Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Regrettable Substitution: What the EPA has found about Teflon's Replacements

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its  toxicity assessments of two  widely popular chemicals: GenX and PFBS.  While they might not be household names, these two chemicals have slowly made their way into many US households as they have become the two go-to replacement chemicals for PFOA and PFOS aka the original Teflon chemicals.   

PFOA and PFOS were forced off the market due to their environment persistence and links to serious health issues including kidney and testicular cancer, immune system dysfunction, developmental and reproductive harm, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, and liver damage.  After 2015, when PFOA was officially phased out in the US (PFOS was phased out prior), the chemical companies that produced these widely popular chemicals  quickly found 2 new replacement chemicals that achieved the desired nonstick, water proofing and grease proofing effects:  Gen X technology and PFBS.  While Gen X and PFBS were quickly put into circulation, none were  adequately tested for safety before being put on the market, because this is not required by the federal government.

Friday, November 16, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide For Your Non-Toxic Munchkins!

This year's Non-Toxic Munchkin Holiday Gift List is aimed at helping you source fun, stylish, playful gifts your kiddos will love and play with all year round and which, of course, will not expose them to nasty harmful chemicals.  Non-Toxic Holiday Shopping without the added stress?  YES PLEASE!

Most of the items in this list are in my Amazon Shop, under 'Holiday Gift Guide' too!

for the builder

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Apple, Target & Walmart Scored a's but why did Nordstroms, Starbucks and Trader Joes Score Fs? What are Your Favorite Stores Doing to Protect You From Chemicals?

Wondering if you favorite stores  are taking any action to protect you from toxic chemicals?

Today, the third annual Who’s Minding the Store? report card was published and in it they ranks 40 top retailers on their actions on toxic chemicals and sustainability.  The companies selected for evaluation were among the top forty North American retailers by sales or commanded the largest market share in one of twelve major retail sectors… in other words we all shop at, at least some, of these retailers. 

Why Do We need Retailers to Protect Consumers from Toxic Chemicals?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

With Wildfires Becoming the 'New Normal' How to Protect Your Indoor Air

credit:  @alealexkruk

Take a deep breathe.  It is not very often that we stop to think about what we are breathing in, yet we do it over 20,000 times every day.  The reality is that the air we breathe is not always as pure as we would like to think it is.  Usually, the air is full of pollution, fragrances, cleaning products, paints, allergens, dust, pollen, mold spores, and, as is the case this particular week in California where I live, smoke from wildfires,  as well as a long list of other stuff that can actually affect our health and our young children's health in both the short term or long term.  

There are various reasons someone might consider buying a portable air purifier at home.
  1. If you live in an area where air quality/pollution is an issue(more on that below).  
  2. If you or someone in your home frequently works  with certain art materials (paints, glazes etc) which give off dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOC's)
  3. if you live near an agricultural area where pesticides are often sprayed
  4. if you are remodeling or are moving into a recently built home
  5. mold problems
  6. Allergy sufferers (seasonal, pets, cigarette smoke etc)

Because this week in Southern California, so many communities have been facing serious, life threatening, wildfires I want to specifically talk about how these wildfires can affect the air that everyone, both near and far, breathes in.