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Hey Everyone, just a quick update: we've recently moved across the world and started working with an amazing NGO in Denmark, as a result we've been pretty focused on a lot of other things! But never fear, we're settled and ready to jump straight back in (feet first) to the Obvious Bits world, we have so many new ideas and we can't wait to share then with you! #repost from @nordicfolkecenter

Don't be afraid to speak up and ask questions! Whether it's your local grocer, friends, family or political representatives, we each have the ability to make someone stop and think so let's not waste it! #beinconvenient

Find out who represents you and make sure they're doing it right!

@healthymaterialslab takeover post (3/3) Bisphenols and phthalates are chemicals that have many uses, including making plastics stronger or more flexible. This is why they can be found in children’s toys/products! Even at low levels, bisphenols and phthalates can mimic or block hormones, disrupting vital body systems. Young children and fetuses are especially vulnerable. Many products are now labelled “BPA-free.” However, BPA is often replaced with Bisphenol S (BPS) and Bisphenol F (BPF), which are less studied but appear to have similar hormone-disrupting effects. Want to protect a little one from exposure to these chemicals? Wash your and your children’s hands before eating or drinking.

@healthymaterialslab takeover post (2/3) Did you know that a lot of waterproof outdoor products contain highly fluorinated chemicals? Although convenient, highly fluorinated chemicals are associated with serious health problems and they can remain in the environment forever. They can even be found in products like nonstick cookware and cosmetics. Humans are exposed to highly fluorinated chemicals through contaminated food, drinking water, and dust. SO what can we do? Choose textiles and carpeting without water and stain-repellency. Avoid food in contact with greaseproof packaging, such as microwave popcorn and some fast food. Avoid personal care products with “perfluor-“, “polyfluor-“, and “PTFE” on the label. Purchase cast iron, glass, or ceramic cookware rather than Teflon. Only purchase waterproof gear when you really need it. Note that “PFOA free” products often use similar chemicals instead.

And finally, support companies that are committed to phasing out highly fluorinated chemicals.

Takeover post (1/3) Hi! we’re the @healthymaterialslab and we'll be hosting a takeover for the next three days! Healthy environments start in the home… Did you know flame retardants in furniture can make living things infertile, impotent, overweight, diabetic, malformed, sickly, mutated, or even dead? And the truth is — they're not even necessary. In the market for a new couch? The Green Science Policy Institute compiled a list of manufacturers that sell retardant-free furniture. And @nrdc_org produced an easy-to-follow guide for consumers. Want to know if your couch has fire retardants? Find the flammability label attached to the furniture. It’s usually located underneath the furniture or under the cushions. You may see different kinds of labels. Ideally, it would explicitly state that the furniture complies with Technical Bulletin 117-2013 and contains NO added flame retardants.

"This simple act of extending the life of our garments through proper care and repair reduces the need to buy more over time - thereby avoiding the CO2 emissions, waste output and water usage required to build it." - Rose Marcario, @Patagonia CEO

To celebrate all the amazing support we’ve received we’ve decided to give away a small kit to help you create small change at home!

Prize Includes:
1 x Medium Glass @keepcup
2 x Stainless Steel Straws from @sprocketandsteel
1 x @onyalife reusable mesh produce bags (set of 5)
2 x Bamboo socks from @thoughtclothing
1 x Bamboo toothbrush from GoBamboo

To win all you need to do is:
- COMMENT one small step you’ve taken in the last month (here or on our corresponding Facebook post)
- FOLLOW ObviousBits on instagram & facebook.

The lucky winner will be chosen at random and announced via our Instagram Story on Sunday the 20th of August. Good luck!

Most of the time something can be fixed with a service, new part, or a handy how-to on the internet. At the same time take care of what you have, you’d be surprised by how long a phone can last when it's kept in a case.

However if you are set on new, then sell or donate your used items to be fixed for someone else. Used items create repair jobs in all communities (local or not) where less and less skilled labour jobs are able to be relied upon. And when something is repaired and sold it opens doors to those who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford laptops, washing machines and the like. So next time it breaks, fix it or find someone who can!

20 - 40% of all fruits and vegetables never make it to the supermarket because they don't match the cosmetic standards we associate with fresh produce. So next time you see an out of shape carrot or a banana that's quite brown remember that it's what's on the inside that counts!

Roughly one third of food produced for human consumption goes to waste, and when that food is thrown out we are also wasting the water, energy, money and resources it took to get it to the kitchen. Then when those food scraps end up rotting in landfill more greenhouse gases are created!

So try to reduce your impact by remembering that the skins, stalks, leaves and seeds are part of the plant and not an obstacle!

🌿 @plasticfreejuly 🌱

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