Friday, December 29, 2017

When Your Daughter's Makeup Contains Asbestos....

photocredit:  inhabitots.com

Little girls love playing with makeup.   Add glitter and it could possible be the best gift ever for the holidays. 

This holidays, however, a mother in Rhode Island decided to send her six year old daughter's gifted makeup to an independent lab (the mother works for a law Firm, which specializes in asbestos class-action lawsuits.)... and it tested positive for Tremolite asbestos.  Yes, asbestos.  Tremolite asbestos has been linked to the cancer mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers.

The makeup products, that had been purchased at Claire's stores, have been pulled from store shelves until Claire's conducts their own investigation.  The items included are( please check the Claire’s website for more information):

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Could You Be Feeding Your Baby and Family Arsenic With Breakfast?



No parent, or any person for that matter, would knowingly eat a food they knew contained the neurotoxin lead. We all know about the toxic effects of lead on the brain (particularly the developing brain of a fetus and infant/young child). However, 80% of infants in the United States, are eating a staple baby food product that is exposing them to potentially dangerous levels of another neurotoxin : arsenic.

Dr Phillip Landrigan, 
Dean of Global Health and Director of the Children's Environmental Health Center at Mt. Sinai, explained to us ,“Arsenic is a proven human carcinogen, a cancer-causing chemical. It is also a neurotoxin, a chemical that is toxic to the developing brain and nervous system of a young child. ” Landrigan added, “ Both lead and arsenic can cause injuring to the developing brains of children. This injury can result in lowered IQ, shortened attention span and behavioral problems.”

So, what are babies eating that is exposing them to arsenic?


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Tree Showdown 2017: Natural Trees vs Artificial Trees




I love real Christmas trees.  I love how they smell, how they look and I love the experience of going with my family to pick “the perfect tree”.  It becomes the center of our holiday celebrations, the place where we take family photos every year, around which we host holiday cocktail parties (or, truth be told these days, afternoon playdates)  and, of course, where Santa leaves his presents on Christmas morning.  

Last year, someone asked me if I thought that buying natural Christmas trees was damaging to the environment (cutting down so many trees)  - a valid question.  It also lead  me to thinking about artificial Christmas trees and whether or not they were better for the environment.  Here are my findings.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Non-Toxic Holiday Shopping Guide: The Good, The Bad and Our Favorite Toys For Kids!

 


(Scroll down for the full guide!)
For their age, my kids know a lot about avoiding potentially harmful chemicals. We talk about it openly and organically (pun intended!) and I love the fact that they will grow up understanding what to avoid (soft plastics, strong artificial smells etc) and what to seek out (glass, stainless steel, wood etc). A topic that has been a bit tricky to navigate, however, are holiday gifts. They are under the impression that anything Santa would bring - regardless of what it is- would never be toxic to them because, as my then 5 year old said to me once, "Santa wouldn't put lead in my toys mommy, so don't worry"

Their logic makes sense; of course Santa Clause would never put lead or any other potentially harmful chemical in a toy he was making in the North Pole.

But, the sad reality is that sometimes toys that are left under the tree or gifted through other traditions during the holidays too often do contain harmful chemicals. And let's be honest, many of these toys end up in our children's mouths- thus directly exposing our munchkins to these toxins.

Let's take a closer look.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Acetominophens and ADHD: A Very Strong Link


Recent research out of Norway suggests that one of the most common pain relievers,  may have an effect on whether a child develops ADHD.  

The findings might paint part of the picture on why the last decades have seen a substantial increase in ADHD diagnosis; Acetaminophens are  one of the most common drug ingredient,  found in more than 600 different over-the-counter and prescription medicines, including generic and store brand pain relievers, fever reducers, and sleep aids as well as cough, cold, and allergy medicines.  Among them: 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

How To Get Pesticides Off Your Fruit With a Kitchen Staple We All Have in Our Kitchens!


As the temperatures drop we are quickly moving deep into apple season.   Pretty soon your local farmers market will we full of all types of apples- a variety for every taste.   

For your home, when possible, you should always opt for  organic fruits and vegetables - especially for your children- especially if you are pregnant and especially apples since they tend to have high levels of pesticide residues when they are non-organic.

Certain produce absorb more pesticide chemicals than others (see our list of the 'Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen ' for a complete list of produce that have more pesticides and should be purchased organic and those that have absorb less pesticides and are safe to eat conventional),  But even for the most well meaning organic eater, there will be some instances when, whether due to budget or because you are away from home  you will have no choice than to eat non organic.

