Friday, September 27, 2019

Upholstered Furniture Buying Guide

Our family sofa is pretty much the heart of our home.  It is the first place my kids gravitate too as soon as they wake up (we get up pretty early during school days and they tumble out of bed downstairs and straight to lie on the sofa), it is the place we cuddle  as a family on movie nights or, often, to do our after school reading and even bedtime reading.   It has hosted naps, playtime gymnastics/ ‘par core sessions’- and countless chill out sessions.  

We recently went through the process of purchasing a new sofa for our, more formal, living room.  Once again I was reminded that furniture buying is no longer as simple as choosing a style and fabric combo.   You have to ask questions- you have to know what questions to ask to make sure that the sofa you are bringing home is not full of well known harmful toxins.  

And so, my upholstery furniture buying guide. 

But first,  you might be asking yourself "What “harmful chemicals”  can be in my sofa?"
Unbeknownst to many, some of the most well studied  and harmful chemicals are often found in sofas and other upholstered furniture. 

Fabric, insert materials, glues, fabric treatments  and more can emit known harmful chemicals into the air that you breaths. 

What follows is a brief furniture buying guide that will include:

1.  A list of chemicals that are commonly found in upholstered furniture
2. A brief description of why these chemicals  are harmful
3.  How to identify if a piece of furniture contains these toxins  
4.  What specifically to ask the manufacturers to make sure your new furniture does not contain these chemicals.

Monday, September 23, 2019

EPA and Chemical Companies New of Harmful Effects of New 'Safer' PFAS- So Why Are These Chemicals in our Homes and Baby Gear?

Strollers, upholstered furniture, rugs and winter coats. What do they all have in common?

Most of the companies that make these products apply PFAS chemicals in order to achieve water and stain repellant properties.

While the two best known PFAS chemicals ( PFOA and PFOS infamously of Teflon pans) were found to be so harmful that the manufacturers voluntarily agreed to phasing them out in the US, there are hundreds ( yes hundreds) of new chemicals that are in the same PFAS family currently being used.  When we talk about a chemical "family"  we refer to chemicals that are very similarly structured and that,  thus, tend to act in very similar ways.  In the case of the PFAS family- most chemicals in this family can create the same water and stain repellant properties but they are also bioaccumulative (they never break down or take very long to break down) and equally bad for our health.   

Monday, September 16, 2019

Play. Taste. Smell. Why You Should Make Your Own Play Dough (it so easy!)

Today, over at Instagram (@nontoxicmunchkin) , I am talking about art supplies and offering tips on how to make sure that the art supplies you buy your little one are in fact safe and non-toxic.

For the youngest munchkins, who like to taste and explore by placing things in their mouths, using edible ingredients and completely natural ingredients is always the safest option.

One of the easiest art product to make - with completely edible ingredients you probably already have at home, is play dough.  

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

$10 off Branch Basics

Congratulations to Branch Basics which has received Made Safe Certification!
Made Safe is the most stringent certification process currently available: basically when a company or product is Made Safe certified you know it is non-toxic and safe for the whole family.

To read my full review on Branch Basics check out my post from earlier this year!

If you are curious and want to try Branch Basics here is a code for $10 off your purchase!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Are cell phones as safe as regulators and manufacturers say they are? Could the levels of radiofrequency radiation be higher than reported and thus pose a potential danger to humans; especially to children and pregnant women?

The Chicago Tribune just published their findings of an investigation they did where they tested 11 popular smart phone models ( using a FCC accredited lab) and what they found is disturbing

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Fluoride Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Lowered Baby IQ

Fluoride. It helps prevent tooth decay and cavities. In fact, it can be so effective in oral health that the US started adding fluoride to public drinking water in the 1940s. Toothpastes contain fluoride and dentists insist on its importance in fighting cavities for children and adults alike.

However, for some time now, there has been talk (and research) showing that fluoride is a potential neurotoxin. Additionally, some animal research, has found potential side effects, including bone cancer in addition to cognitive impairment.

Because of the recent controversy over the safety of fluoride, in the last 20 years about 300 communities in the US have ended fluoridation programs in municipal drink water sources, but 66% of Americans still have fluoride in their drinking water.

While our federal agencies still insist it is safe, levels of fluoride in our drinking water have been decreased in recent years. A couple of years ago the US government agreed that the levels of fluoride added to drinking water were no longer considered safe and thus lowered them from 1 ppm to 0.7 ppm. Now, the question remains if .7ppm is still too high.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Consumer Reports Article: How to Eat Less Plastic

I spoke about this must read  from Consumer Reports today online and so I thought I would include a link here for you to find it and read it.  Among the highlights:

"But what many people don't know is that we're doing more than just using plastic. We're ingesting it, too. When you eat a bite of food or even have a sip of water, you're almost certainly taking in tiny plastic particles along with it. These ubiquitous fragments are known as microplastics.

Because research into microplastics is so new, there’s not yet enough data to say exactly how they’re affecting human health, says Jodi Flaws, Ph.D., a professor of comparative biosciences and associate director of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Toxicology Program at the University of Illinois.
But “there cannot be no effect,” says Pete Myers, Ph.D., founder and chief scientist of the nonprofit Environmental Health Sciences and an adjunct professor of chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University"
"These chemicals have been linked to a variety of health problems, including reproductive harm and obesity, plus issues like organ problems and developmental delays in children."

6 Tips to Reduce your Exposure to plastic: