TOXICS INFORMATION PROJECT (TIP)
P.O. Box 40441, Providence, RI 02940
Tel. 401-351-9193, E-Mail: TIP@toxicsinfo.org
Website:   www.toxicsinfo.org
(Lighting the Way to Less Toxic Living)

TWO DISCUSSIONS LED BY LIBERTY GOODWIN, TIP DIRECTOR

First given at the Riverside & Seekonk Libraries, now available to other groups.
To learn more, contact Liberty Goodwin at (401)-351-9193 or E-Mail: TIP@toxicsinfo.org.

FOOD FACTS & FANTASY

See Info booklet in document form

Consumers are bombarded with information about what & how to eat. Much of this advice is conflicting or commercially motivated, some just confusing or difficult to follow. Liberty will offer simple tips on how to choose the healthiest food options and avoid those that are harmful. Included:

I. Quizzes: We’ll have fun filling out and discussing the TIP Kitchen Quiz and Three-Minute Health Quiz while people gather.

2. The Clutter of Claims: You can’t do it all - but you don’t have to! Avoiding confusion & developing a practical, personalized - & pleasant - plan for healthy eating.

3. “Conventional” vs. Organic: The problems with pesticided food. Which ones are most important to buy organic?

4. What’s the Matter With Meat? (and Dairy) Their hormones & antibiotics are not what your doctor would order. Some veggie alternatives can be tasty, but If you don’t want to abandon hamburgers and milk, healthier versions & strategies exist.

5. Obesity Through Chemistry: Diet products that make you fatter - obesity “helps” that harm. The value of veggies for weight control.

6. Packaging & Pollution: Learn to watch out for endocrine disrupting chemicals in common use, leaching into your food. Is frozen better than canned? What are the magic numbers for plastic?

7. Looking at Labels: Keys to quick navigation of ingredients lists. Less is best.

8. Cooking with Care: Pots and pans make a difference. Microwaving safety tips.

9. Travelers Get Tired: Unripe/artificially ripened produce from California doesn’t delight. Local & home-grown availability is expanding. What can you find in your area? Tips on where and when to look.

9. Saving Money While Saving Health: The idea that healthy food has to be expensive is a myth - if you are an educated shopper.


COMMON SENSE ABOUT CLEANING

See Cleaning Info booklet in document form

Clear up the confusion of commercial advertising claims about cleaning products. “Green” living is about more than energy efficiency, recycling and solar panels. Human health and the environment go hand in hand. Liberty Goodwin, Director of the Toxics Information Project (TIP) will discuss ways that household products can impact both. Liberty will offer simple steps to a really “green” household. Topics will include:

I. A Profusion Of Products: Why do we spend so much for mystery chemicals? Shouldn’t you know to what you are exposing yourself & your family?

2. The Dynamic Duo: Two simple substances everybody has handy will meet most of your cleaning needs. A couple of extras will do the rest.

3. Misconceptions About Mold: What product really does the job on the mold, and which ones do it on you?

4. Anti-Bacterials: Who needs them? The downside of “kill, kill!”, unless you live in a hospital.

5. Clearing the Air: What’s the real “smell of clean”? Why are “air fresheners” on the EPA list of air pollutants?

6. What About Water? If it steams, does it clean? When are filters wise?

7. Prevention Pays: Of doormats and bare feet, of fans and wet blouses.

8. Guidance vs. Greenwashing: Independent resources with info on avoiding “We’re Green!” fakes and making better choices for your cleaning needs.

9. Why it Matters to You & Your Neighborhood: There are health connections galore to commercial cleaners, and there is no such thing as “away”.

10. What’s This Going to Cost Me?: Answer - LESS. Green cleaning saves the money you are spending on a bunch of toxic products. And protects your health. That’s a WIN-WIN!

FOR MORE INFO ON FOOD, GREEN CLEANING & OTHER HOUSEHOLD CONCERNS,

SEE: www.toxicsinfo.org/TIPS_house.htm or contact Liberty Goodwin, TIP Director,

with your questions: liberty@toxicsinfo.org or 401-351-9193.