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