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!