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?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Honest Company Issues Recall

Honest Company wipes have been  recalled.  The company sent out a notification to all its clients informing them that some of their wipes might have mold.  

Why are they being recalled?

Per the company statement:
Certain lots of these Wipes are being voluntarily recalled due to the possible presence of mold. We believe the affected product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences, however, impacted wipes do have a spotted discoloration and the aesthetics are unacceptable. Out of an abundance of caution, The Honest Company has decided to voluntarily recall certain lots of this product.

Which Wipes are affected by the recall?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

How to Keep The Season's Yummiest Fruits and Veggies Fresh, Crisp and Mold Free

This is my favorite foody time of the year.  Its that time when my favorite fruits and veggies are widely available, which means I can buy peaches, pluots, nectarines, strawberries and carrots and celery all locally at my local farmers market and know they are going to taste a-ma-zing.

The only thing that sometimes proves to be a challenge is if I buy a large amount of fruits and veggies and they don't get eaten up in under 4 days..... because mold many times can start growing or the veggies can get 'soggy'.   But two easy tips help lengthen the time that fruits and veggies stay fresh at home - which means the family has more time to enjoy the yummy produce of the spring and summer and we save more money when we don't have to throw out organic produce!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Is Your Organic Milk Really Organic? Which Brands Can You Trust and Which Should You Avoid?

is that milk really organic?

We know it is important to choose organic dairy products, meats and some fruits and vegetables.   As cautious consumers we are told to always look for the official USDA's certified organic seal to ensure quality and ensure we are indeed buying an organic product.  As parents, we are whiling to pay more for certified organic products (sometimes double the price) because we trust the seal and because we know that it means we are not exposing our children to added pesticides, hormones etc.

 However, a recent investigation from the Washington Post uncovered some troubling realities and major failures in the US organic market.