If you haven’t yet signed and shared the Vitamix petition I created and blogged about last October because you don’t own one of these high speed blenders and don’t plan to buy one, here are a few reasons to sign and share it anyway.
I myself don’t own a Vita-Mix. As I gushed last September, I’m in love with my Waring Pro with its all glass and metal pitcher. My blender may not be as fast, but it gets the job done without adding toxic chemicals to my smoothies. So you would think I wouldn’t care about what material Vita-Mix’s pitcher is made from. But the fact is, we are all affected by plastics on this planet, whether directly or indirectly. This point was driven whom a few weeks ago during a week-long meditation retreat on the Hawaiian island of Molokai.
Plastic in Paradise
The Hui Ho’olana is a retreat center located in the center of the center of the center: the very center of Molokai, which is in the center of the Hawaiian Island chain, which is in the center of the Pacific Ocean. It’s beautiful and lush, as you would expect, and the residents and owners of the retreat center are committed to protecting the land and restoring its native vegetation. Meals are prepared with fresh ingredients from the organic garden, and the buildings are furnished with lots of natural materials.
I didn’t see any plastic trash. And yet, when I asked to use a blender to make my daily smoothie, I discovered that the staff, like so many other health conscious people, had purchased and were using a high speed Vita-Mix blender with a plastic pitcher. So each morning that week, I blended up my smoothie in a plastic container. I was affected by Vita-Mix’s plastic blender without ever having purchased one!
And then I thought about all the food that is prepared in restaurants using high speed blenders. If you eat out, you are affected by the chemicals in these blenders — which include not only Vita-Mix but Blendtec and Ninja, and the rest. And if we can get these blender makers, starting with Vita-Mix, to at least offer a stainless steel alternative, we will be taking one small step towards reversing the trend of companies converting more and more of their appliances to plastic.
Mother Jones Wrote About It Last Month!
Did you see the article about plastic in the current issue of Mother Jones? No, it wasn’t specifically about my petition but about Eastman Tritan, the type of plastic that Vita-Mix blender pitchers are made from, and the fact that it has shown similar hormone-disrupting properties to Bisphenol-A. Read “The Scary New Evidence on BPA-free Plastics.” You will be shocked at how the Eastman Company has tried to dissuade its customers from running independent tests of this new plastic.
In early 2010, Philips Avent, a top producer of baby bottles and sippy cups, inquired about having an outside lab run testing on Tritan. Eastman’s senior chemist Emmett O’Brien fired off an email to colleagues, saying, “We need to [do] everything possible to convince the customer NOT to do EA [estrogenic activity] testing.” Philips was persuaded. But, according to testimony from Eastman executives, that same year Nestlé vetted Tritan, and found it leached synthetic estrogen…. Nestlé has nevertheless continued using Tritan in some of its water bottles.
I’ve been saying this for the past 3 years! Here’s my 2011 blog post explaining why BPA-free plastic is not necessarily safe. We need companies to stop jumping from one type of plastic to the next and return to materials that we know are safe.
Click here for more information about the Vita-Mix petition, including why I chose to target this one company first, why I am asking for stainless steel instead of glass, and what else you can do to promote the campaign. Please sign and share. We’re all in this together. One person’s choices can affect all of us.