Friday, May 17, 2019

Target's Non-Toxic May 2019 Must Haves


I am always getting asked about what I buy at Target.  Full disclosure: I am one of those people that arrives at Target with ONE thing on my list to buy and walks out with a cart full of stuff... its sucks me in, and I love it!!!

I am please to say that, while Target is in no way shape or form a non-toxic living emporium, they do have an increasing presence of legitimately safe and non-toxic products.  From skin care, beauty, toys and home goods- each time I go I feel like I find new safe, Non-Toxic Munchkin approved, goodies.


This is my list of my May 2019 Non-Toxic Munchkin Approved Target products - scroll down and you will find :  Beauty/ cosmetics, Personal Care for Adults, baby & child bath time, diapering, feeding, organic clothing, nursery/kids room/adult room, kitchen and summer! 


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Most common misconceptions, questions & hurdles in non-toxic living answered



Non-toxic living can be tricky- dare I say exhausting at time.

I had the opportunity to write a blog post for @baeobaby with some of the most common questions I get on non-toxic living

Questions like
  1. If its sold in stores in the US it must be approved and safe, right?
  2. If a product claims to be "all natural" or "green" or "pure"  or "safe for babies sensitive skin" and even "organic" it is the same as non-toxic and is it safe to use?
  3. Is eating organic enough?
  4. True or False: If the company has a foundation that helps raise money for breast cancer can I trust that their products definitely do not have chemicals linked to breast cancer?

And so many more! 

Head over to the Baeo Baby blog  to read the answers to these questions and so much more! 

🌟🌟What are other common non-toxic living questions you have??

Friday, May 10, 2019

#EcoMamaMuse: Mayumi Recker, Founder of Mogi Mogi Baby

Mayumi Recker is the Founder of Mogi Mogi Baby


Eco Mama Muse is a series where I get to spotlight mama warriors that are truly making it easier for all of us to raise non-toxic munchkins.  

Meet Mayumi.  Mayumi Recker knows how hard it is for a mom to have a child with extra sensitive skin- that feeling of despair when you want to help with all of your heart but also don't want to expose them to harsh chemicals/ medicines that can have harmful side effects and not really knowing what the cause of the sensitivity is nor what other options- if any- there are.  

 Mayumi had just given birth to her first son when he developed eczema.   At the time she was told by her doctors to use steroids on her newborn.  Wary of unwanted side-effects, she felt strongly that she wanted to avoid the harsh steroids and find  a natural remedy that would be effective but also gentle enough to use everyday.  She was a mom on a mission.

After talking to more doctors in the US and Japan, and researching and testing  Mayumi finally found a natural and organic solution that worked on her son; and so the Mogi Mogi bath pack was created

What is Mogi Mogi and why does it work so well? 

Monday, May 6, 2019

How to Protect Your Children from Lead in Jewelry if the Government Doesnt

photo credit:  Under the Ever Green



Did you know that the US federal government has no limits on lead and cadmium in jewelry designed for children & adults  12 years of age and over? 

According to the US  Department of Public Health, however,  leaded jewelry is a common cause of lead poisoning in children.  The American Academy of pediatrics has stated that there are no safe level of lead exposure in children, since even small levels of exposure can result in lasting decreases in cognition.

Lead and cadmium are not the only dangers in play jewelry- in the past lead, cadmium, arsenic, chlorine, PVC, bromine, chromium, nickel and mercury ( all of which have been linked to  health issues like cancer, liver toxicity, impaired learning, birth defects, allergies etc) have all been found in jewelry; many marketed to kids.

Why are heavy metals in jewelry a big concern- even if its jewelry designed for older kids?

Monday, April 29, 2019

Phthlates Linked to Increased Infertility



A new study looked at 600 couples in an IVF clinic  and found an association between phthalate exposure in both men and women and an increased risk of failed clinical pregnancy and live birth.

What are phthlates?
Phthalates are used to bind fragrance chemicals to products and are also common plasticizers found in many everyday products including cosmetics, food, toys and construction materials.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Instagram Live with Dr. Organic Mommy: In Home Testing for Chemicals




Last week I had the opportunity to visit Natasha from Dr Organic Mommy and taped an Instagram Live, where we covered some of our favorite home testing kits to test for toxins.  As we discussed in the Live,  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.


TESTING FOR LEAD 

Friday, March 29, 2019

Wood Furniture Buying Guide



Its been three years (!) since I last updated my furniture buying guide- so I figured it was time for an update!

I love wooden:  for toys, for flooring and of course for furniture. I think that, when chosen properly, it is the safest least toxic alternative especially for cribs and beds. However, it is important  to understand that not all wood furniture is created equally.  It is important to understand the differences in wood types and  to ask these questions before making your next (wood) furniture purchase


1. Is it real solid wood?

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!