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Sunday, September 27, 2009

NALGENE Reusable Water Bottles

A Variety of Safe, Convenient Water Bottles -- Made in the USA with No BPA!

So you've bought a reusable water bottle to keep plastic out of the landfills and help save the environment ... good for you! But have you considered your own safety?

Many plastic water bottles and even some aluminum models that have plastic liners contain BPA, a chemical that acts as estrogen and has been linked to cancer and other health issues. Aluminum also is not the best choice for drinking bottles as the metal has been linked to certain brain diseases, including Alzheimer's.

Enter NALGENE. Not only are these bottles BPA-free and aluminum-free, but they are also Made in the USA! The company sells a variety of bottles and containers for a variety of uses. You'll find bottles in all colors, shapes and sizes in hard plastic, soft plastic, and 100% surgical-grade stainless steel for outdoor activities and everyday use. And cost wise, they are just as affordable as those bottles made in Switzerland or Asia.

With all of these benefits, why would you choose any other brand?

No matter which NALGENE bottle you choose, you can be assured your bottle was made by fellow Americans in the company's Rochester, New York, manufacturing plant. Because this facility is in the US, it is subject to stringent quality assurance procedures. The ISO compliant facility is also registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Good Manufacturing Practices facility.

Don't sell yourself, your health or your country short, buy BPA-free products and make sure they are American-Made!

To find out which NALGENE bottle is best for you, visit

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

AEGIS Bikes: Made in the USA Still Matters

I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride my bike ...

With more people trying to leave less of a carbon footprint, the rising price of gas, our desire to not be dependent on foreign oil, and the fact biking is a great sport and offers terrific health benefits, bikes are more popular than ever. That's why I decided to feature a US bicycle company. During my research I found a few companies that assembled bikes in the US but were owned by other countries. This gives workers jobs but it doesn't keep the money in the US. (For example, Murray bikes are assembled in the US but the company is in Great Britain.) Most bikes are made in China/Taiwan.

One company that proudly declared Made in USA on its website and really stood out was AEGIS handmade carbon fiber bikes. The motto that caught my eye: At AEGIS we believe Made in the USA still matters.

AEGIS bikes aren't cheap, but they are top-notch, and made by a company in Van Buren, Maine, who employ skilled and dedicated craftspeople. The company has been making carbon fiber bicycles since 1986 and are the oldest carbon frame maker in the country.

While most of the AEGIS bike models are made for competitive triathletes, a few of the bikes can be adapted to everyday fun and fitness. Because these bikes are built to last, it could be the last bike you ever buy. Their slogan: Built to Last as Long as You

What makes an AEGIS better than a Foreign-made Bike?
While the company's patented technique is being duplicated by many traditional "metal" U.S. and international frame builders in Taiwanese and Chinese factories, these companies are using less and less carbon and creating bikes that ride like aluminum.

Pete, the owner of AEGIS, says if you're going to spend the money on a carbon bike, buy one that's going to give you the best ride and the ability to turn your pedal strokes into forward motion.

"Our frames are still made in the USA, in Maine, and that will never change," Pete adds.

Read the complete story of AEGIS and find out where to buy a bike at