Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Instagram Live with Dr. Organic Mommy: In Home Testing for Chemicals




Last week I had the opportunity to visit Natasha from Dr Organic Mommy and taped an Instagram Live, where we covered some of our favorite home testing kits to test for toxins.  As we discussed in the Live,  you don’t always have to spend thousands of dollars testing for serious chemicals in your home.  In fact, there are home testing kits that can help you determine if your family is being exposed to some of the most serious and toxic chemicals. 


Home testing kits are never as accurate as the testing a professional can provide but they can be effective as a first step towards helping  you determine if you need to spend serious money on calling a professional into your home.


TESTING FOR LEAD 

Friday, March 29, 2019

Wood Furniture Buying Guide



Its been three years (!) since I last updated my furniture buying guide- so I figured it was time for an update!

I love wooden:  for toys, for flooring and of course for furniture. I think that, when chosen properly, it is the safest least toxic alternative especially for cribs and beds. However, it is important  to understand that not all wood furniture is created equally.  It is important to understand the differences in wood types and  to ask these questions before making your next (wood) furniture purchase


1. Is it real solid wood?

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

ORGANIC VS CONVENTIONAL: EWG'S 2019 SHOPPER'S GUIDE TO PESTICIDES IN PRODUCE

Every year, The Environmental Working group publishes their 'Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce'.  They publish two lists.  One list, the Dirty Dozen, lists the fruits and vegetables that absorb the highest levels of pesticides, and which they highly recommend you buy organic. The second list, 'The Clean 15" lists the 'cleanest' fruits and vegetables; where few, if any, pesticide residues were detected and which you can feel comfortable buying conventional.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Eco Mama Muse: Amy Ziff : Helping You Source Products Made With Safe Ingredients


I am so excited to launch a new series  which I am calling "ECO MAMA MUSE".   In it, I hope to turn the spotlight on rockstar mamas who are working hard to make non-toxic living easier for parents like you and me.  My first every Eco Mama Muse is a woman I admire SO much and that I know you will love too: Amy Ziff . 


Amy, like so many of us, deepened her non-toxic journey after becoming a mom. Her twins were allergic to everything ( creams, lotions, diapers, breast pillows etc)
 and so she did what most of us moms do when we become new moms: she started researching and she learned- what by now many of you that follow Non-toxic Munchkin might already know- that the hundreds of products in our homes that we use every day—from baby balm to beauty creams, kitchen accessories to furniture—can contain toxic chemicals that can affect our family’s health. Furthermore she realized our government was failing at protecting us and that it was really, really, really hard to know which products are truly safe from which are not.

What did Amy do?


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

LA Brands Making Non-toxic Living Easier for parents



Raising a non-toxic munchkin can be hard- especially when it comes to sourcing truly non-toxic, fun, stylish and useful essentials for our kiddos.  

In this month’s issue of @laparentmag I was able to interview and feature 4 pretty awesome new brands that are all led by LA based women -  women who are making raising non-toxic munchkins a bit easier for us parents.  

Head over to LA Parent for the full story- and thanks to @baeobaby , @tokimats @itsbambamboom  and @berukids and @laparentmag !! 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Why Ingredients Detergents Matter and My Review of Branch Basics System (and a giveaway)

The Owners of Branch Basics who recently reformulated and relaunched their non-toxic cleaning brand:  but does it work?

I am still always slightly taken a back when I look at a client's laundry room and find a .... well an arsenal, of different products. Products with strong fragrances that linger well beyond the moment you clean and with suspiciously absent ingredient lists- what is in there?

As a category, cleaning products are one of the biggest sources of chemical exposure in our homes. So very ironic, considering that we trust these products to clean our homes, and yet many of them actually leave behind some pretty potentially ‘dirty’ (ie: harmful ) chemicals.

What do I use to clean my home with?


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Do I Have To Buy Organic Pjs?


Baby its (still ) cold outside!  And cozy pajamas feel like such a good idea.... but you might have hear these could  expose your kids to flame retardant chemicals?  IS that still the case?  What pjs should you buy your kids?

The law: In the US, pajamas for kids age 9 months through size 14 must be flame resistant or fit snugly. (Pajamas for younger babies do not have to be flame resistant)

In stores: The good news is that most well known companies are no longer using toxic flame retardant chemicals on their pjs. How are they meeting the federal regulations?
  1.   Most loose fitting pjs are now made of 100% polyester that is inherently flame resistant (needs no added chemicals)  
  2. Cotton made pajamas are kept 'snug fitting' and thus do not have to contain the chemicals. (these will have a yellow tag warning that they are not flame resistant and must be worn snug). 
The question that might be on your mind: Does this mean  I don't have to buy organic pjs for my kids?