Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Strange Fruit: A Reason to Stop using Plastic Bags #1

Last summer, NPR interviewed Kathy Fredrick, a blogger who chronicled the life of a plastic bag that was stuck in a tree outside her office building.  She was so fascinated about the stuck plastic bag that she began throwing birthday parties in its honor.  She also "interviewed" this plastic bag she named "Windy".  Kathy's interview with NPR was fun and memorable, but there was an important message behind "Windy".
Recently, I started noticing that there are hundreds of “Windys" stuck in trees along my commute.  Surely, we have all seen these strange fruit hanging from trees.  We are the ones that use and discard the bags without any thought as to how it is affecting our environment.  So, what are we doing about it?
Companies are now selling reusable bags to help us curtail our use of plastic bags.  That is at least a start.  Now, we just have to remember to use the bags and leave the plastic bags alone!
In the meantime, I have decided to keep track of all the plastic bags I see and post it to this blog.  If you see a "Windy" hanging from a tree, please tell us where it is located and what you think we can do to remove the bags from the trees and off the ground.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Growing Green ATL: GE Energy’s Grid IQ Experience Center

On Thursday, General Electric (GE) showcased the GE Energy’s Grid IQ Experience Center in Atlanta, GA.  This VIP event was only open to Georgia government officials, industry executives, academia, and the media, but it will be opened to the public in October 2011.  This center will provide consumers, a world-class smart grid education.

Smart grid technology will allow us to save energy, reduce energy costs, and increase reliability.  No more power outages? Well, less outages. 
By having the center in Atlanta, we will see a boost to the local economy because the center comes with 400 new jobs.  Atlanta will also become a major player in achieving green energy for the United States.  Click here to learn more about smart grids.

GE Energy’s Grid IQ Experience Center
2018 Powers Ferry Rd., SE
Atlanta, Ga. 30339


"Green Bees" Selected for the J.R. Watkins January/February Giveaway

First and foremost, I would like to welcome the two latest "Green Bees": Kat and Myriah!

If you did not send us an email to with the subject line, "January/February Campaign" and became a friend/follower on Facebook, Twitter, or this blog, then you are not to late to become a "Green Bee" for the next campaign. 

**Still no men.**  Here at The Lauren Daniels Company, we do not bite.  We are just looking for individuals that are open to testing and reviewing "green", natural, eco-friendly, biodegradable, and/or organic products that are effective and FREE

We will love to have you. And we are buzzing with excitement!

Toxic Chemicals in Pregnant Women: Is this a surprise to you?

Last Friday, a study was released from the University of California, which found that 100% of the 268 pregnant women they tested all had toxins in their blood and urine.  The researchers were surprised to find that some of the toxins were banned in the US over 40 years ago.  As reported by Fox News, "This highlights the ability of some potentially harmful substances to endure in the environment and the human."
Some of the toxins they found include PCB's.  Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) do not occur in nature and it is completely man-made.  Companies started making PCBs in 1929 and it was banned in the US in 1977 by the Environmental Protection Agency.  According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, “PCBs break down very slowly and can be carried long distances in the air, in rivers, lakes and oceans.  [They] build up over time in the fat of people and animals... [because they] can build-up in the food chain."  This toxin is linked to cancer and other health problems.  This is only one toxin but the researchers found 163 other toxic chemicals in their sample of pregnant women.
Fox News reported that the "researchers are still concerned about fetal harm due to the mothers exposure to multiple chemicals and how they might interact.  Exposure to chemicals during fetal development may increase the risk of preterm birth and birth defects, childhood morbidity, and adult disease and mortality."
This study was published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, but are we really surprised by what they found.  We should not be surprised at all.  We cook our food in non-stick pots and pans that use man-made chemicals.  We wash our eating utensils with chemicals.  We wash our clothes in chemicals.  We moisturize our skin with chemicals. 
I have come to the conclusion that we are addicted to the chemicals that our parents and our grandparents used.  For example, in college I moved into my first apartment, I thought the tub wasn’t clean unless I used Ajax (AJAX® Powder Cleanser), because that is what my mom used.  Neither of us knew that Sodium Dodecyl Benzene Sulfonate, one of the main ingredients was a health hazard.  The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services put this chemical on their hazardous substance fact sheet.  This document states that this chemical can irritate the lungs and cause bronchitis.  The document also states that Sodium Dodecyl Benzene Sulfonate has NOT been tested “for its ability to cause cancer...or [its] affect [on] reproduction.  What also alarmed me was that this document was last modified in 2002. 
The government has to do better than this!  But we have to do better too.  Some of us act as though people who use all natural or organic products are brainwashed and companies are making money off of us while laughing to the bank. Well, I do not know about you but I would rather pay for a product that has ingredients that were NOT man-made and toxic to me or the environment.  In a discussion two years ago, a co-worker said that there are things in natural that is poisonous to us and our pets.  I say yes, but I know better than to pay for poison.  Do you?  Look around your home and see how much poison you paid for. 
I began writing a list of ways to decrease the amount of chemicals in your life but I decided that the “Walking with the Wise” blogger hit the nail on the head in her list:

1.  Eat certified USDA organic certified foods.  This will help limit consuming most genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors/flavors, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, irradiation, and synthetic hormones.  Also, seek out local farmers who use natural farming methods…or better yet, grow some food yourself!
2.  Don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat.  This means avoiding most conventional skin care and make-up products in the grocery stores. 

3.  Use natural laundry soaps ...and avoid conventional name brand varieties. You can also make your own soaps with borax, baking soda and castille soap.

4.  Stop cooking in the microwave (I have not stopped doing this myself.L)and using non-stick cookware.  Teflon when heated creates a toxic gas and while convenient adds to the environmental body burden.  Use stainless steel, cast iron, glass and stay away from cooking in plastic or using plastic unless it’s BPA (bisphenol A) free.  Never cook in plastic as the petroleum byproducts can still leach into the foods.

5.  Avoid prescription drugs or try weaning off with the help of a physician (stopping cold turkey for many drugs can be dangerous).  Look for natural replacements or nutraceuticals to begin healing the body by not masking symptoms.  Course nothing beats a balanced low-sugar, nutrient dense diet, exercise, sunshine, adequate sleep and low stress for optimal health and prevention of drugs.  Read the others here.

Not preaching, just saying.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Welcome "Green Bees"

Since the launch of the campaign, we have welcomed 7 eager and wonderful individuals to join the "Green Bee" team.  I would like to welcome the following: Denaya, Tonie, Patrice, Jennifer, Lynn, Karin, and Audria. 

Where are the men?  I am not sure, but we are looking for three more individuals that are open to testing and reviewing "green", natural, eco-friendly, biodegradable, and/or organic products that are effective and FREE. 

If you or someone you know ready for the assignment, then send us an email to with the subject line, "January/February Campaign" and become a friend/follower on Facebook, Twitter, or this blog.  Find us on Facebook, type "Lauren Daniels Assistant Services".  On Twitter, type "LaurenDanielsCo".  Also let us know how you heard about us.

As always, I am taking suggestions for the next campaign.  Right now I am thinking the Baumgartens Conserve Brand.  What do you think?  What products you have been dying to try?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

"Green Bees"

Sign up to become a "Green Bee".  They are Lauren Daniels Green Review's official testers of our free full size "green", natural, eco-friendly, biodegradable, and/or organic products.

We are buzzing with excitement!!!

Send us an email to with the subject line, "January/February Campaign" and become a friend/follower on Facebook, Twitter, or this blog.  Find us on Facebook, type "Lauren Daniels Assistant Services".  On Twitter, type "LaurenDanielsCo".

January/February Campaign: J.R. Watkins Natural Home Care Giveaway

Would you like free, full size natural products?  If so read below.
Six times a year, The Lauren Daniels Company has a campaign that analyzes a company that makes "green", natural, eco-friendly, biodegradable, and/or organic products.  For the January/February 2011 Campaign, we are going to analyze and test...***drum roll***...JR Watkins Naturals,

"Nestled in the Mississippi River Bluff town of Winona, MN., Watkins has been America's pioneer in natural living since 1868. As America's original natural apothecary manufacturer, Watkins uses only the finest natural ingredients in its diverse lines of personal care, home care, remedies, and organic flavorings."

Our goal is to test their home care products, but other reviews about their products are welcomed. Send us an email to with the subject line, "January/February Campaign" and become a friend/follower on Facebook, Twitter, or this blog.  Find us on Facebook, type "Lauren Daniels Assistant Services".  On Twitter, type "LaurenDanielsCo".  As always, I am taking suggestions for the next campaign.

***Note: All products are purchased by the blogger from Watkins Inc.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Happy New Year!!!

New Year, New Life and start with relaxing, relieving stress, and reducing chemicals from your life.  That is what this blog is all about. 

 Lauren Daniels Assistant Services specialize in improving our clients' lives and environment by advising, organizing, and cleaning their home and business, so we know what natural products are effective and affordable. 

Not only will you find reviews of natural products, but I will keep you informed about the chemicals that we all buy everyday that pollute our homes and environment.  Stay tuned!!!
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