Monthly Archives: October 2012

How safe are BPA-free products?

Typical BPA-free commuter mugs

Are these BPA-free travel mugs really safe for use?

As a result of widespread consumer backlash, many companies have rolled out “BPA-free” plastic products, ranging from bottles and sippy cups to reusable water bottles, meant to appeal to those health-conscious consumers looking to avoid toxins.

Many are simply swapping another bisphenol, bisphenol-S (BPS), which is now showing up in human urine concentrations at levels similar to those of BPA.

Research suggests BPS has similar hormone-mimicking characteristics as BPA, but it may be significantly less biodegradable, and more heat-stable and photo-resistant, which means it may cause even more health and environmental damage over time.

If you’re interested in avoiding any number of chemical toxins leaching into your food and beverages, choose glass over plastic, especially when it comes to products that will come into contact with food or beverages, or those intended for pregnant women, infants and children.

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Yes, You Can Buy Canadian!

Do you try to support Canadian suppliers?  Much of what we use to promote our brand originates offshore but not everything.  There is a wide variety of well-made and interesting products which are made right here, eh!

Style from Schleeh

Make your brand stand out in style!

Perhaps you are looking for interesting desktop items which set themselves apart from the typical “office supply superstore” stuff.  Schleeh Design in Montreal has many great ideas for you.  All of their products are highly stylized and really make a statement.  Whether its notepads, desk organizers or something else, Schleeh has you covered.

Schleeh also has the most amazing furniture as well as totally unique vases and vessels if you are looking for more substantial pieces.

Looking for something a little more traditional?  Canadian manufacturers have a wide variety of high quality products for you to consider.  For instance, DGroup Trevelyan is a well-established supplier of leather  and vinyl goods such as portfolios, binders and even unique items like coasters, coin set holders and passport wallets.

High quality leather goods made right here in Canada!

Before you consider an offshore product, why not see if you can get something that’s made right here in Canada, eh!

History of The Hoodie

Hoodies for the casual lifestyle

Hoodies are one of the most versatile wardrobe items you can own!

Sure, monks and druids wore hooded robes centuries ago, but where did the modern hoodie originate?

For that, we can thank Champion Products of Rochester, NY who came up with the modern hoodie in the 1930’s.

Champion added hoods to sweatshirts to give labourers and athletes an extra layer of protection from the elements.  The first hoodies were used in cold storage warehouses and by outdoor workers like tree surgeons.  Soon after that, football players discovered that hoodies were great at keeping you warm and dry on the sidelines.

It wasn’t until the 1970’s that Rocky Balboa started to make hoodies ideal for a street-wise look.  Graffiti artists found that the hoodie gave them some anonymity.  Rappers liked the rough and ready look.  And musicians, surfers and skateboarders adopted the hoodie as an anti-establishment uniform.

Rover gets a hoodie

Who doesn’t love a hoodie?

Today, the hoodie is the preferred casual garment of millions of people.

Thanks to Wearables Magazine for the background!