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  • Toxins and your child’s brain: do little things matter?

    Watch this amazing video to feel as smart as the best scientist in less than 5 minutes. Do little things matter when it comes to your child’s brain? When I say little–I mean so tiny we couldn’t see with a human eye, on drop in a swimming pool type exposures? The unfortunate answer is YES…
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  • Better Plastics

    Is your water bottle killing you?  First, came the news about the toxic baby bottles and, then, Nalgene and Camelbak and all of my once favorite sports bottle companies phased out their polycarbonate lines (all the while denying their products have anything wrong with them).  Then, everyone came out with BPA-free plastics. And, while researching…
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  • Feeding Baby Better 101 (& Avoiding Toxic Bottles)

    BACKGROUND ON THE ISSUE Much of what is at stake with feeding baby goes back to the discussion on toxic plastics.  Quite a fervor was caused when the group Environment California released a recent report entitled, “Toxic Baby Bottles” which showed that bisphenol-A (BPA) was leaching from baby bottles. And not just some baby bottles,…
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  • Considering the Cause – New Report on Cancer

    If we use chemicals that are known or suspected carcinogens in our daily lives (e.g. consumer products, food we eat, etc.) we are increasing our risk for developing cancer.

  • Chicago leads American cities, bans BPA in baby products

    Chicago has made a stand for children (and green parents). Today, March 13th, Chicago became the first American city to ban BPA from products geared toward children 3 and under. The City of Chicago’s action follows similar leadership by the state of Minnesota, and the county of Suffolk in New York.

  • Is your plastic water bottle killing you?

    Well, it depends on who you ask. Nalgene, probably the best known maker of the hard, plastic water bottles that adults use, says “Of course not!” but they are still phasing out their polycarbonate lines. (Polycarbonate is that rigid, clear plastic that almost all of their bottles were made of.) Nalgene, along with many other bottle companies, are phasing out polycarbonates due to consumer pressure around Bisphenol A (BPA).

  • Canada: Just like us only with better baby bottles

    Earlier this summer, my family and I went to British Columbia, Canada, for our annual pilgrimage to this tiny island where we got married. My personal theory on Canada is that it is just like the Midwest, only with fewer people and, in the case of B.C., better views. It turns out, however, that Canada also has one other great difference, they have better baby bottles.

  • What you can learn from the plastic recycling codes

    THE CHEMICALS IN PLASTICS: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY
    Bisphenol A (BPA) mimics the hormone estrogen and may interfere with ovulation and
    reproduction as well as brain-cell development. 
     
    Where do you find it: BPA is a plasticizer that is found in (and leaches out of) products
    such as polycarbonate water bottles, baby bottles, canned soups, beans, and other
    foods as well as softdrinks. Nearly all can liners contain BPA.  Regular use, such as