With this in mind, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst,  set out to test
three common methods for cleaning non-organic fruits to see which worked best in the removal of surface and internalized pesticide residues from apples... which are one of the fruits which absorb and have the highest amounts of pesticides in the US

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Talking to Weelicious about the Non-Toxic Kitchen


Today I headed over to Weelicious and One Potato Box headquarters  to hang out with their founder, Catherine McCord.  We had a great time talking about all things healthy parenting and  specifically all things related to the non-toxic kitchen on her Facebook Live space.  We also answered some great questions from her followers and one lucky viewer won the most adorable (and  Non-Toxic Munchkin Approved!)  Petits et Maman wooden plate! 

Check out the link below to see the full episode!



  If you are curious about some of the items we mentioned during the Facebook Live here are some of the links:

Lodge LCC3 Cast Iron Combo Cooker, Pre-Seasoned, 3.2-Quart

All-Clad Stainless Steel Roasting Pan with Rack 51114 , 11" x 13"

Glasslock 18-Piece Assorted Oven Safe Container Set

Pyrex Basics Clear Oblong Glass Baking Dishes, 2 Piece Value Plus Pack Set

TeamFar Baking Sheet Set of 3, Stainless Steel Cookie Sheet Baking Tray Pan, Healthy & Non Toxic, Mirror Finish & Rust Free, Easy Clean & Dishwasher Safe

Lunchskins Reusable Quart Bag, Navy Blue Bike

Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bag, Sandwich Bag, Sous vide Bag, Storage Bag, Aqua

Petits Et Maman Kids' Wood Plate Rabbit Fork and Spoon Set

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Why 'BPA free, Pthalate free and PVC free' Isn't Always the Best Choice



I saw this water bottle on my walk home today and couldn't help but think of the child who it belonged too... no doubt their parents bought this water bottle from a well known and 'trusted' company thinking it was a safe option for their child... it is marketed as "  BPA free, Pthalate free and PVC free'... so why wouldn't a parent think it is a safe option for their little one?  Well.....

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Pesticides in Food Linked to Infertility and IVF Failure

Eating organic during pregnancy is always recommended
 but a new study shows just how important it might be for couples dealing with infertility


Eating organic might be more important than ever, especially if you are a couple struggling with infertility and undergoing fertility treatments. A new study has found a link between pesticides exposure( from eating non organic fruits and vegetables) and IVF failure rates.

The study, conducted by scientists at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is the first to  link daily 'low' levels of pesticide exposure, ( ie  that which is consumed in a typical non organic diet) with miscarriage in women undergoing fertility treatments

The study looked at 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

San Francisco Bans Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals in Children's Items and All Furniture- What this Means Even if you Don't Live in San Fran

Soon some parents will not have to worry that their children's furniture
could be exposing them to toxic flame retardant chemicals 


San Francisco's Board of Supervisors  quietly passed a major law his past week.  They banned  the sale of all upholstered furniture and children’s products "made with or containing an added flame retardant chemical" (well - to be exact banned the sale of products containing flame retardant chemicals at a level above 1,000 parts per million)

The law goes into effect in January 2019, giving retailers a year to move their inventory.

What if I don't live in San Francisco?
It still is pretty major news.  The reality is that if this trickles down to the rest of the state of California it might just automatically trickle down to the rest of the US because California is the biggest market in the US and most companies will not produce two products (one with flame retardant chemicals for the rest of the US and one without for California and Maine - who recently passed a similar ban).   

Also, if you are looking for a children's product (or furniture) without flame retardant chemicals you can always purchase it from a local San Francisco store!  


What does the ban include?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Savant Magazine Features Non-Toxic Munchkin




" my motto is : it is not a diet. It is not a detox. It is a way of life.  That is the goal when you set out to create a non-toxic home".                 

 So excited to have been featured in London's Savant Magazine - they are a leading European publication for Sustainable Living and Fashion.  Check out my interview with them, featuring key tips for families wanting to transition to a non-toxic home!  

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tips for the #NOPLASTICCHALLENGE

Photo Credit: National Geographic


(every day we will be adding to our story with the Tip of the day for using less plastic! )


This week we are joining @Yourzenmama,  @mind_and_motion and @green4ema in a no plastic challenge ( #noplasticchallengeoct16 )!  Every day will be offering tips on how to reduce plastics in your everyday life and why.

One of the main reasons?  Our kiddos are watching.   As moms and dads we have the power to form the next generation's relationship with plastic and with our Earth.  If they grow up in a house that does not abuse plastics, that consciously opts for safer more sustainable alternatives,  then it will become second nature for them to grow up into adults that do not abuse plastics.  

 Imagine if we are able to raise a generation that uses less plastic?!  It would be huge:  our children and our grandchildren will reap the benefits not only of a healthier less polluted planet but of a healthier less polluted body.   All it takes is for us to shift our mindset and habits about plastic.

Let's start today!


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Detoxing Your Baby's Umbilical Cord Blood



Wait, what?   Clean up a baby’s umbilical chord blood?  Nothing should be more protected nor purer, right?  Well, unfortunately today’s babies have over 200  industrial chemicals and pollutants running through their umbilical cord blood. Some of  these chemicals have never been tested for safety on infants nor fetus’, others we know are toxic with serious health repercussions.  

The good news?   If you want to you can drastically reduce the number of chemicals that your unborn child is exposed to - but, even though I usually recommend small steps to not get overwhelmed in your quest for a less chemically dependent life, if you are already pregnant the time to start is NOW (ideally this process should start before you get pregnant).  

Sunday, October 1, 2017

DIY Non-Toxic Face Paint: For Halloween and Beyond



Kids love face paint. What better way to become a pirate or a princess or a butterfly or tiger than with face paint, right?   

Unfortunately, most store bought face paints have really toxic chemicals including   lead (and high levels of it) talc (linked to cancer), chromium, barium, endocrine disrupting fragrance chemicals (for more details on what is in your face paint check out an article I wrote for The Tot recently) 

I now cringe when I see a face painting station at  birthday parties or fairs because, truthfully, the struggle is real.  The kids LOVE getting fun designs and I don't always want to be the mean mom that says no.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

You Probably Already Have The Best Product to Clean Your Floors At Home (and its non-toxic too!)



If you have kids that love playing outdoors, then love coming inside  and then love going back outside and then inside.......cleaning floors quickly becomes an almost daily necessity (obsession?).   Perhaps I am a bit obsessed with clean floors (ok, very obsessed) and perhaps deep down I am fascinated, yet terrified and grossed out,  when I broom the floors and collect so. much. STUFF.  But, weather you love it or hate it, and regardless of how often they are cleaned in your home: cleaning the floors in your home is important stuff.  Just as important?  The products you use to clean them with.  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Finally We Will All Know What is Inside Our Cleaning Supplies





Only 7% of cleaning products fully list their ingredients - hiding from consumers the ingredients they are using in their 'special formulations.  The problem?  

 Because consumers have had no way of knowing what chemicals were added to many of their favorite cleaning brands,   products used to clean homes, nurseries, preschools, schools and offices often contain known carcinogens, known asthmagens (chemicals that can cause asthma in healthy individuals), known endocrine disruptors etc


These chemicals not only affected the person doing the cleaning, but because they remain lingering in the air and in the cleaned surfaces - sometimes for days-  can affect the entire family for days after the cleaning has taken place.


Thankfully, things are changing...

  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Is There a New Non-Toxic Car Seat In Town?



Thanks to various readers of my blog I heard about the new Nuna PIPA Lite.   


The 2017 new car seat model claims that it: 
weighs in less than every infant car seat—only 5.3 lbs. Tote with ease longer, knowing it goes the distance with aeroflex™ foam, true lock™ base installation, and no added fire retardant chemicals. All while exceeding American safety standards."

"no added fire retardants"  what does that mean? Could it be true!?  I started researching and eventually contacted two different people at Nuna and both (customer service and media contact) confirmed that the Nuna Pipa Lite:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

How To Test For Toxic Chemicals At Home: Testing Your Paint, Water, Air and Body



Contrary to popular belief, 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.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Best Indoor Plants To Purify Your Home AIr


We are in the middle of a heat wave in Southern California so it is definitely too hot to open the windows all day and allow our home air circulate (getting household toxins out of the house and fresh air in).  

So how do I make sure my indoor air is still free from toxins?


  • 1.   Try to open windows for a couple of minutes in the early morning or evening when it is not so hot.
  • 2.  Make sure to dust and vacuum regularly - since toxins, like flame retardants from electronics and furniture, like to make their way to household dust
  • 3.  I take care of my favorite alternate methods of air purification: plants!  

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Are the New Whole Foods 365 Stores Worth the Trip?



