Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Non-Toxic Living? There is an App for that! The Best Apps for Non-Toxic Living





Living a healthier, less toxic life has never been easier.   Obviously, the first place you should turn to is our very own Non-Toxic Munchkin  (blog or via Facebook or Instagram ) to ask any questions you might have about transitioning to a less chemical dependent life .   Obviously. 

 (BTW have you liked us on Facebook?  What about Instagram - @nontoxicmunchkin ? You should do that right now, since we are constantly sharing great information and tips!)

However, for those situations when you are on the go- for example in a store about to buy a product and you need immediate help,  or just want after-hours help around the house, there are great apps that you should have handy at all times!


These apps not only have great information available about non-toxic products, they can also make your life easier since some of them allow you to order products directly from the apps.  All are from very trustworthy sources - so you are in good hands.


Friday, April 15, 2016

Spring Cleaning Ready! 20 Ways To Replace Toxic Chemicals With Baking Soda Around the House

Photo credit: Life Hacker India

Baking soda. We all know it, own it and probably use it to keep our refrigerators fresh or for baking, but, let's face it , it is not all that exciting..... or is it? IS IT?!

This natural white powder is actually quite the rock star of your pantry. In fact, it is one of the most multidimensional and useful tools out there. It does it (almost) all, I tell you.

Read on for a huge huge list of things you can do with baking soda. Remember, when it comes to reducing the chemical exposure in your house and for your family, small changes in your routine make a huge difference. This week, choose 2-3 options form the list bellow that will allow you to switch out a toxic product for baking soda and feel like your own rock start of green and healthy living!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

EWG's 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce: The Good, The Bad and the Super Toxic




It is that time of the year again when the Environmental Working Group publishes its annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

Two lists, Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen, are released to help you know what fresh produce you should be buying organic ( those with the highest levels of pesticides or the ' Dirty Dozen') and which produce you can save some money on and buy conventional ( the 'Clean Fifteen' list). 



What are some of the dangers of exposure to pesticides ( especially during pregnancy and early childhood?) 



Let's start by saying that pesticides are designed to kill living things (pests) - by definition something that kills living things can't be great for you or your kids.



Pesticides have been linked to cancer, acute and chronic nervous system injury and dysfunction of the endocrine, reproductive and immune systems.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Costco Can't Keep Up With Its Demand For Organic Food - This is What They Are Doing

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Some good news today?


Costco's CEO Craig Jelinek announced at their annual shareholder meeting that not only are organic food sales doing great at the warehouse giant, but, in fact, the retailer cannot meet the demand they have and is falling short constantly.

What are they doing about this?

Well, in what I believe is a novelty move, Costco is going to start working with organic farmers to help them buy land and equipment to grow organics (Whole Foods lends money to farmers but mostly for new equipment and infrastructure)  


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

FDA Advises Its Time to Take Arsenic in Baby Cereal Serious - What About Other Rice Products (Including Gluten Free Products)?


This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration  published a new scientific assessment on arsenic in rice, providing advice for pregnant women and infants

   The agency found exposure to inorganic arsenic in rice products could potentially be dangerous for infants, pregnant woman and young children and thus it would be "prudent" to seek out alternatives.  They found: