Sunday, August 13, 2017

2017 Non-Toxic Munchkin Back To School Guide for Kids of All Ages



Back to School is upon us all and kids and parents everywhere are looking to buy this year’s supplies that will fit our kid’s personalities, last (at least!) the entire year and that won’t expose them to nasty toxic chemicals.   

The good news is that every year there are more safe, stylish and non-toxic supplies available, the bad news? The usual yearly massive amounts of toxic vinyl and fruity smelling supplies are also readily available and they mostly showcase your child’s favorite characters.  As with everything the key is to know what to look for and what to avoid - which is where we come in.  

Voila our 2017 Non-Toxic Munchkin Back To School Guide for kids of all ages.  

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Where and How to Buy Flame Retardant Free Furniture


Meet our two newest home additions: our tan leather chairs.   What was one of the main things I took into consideration before purchasing them for our home?  I wanted to make sure they would not expose my family to flame retardant chemicals.....
  
The reason?  
Due to laws that have been in place for 40 years (and that recently changed on some fronts) flame retardant chemicals were required to be used in upholstered furniture, baby car seats, interior of cars and home electronics and even mattresses.

These laws made these chemicals so prevalent in our homes that flame retardant chemicals are still found in the umbilical cord blood of 100% of American babies born today
  
Flame retardant chemicals have been linked to  cancer, infertility, obesity, lowered IQ and learning problems, and other diseases and disorders.

The good news?  

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Not So Romantic Reason You Should Switch Out Your Candles and Buy Non-Toxic Ones


Need some time to unwind this weekend?  How many of us will turn to candles? 

Women, especially, love them.  We love to gift them and we  love to receive them as gifts. Lighting candles can instantly transport you to a remote tropical island, a snow capped chalet, a spa like atmosphere,  a romantic set or a childless, organized quiet home!  They are quite powerful, candles.

Unfortunately most of the candles we find in stores - yes, even the expensive ones with the glorious smells and designer cases- are made of paraffin wax a petroleum byproduct that gives of the same chemicals that diesel fuel fumes give off (benzene and toluene).  EECK. Not to mention the undisclosed list of fragrance chemicals they give off some of which are known hormone disruptors!   

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sunshine State is Finally Putting All that Sunshine to Good Use

Just in time for @teslamotors unveiling, the very affordable, pricing for their solar roofs (on average, the Tesla solar roof price will be $21.85 per square foot, which is less than the cost of a normal roof, even without the energy savings) more cities across the US are making it mandatory for all new constructions to have solar panels- amazing! The latest city is the city of South Miami.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Our Water Filtration System Buying Guide and How To Know If you Need One


Many families take for granted access to safe water.   Many, expect it to be relatively safe for drinking or, even if they choose to drink bottled water,  at least for bathing, cooking and teeth brushing.

Unfortunately a new study published by the National Resource Defense Council  on nationwide water violations, shows that the water quality of many families in the US is dangerously bad.  The government (both state and federal) is failing miserable at enforcing The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and is failing miserably at updating our deteriorating public water systems.  The results? It is also failing to provide its citizens with clean drinking water.


We all know about Flint, Michigan, but to the surprise of many, the residents of Flint are not the only ones drinking polluted water every single day (although, theirs is an extreme tragedy).

According to the NDRC among the worse offenders in the nation are: 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

How Everyone's Favorite Comfort Food, Mac & Cheese, Became The Main Source of Hormone Altering Chemicals




MAC and Cheese is an institution in itself. It is the definition of comfort food and a childhood (and adult!) favorite for many. IT really is as American as apple pie - so how can it be that it has been found to be the main source of exposure to a toxic hormone mimicking chemical?  And are other foods exposing us too?

Plastic and Food- although common - not a great combo
Come home from the supermarket and you are sure to realize just how much food is in contact with and packaged in plastic.   Add to that, what we don’t see ;the plastic that comes into contact with our food before it even makes it to store shelfs. Lots of equipment used in the manufacturing of certain meals are also plastic.  So- what’s the problem?

The problem is that some proven toxic chemicals in plastic are migrating into your food and into you and your kids.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Non-Toxic Laundry Guide: The Good, The Bad and The Toxic


  


Just like every family with kids, we do a lot  - I mean  A LOT- of laundry at home.   My sons get home from camp, the playground, school or soccer practice really really dirty; we are talking black knees, shorts and t-shirts covered in dirt or paint - the works.   Part of me is happy when they come home so dirty because  I always say it makes them look like they had a blast BUT I know it also means extra work and power when laundry time comes around.

Every parent I talk to asks me what laundry detergent I use.   I have to admit, the laundry room is the one area where I have REALLY struggled to find non-toxic alternatives that work as well as their chemically loaded counterparts.  But it can be done and here is how.

WHY A NON-TOXIC LAUNDRY CAN BE CHALLENGING
There are a couple of challenges you will face when looking for an effective and non-toxic laundry product