A new Whole Foods 365 store opened in Santa Monica not too far from home.  I currently have a Whole Foods Market store two blocks away, so I wondered if  the new 365 store would prove to be a significantly better choice - enough to get me to drive 10-15 minutes

I had read that the new store format is aimed at getting millennial shoppers - who want good quality food at lower prices- into their doors… but I am no millennial!  So , I also wondered, would it be a better choice for me?  


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 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


updated 6/2018

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 every recent study published on the topic has shown that Americans are drinking known harmful chemicals in their everyday drinking water supply and that the government (both state and federal) is failing at enforcing The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and is failing at updating our deteriorating public water systems.

The National Resource Defense Council  published a study on nationwide water violations, and found that every single state's water supply had water violations. The worse offenders in the nation were: 



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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Our Fav Non-Toxic Sunscreens for Kids, Summer 2017


Everyone should be wearing sunscreen on a daily basis, especially during summer. We should not only be wearing it daily, but if we spend time outdoors we need to be reapplying throughout the day- that is a lot of sunscreen you and your family will be using!


 I know all of this, and yet the struggle to put daily sunblock on in my house is real.  Oh so real.  My boys hate putting sunscreen on. They groan, they sometimes run away. I remind them that we live in California and they have to put sunblock on every day.  Still a struggle.  I try to explain (to the oldest one) what skin cancer is  it helps-  a bit, but usually it is still a struggle.

So, I try to incorporate other methods to avoid the sun's dangerous rays when I can, which include:  
  • - wearing a hat
  • - wearing protective clothing
  • - planning around the sun and avoiding peak hours
  • - sticking to the shade as much as possible
  • - wearing sunglasses - even for babies and kids (read more on why this is important and how to choose a proper sunglass for kids here) 


This, it turns out, is just as important as wearing sunscreen daily.  According to the Environmental Working Group's 2017  Guide to Sunscreen "Stanford University dermatologists who reviewed CDC national survey data concluded that people who relied solely on sunscreens for sun protection had more sunburns than people who reported infrequent sunscreen use but wore hats and clothing to shield themselves from the sun "

But, as moms, we all know that kids will be outdoors, without shade, without a hat in the noon sun sometimes (especially during recess or camp!) - so sunscreen is still as important as ever.  So, here are our favorite sunscreens that are easy to apply and non-toxic...... wish putting sunblock on my boys was as easy as choosing a safe and non-toxic sunblock!


All Terrain Kid-Sport SPF-30 Oxybenzone-Free Natural Sunscreen Lotion, 6-Ounce


Babo Botanicals SPF 30 Clear Zinc Lotion - Fragrance Free, 3 Ounces, Best Natural Mineral Sunscreen, Non-Nano, Sensitive





Beautycounter Protect Stick Sunscreen, Body, SPF 30  (currently this is my pick because this stick makes it is easier to put sunblock on the kids and its larger size allos me to protect more skin than smaller sized sunblock sticks.  Also, it does not leave them white which means less rubbing and less drama)  



The sunscreens with the worse ratings (ie:  do not use or buy)

  • Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 60+ (contains retinyl palmitate and very high SPF)
  • Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen, SPF 60+  (contains retinyl palmitate and very high SPF)
  • Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100 (contains oxybenzone, a hormone disrupting chemical and very high SPF) 
  • Banana Boat Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100 ((contains oxybenzone, a hormone disrupting chemical and very high SPF) 
  • Well at Walgreens Sunscreen Continuous Spray, Kids, SPF 50 (contains both oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate) 
  • Vichy Laboratoires Ideal Capital Soleil 60 Sunscreen, SPF 60 (contains oxybenzone, a hormone disrupting chemical and very high SPF) 
  • Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70+ (contains both oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate) 





For those who want more information here is a brief tutorial on how to choose a non-toxic sunblock;

According to the Environmental Working group, Almost three-fourths of sunscreen on the market offer inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients (like those mentioned below)

Remember: your skin is your largest organ. Anything you put on it enters your body- and if you are pregnant it enters your developing baby's body too.

What To Avoid


- The main ingredient you want to avoid? Retinyl palmitate, a type of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is an antioxidant added to skin products because it is believed to help slow the skin's aging process. It is safe to use for night creams, which we use while indoors. However, a federal study recently found that Vitamin A might speed the growth of cancerous tumors when used on skin exposed to sunlight.

