way, just emailed to tell me that Babies R Us is doing a recall on bottles containing BPA.

Here's what she said:

"I found out yesterday that Babies R Us is doing a voluntary recall of bottles containing BPA. It's not advertised by them anywhere, but I called the store to confirm. You can bring in all the bottles you have with BPA, and they will give you credit in the amount of the current selling price of those bottles towards the purchase of BPA-free bottles like Born Free or Glass. Isn't that awesome? They can be old/used and you don't even need a receipt or boxes or anything."

This is great news, but also a bit mysterious, because the Babies R Us website says they are not doing a recall (see FAQ number #26).

Could it be that it's only the Babies R Us near my sister's house that's doing the recall? Or could it be that Babies R Us is doing some strategic maneuvering to keep their recall quiet for the time being.

Either way, if you've purchased baby bottles with BPA in them from Babies R Us, you might want to give your local store a call to find out if they'll take your bottles back.

I mean, there's nothing to lose, right?

Chicago, IL: My sister lives in the Chicagoland area and they are taking back bottles at her store.
Seattle, WA: A commenter just said that the Babies R Us stores in Seattle are participating in the recall.
Houston, TX: Another reader informed me that they are also taking bottles back in Houston. The customer service person at the store she visited told her that the take-back will be going on indefinitely.
Scottsdale, AZ: Another reader commented that she had success exchanging bottles in Arizona.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

When Your Laziness Prompts You To Buy Very Bad Things

A friend of mine sent me a link to this picture, which orginally appeared in The Stranger's Slog blog.

The caption read, "The hard-boiled egg’s packaging problem—solved!"

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The No Shampoo Revolution: No 'Poo Update

It's been about three weeks since I stooped 'pooing, and my hair is really starting to look nice again.

As you may have gathered, I've completely abandoned using shampoo. My routine is to instead work a teaspoon or two of baking soda into my hair (starting at the top of my head) on Wednesdays and Sundays.

I also do a vinegar rinse on Sundays just to keep everything really soft and shiny.

At this point, the no 'poo choice seems like it's going to work out, which I think is amazing. For my whole life, I thought expensive shampoos and conditioners made of god-knows-what were prerequisite to making my hair feel clean and healthy.

I was wrong. I don't need to pour unfamiliar chemicals on my hair to make it look nice. And I don't need to buy hair products that translate to mounds of useless plastic waste. My scalp and hair can take care of themselves.

With all that said, I feel I have to admit that on Tuesdays and Saturdays my hair does still get a bit greasy. But I've read that things should continue to get better and better over time and that eventually my hair will be beautiful all the time.

Do you know what this means? After all my hair care trials, I think I may have found a solution!

And it's as simple as can be.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The No Shampoo Revolution (also known as Going No 'Poo)

I've done it.

I've stopped 'pooing.

I can tell you that right now, it's not pleasant. There's lots of discomfort and things even seem a bit greasy. Not good.

But according to this great article, which talks in detail about the No 'Poo Movement, as well as some comments on my last hair care post, things should be better in a few weeks.

All soft and shiny.

But for now, going No 'Poo has got me feeling a bit unattractive. I'll let you know in a few weeks how it's going. Hopefully better.