Wednesday, March 20, 2019

ORGANIC VS CONVENTIONAL: EWG'S 2019 SHOPPER'S GUIDE TO PESTICIDES IN PRODUCE

Every year, The Environmental Working group publishes their 'Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce'.  They publish two lists.  One list, the Dirty Dozen, lists the fruits and vegetables that absorb the highest levels of pesticides, and which they highly recommend you buy organic. The second list, 'The Clean 15" lists the 'cleanest' fruits and vegetables; where few, if any, pesticide residues were detected and which you can feel comfortable buying conventional.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Eco Mama Muse: Amy Ziff : Helping You Source Products Made With Safe Ingredients


I am so excited to launch a new series  which I am calling "ECO MAMA MUSE".   In it, I hope to turn the spotlight on rockstar mamas who are working hard to make non-toxic living easier for parents like you and me.  My first every Eco Mama Muse is a woman I admire SO much and that I know you will love too: Amy Ziff . 


Amy, like so many of us, deepened her non-toxic journey after becoming a mom. Her twins were allergic to everything ( creams, lotions, diapers, breast pillows etc)
 and so she did what most of us moms do when we become new moms: she started researching and she learned- what by now many of you that follow Non-toxic Munchkin might already know- that the hundreds of products in our homes that we use every day—from baby balm to beauty creams, kitchen accessories to furniture—can contain toxic chemicals that can affect our family’s health. Furthermore she realized our government was failing at protecting us and that it was really, really, really hard to know which products are truly safe from which are not.

What did Amy do?


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

LA Brands Making Non-toxic Living Easier for parents



Raising a non-toxic munchkin can be hard- especially when it comes to sourcing truly non-toxic, fun, stylish and useful essentials for our kiddos.  

In this month’s issue of @laparentmag I was able to interview and feature 4 pretty awesome new brands that are all led by LA based women -  women who are making raising non-toxic munchkins a bit easier for us parents.  

Head over to LA Parent for the full story- and thanks to @baeobaby , @tokimats @itsbambamboom  and @berukids and @laparentmag !! 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Why Ingredients Detergents Matter and My Review of Branch Basics System (and a giveaway)

The Owners of Branch Basics who recently reformulated and relaunched their non-toxic cleaning brand:  but does it work?

I am still always slightly taken a back when I look at a client's laundry room and find a .... well an arsenal, of different products. Products with strong fragrances that linger well beyond the moment you clean and with suspiciously absent ingredient lists- what is in there?

As a category, cleaning products are one of the biggest sources of chemical exposure in our homes. So very ironic, considering that we trust these products to clean our homes, and yet many of them actually leave behind some pretty potentially ‘dirty’ (ie: harmful ) chemicals.

What do I use to clean my home with?


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Do I Have To Buy Organic Pjs?


Baby its (still ) cold outside!  And cozy pajamas feel like such a good idea.... but you might have hear these could  expose your kids to flame retardant chemicals?  IS that still the case?  What pjs should you buy your kids?

The law: In the US, pajamas for kids age 9 months through size 14 must be flame resistant or fit snugly. (Pajamas for younger babies do not have to be flame resistant)

In stores: The good news is that most well known companies are no longer using toxic flame retardant chemicals on their pjs. How are they meeting the federal regulations?
  1.   Most loose fitting pjs are now made of 100% polyester that is inherently flame resistant (needs no added chemicals)  
  2. Cotton made pajamas are kept 'snug fitting' and thus do not have to contain the chemicals. (these will have a yellow tag warning that they are not flame resistant and must be worn snug). 
The question that might be on your mind: Does this mean  I don't have to buy organic pjs for my kids?

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Children's Fruit Juice a Worrisome Source of Heavy Metals Like Lead, Arsenic and Cadmium



photo credit:  Motts

Do your kids drink fruit juice?   If you do you are not alone; the great majority of parents in the US still give their children, ages three and under, fruit juices at least once a day.   Did you know that fruit juice is not really healthy?   Parents that know this usually cite the fact that it is packed with sugar and has been linked to the increasing obesity crisis in the US.  What many parents don't realize is that fruit juice, in the past, has been found to be a source of arsenic - a harmful heavy metal.   

Now, a new study by Consumer Reports has once again tested fruit juices and found many popular brands containing potentially harmful levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Non-Toxic Survival Guide for Rainy Days with (active) Kids



I know its supposed to be "April Showers bring May Flowers"  but here in Los Angeles we have been receiving  A LOT of rain this week (January!).

   As in Every. Single. Day. I personally love a good rainy day, especially when its cold too, but after about a week of non stop downpours with two very active boys I am ready for a break.

The good news?   Inspiration! Here is my  non-toxic, nature centric, survivor guide for rainy days with (active) kids.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Are You Flossing With PFAS Chemicals?

photo credit:  @thislittlemercy

If you use certain popular brands of dental floss you might be flossing with PFAS chemicals - the same chemical family of the very toxic and infamous 'Teflon chemicals' 

A new study by the Silent Spring Institute  , published this week in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology, has found that dental floss is a source of toxic PFAS exposure in humans

What are PfAS chemicals?

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Does A Flame Retardant Ban in San Francisco Mean Safer Furniture and Kids Items For You Too?


photo credit:  Charlie and Marlow



Residents of San Francisco (and maybe the rest of the country soon too?) can now worry less about exposing themselves and their children to extremely toxic flame retardant chemicals. This is because their city, as of January 1, 2019, has banned the sale of  (most) furniture and baby/children’s products made for residential use that contain or are made with a flame retardant chemical at a level above 1,000 parts per million.


What specific items are included in the new ordinance?
  • new upholstered furniture.  This is defined as : made with soft materials including fabric , padding, decking, barrier material, foam,  
  • old reupholstered furniture who’s foam has been replaced 

Beyond  upholstered furniture, the ban also includes juvenile products meant for residential use.  This includes, but is not limited to:   

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

19 Non-Toxic Living Tips for 2019





Want to live a healthier less toxic life, but don't know where to start? Here at Non-Toxic Munchkin my philosophy is simple:  small changes = big impact. 

 Any change you can make at home to decrease your exposure to any one chemical will have a big impact on you and your family's health.  With that in mind, here are 19 easy changes to make in 2019. 

 So, go ahead, print them out, place them on your fridge and start incorporating them into your daily routine!