- Oxybenzone – One of the most common ingredients in sunscreens sold in the US- so common that most people in the US have it running through our blood stream. This is a hormone disrupting chemical that acts like estrogen in the body. In studies, it has been seen to alter sperm production in animals and is also associated with endometriosis in women. The worse part? It only blocks UVB ray (sun’s good rays that provide vitamin D), not UVA which are the most free radical damaging rays.

- It is also a good idea to avoid sunscreens not labeled as “Broad Spectrum” or that have low SPF values between 2 and 14. While they help prevent sunburn, they do not help prevent skin cancer or early skin aging.
- Sprays: According to EWG these "pose an inhalation risk and may not provide a thick and even coating on skin.

What to Look for in a non-toxic effective sunscreen:


- zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These chemicals are stable in sunlight, offer protection from the two types of ultraviolet radiation – UVA and UVB – and don’t often contain potentially harmful additives.

- European sunscreens: According to EWG "Nearly every sunscreen sold in the U.S. claims to offer “broad spectrum” protection, which suggests they shield against harmful UVA rays. But many products are too weak to be sold in Europe, where standards are higher. In Europe, sunscreen makers can formulate their products with four chemicals that offer stronger protection from UVA rays. American manufacturers have been waiting for years for FDA approval to use these sunscreen ingredients." so if you are heading to Europe this summer: stock up!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Why Are There "Acceptable Levels" of Lead in Baby Food?



When we think about potential sources of lead exposure, we think about lead in water pipes or lead in chipping old paint.  No parent would ever think that a source of lead exposure could possibly be food... especially baby food. 

 However, a recent report published by the Environmental Defense Fund found just that:  about 20 percent of baby food samples tested over a decade-long period had detectable levels of lead.   

What!?

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Graco, Baby Trend, Cosco, Evenflo and Safety 1st: Stop Putting Toxic Chemicals in Our Children's Car Seats!




With the launch of the first ever flame retardant chemical free car seat this month, many parents sighed in relief at finally having the option to purchase a car seat for their little munchkins that would not expose their children to toxic chemicals. But, with a price tag of $350 many more parents signed in frustration at the reality that they would not be able to afford the high end Uppababy Mesa and would still have to choose from car seats that contain these toxic chemicals.

As a parent you can’t help but ask yourself: of one company was able to develop a flame retardant chemical-free car seat, while still adhering to all legal requirements, why have more companies not followed suit?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Make This Summer Your Summer of Non-Toxic Living

photo credit:  Green Science Policy Institute


Knowledge is power- so why not learn something this summer that will make your home a healthy place?  By now you are probably aware that there are many harmful chemicals that are common in consumer products and building materials.

But, did you know that you, alone, can do a lot to decrease the levels of harmful chemicals your family is exposed to at home? You just have to know what you are looking for and what to do. 

A great start (besides following @NonToxicMunchkin on Instagram and via the blog of course!)  is signing up for The Green Science Policy Institute's 3 FREE  hour-long webcast that will focus on Six Classes of chemicals of concern.  In the three courses you will learn more about where these chemicals are used, why they are harmful, and what can be done to reduce exposure.  

Monday, May 22, 2017

True or False: The Most Common Misconceptions, Questions and Hurdles In Non-Toxic Living Answered

Are you exhausted at trying to reduce your everyday chemical exposure?


No one said non-toxic living was going to be easy!  Today we explore some of the most common misconceptions, questions and hurdles most of my clients face when starting their journey into non-toxic living.

As always, Non-Toxic Munchkin is here to help!   If you ever have questions send them in via email or Instagram ( @nontoxicmunchkin ) and follow our blog (or follow us on Instagram, where we always post tips)


True or False: If its sold in stores in the is it must be safe

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Are Your Insulated Lunch Containers Exposing Your Kids to Lead?



A couple of months ago, news broke in the green bloggers blogosphere that a mom had found a "small dot" in their PURA insulated bottles that contained lead.   A lot of lead.  In fact, when lead advocate and blogger  Tamara Rubin was called in to measure the lead with her special XRF machine (this is the same machine we used to test the lead on our walls and windows two years ago.  You can read more about that experience here) the lead levels came back as  397,000ppm lead +/- 3,000 (note:  there is NO safe level of lead.  However Federal laws have set a limit of 90ppm in children's products... so 397,000 ppm is  A LOT).  

Concerned parents wondered: if Pura insulated bottles could expose my child to lead, should we definitely stop buing PURA products?