Tuesday, January 7, 2020

How to Choose a Prenatal Vitamin Without Lead, Pesticides nor Plasticizers: No Easy Feat


Photo by Camylla Battani on Unsplash



Millions of excepting women are told to take their prenatal vitamins every day during and after pregnancy.   

We trust our doctors/ friends/ favorite bloggers to advice us on the ‘best’ prenatal  but, how ‘clean’ and ‘non-toxic are these vitamins and who is regulating them?

No one. 

The vitamin industry is self regulated. In the US the FDA doesn’t review prenatal vitamins for safety and effectiveness before they go to market. The FDA relies on manufacturers to test their own products and only takes action if a dietary supplement is adulterated or misbranded once it’s on the shelves.

The ABC affiliate from Washington DC, WJLA, recently tested more than 220 brands of prenatal vitamins for  heavy metals including lead, pesticides and plasticizers like BPA, BPS and phthalates.

The Results were not great. 

Monday, December 23, 2019

2019 Holiday cookies: gluten free, nut free, artificial dye free and Amazingly tasty!


My son is gluten free and it is sometimes challenging to find a good recipe for Christmas cookies that is both gluten free and taste amazing- this recipe is - simply pit- amazing. The cookies came out perfectly crispy and just... amazing.

We used Bobs Red 1:1 gluten free flour and all organic ingredients.  

Of note: natural food coloring is not as ‘bright’ as artificial ( especially the red and blue) which I kind of love but worth noting! 

My Amazon shop has the food coloring and sprinkles that are artificial dye free! 

Happy Holidays! 


Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies (makes 1 dozen large cookies)
Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 10 mins

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

When your Favorite Lunchbox Contains Harmful Water Repellant Chemicals




Add our go-to favorite lunchbox Planetbox to the list of products that contain PFAS chemicals.

My heart almost stopped when I thoroughly read the description to their carry boxes on their website

 “ Inside fabric is polyester with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish for a convenient wipe down surface.”

By now, I know that “DWR”  almost always means that a member of the PFAS  Perfluorocarbons ) family has been used as a base for treating fabrics and making them repel moisture.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

2019: So Many New Car Seats Available Without Flame Retardant Chemicals!


Photo credit:  @kotuttle



Looking for a flame retardant free car seat? Finally after years of covering this topic I can say that you truly have a CHOICE.  

The Ecology Center, after 10 years of being the main independent source of chemical testing of car seats, today published a new report on the state of flame retardant chemicals in children’s car seats.  The main takeaway? Lots of progress.  Just 3 years ago in 2016, not a single toxic-free children’s car seat was available.   Today there are 16 toxic flame retardant-free car seat models available for purchase. 

Yes there is room for improvement in the market, but lots to celebrate too….

What's NEW in 2019

AMAZING NEWS!
FIVE manufacturers have introduced a total of 16 FR-free children’s car seats.

Friday, November 22, 2019

The Best Non-Toxic Gifts My Kids Have Received ...

Sarah W Olsen (Baeo Baby) , Suze Swope (Gurl Gone Green),  Anna Schafer (BAeo Baby), Dr. Zelana Montminy (Dr. Zelana) and Amy Ziff (Made Safe) tell me all about the best (non-toxic) gifts their kids have every received


You will undoubtedly run across numerous holiday gift guides this holiday season.  Every year I publish my own Non-Toxic Munchkin approved Holiday gift guide too.  This year, however, I thought I would do things a bit different.

I enlisted 5 mamas I trust, admire and genuinely like, to look at their kid's toys and favorite items and tell us which items have proven to be amazing, engaging, beloved and truly fun and which have stood the test of time.   

The idea?   Include gift ideas that are real-kid approved and loved,  and not necessarily items that an adult marketing executive or adult blogger think are cool and good gifts... which might often end up ignored, donated or thrown away.

As always, all of these items have been  researched by me and confirmed to be Non-Toxic Munchkin approved! 


So grateful to these special mamas for sharing these with all of me (and you!).  I can't tell you how these women influence my daily life with their posts, their work and, in some cases, their friendship!  If you are not familiar with their work make sure you look them up and give them a follow - they will undoubtedly add value to your life!   

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

2019 Mind The Store Campaign: What Retailers Are Taking Actions to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals




When you go shopping do you ever feel frustrated when trying to figure out if the products being sold will expose our families to harmful chemicals?  It still happens to me sometimes!

Why? Well I am all too aware that more than 40,000 chemicals are added to or used to make consumer products and food packaging; and  the majority have never been adequately tested for safety and many others are well studied and known  to threaten human health.

While the government ignores the importance of chemical safety, some good news:  some large retailers are stepping up and taking a stance against harmful chemicals.

According the most recent 'Who’s Minding the Store?  report card, which grades retailer actions to eliminate toxic chemicals, some major retailers are making slow but meaningful progress in improving the safety of the products and packaging they sell.

What is driving this slow, but important, shift in the market to stricter chemical restrictions in consumer products?

Monday, November 11, 2019

PFC / PFAS Free Winter Gear For Kids and Parents


The challenge:  to find PFAS  free winter gear for the family- from kids to adults.  

The reason:   the majority of winter gear companies  (as well as sleeping bags, tents and even lunch boxes like the carry cases for the beloved Planet Box lunch boxes) still use  Perfluorocarbons  (PFAS also called PFCs) in their "DWR (durable water repellent) base for treating their fabrics and making them repel moisture.

PFAS, or PFC chemicals are fluorinated compounds, which are linked to testicular and kidney cancer, thyroid disease, obesity, weakened immunity and other health problems.

"PFC-laced runoff from a DuPont's manufacturing plant was blamed for major birth defects and other health issues in Parkersburg, West Virginia.  The consequences of PFC bioaccumulation are so serious that 200 scientists signed the Madrid Statement to express concern over the continued production and release of PFCs."  (https://www.wired.com/2016/09/pfc-free-outdoors-gear/

Many companies have pledged to stop using PFAS/ PFC in the coming years, but many (I recently confirmed North Face, Gap and Patagonia models) are still using PFAS/PFC based DWR.