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  • How to find a safe mattress?

    Thank you Chris for being such a thoughtful green papa. I can relate to the difficult leap from going from a crib (or co-sleeper) sized mattress to a child (i.e. adult) size one and the corresponding price jump. In my experience, it is possible to find a truly natural (READ: nontoxic) crib mattress for around…
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  • The ABCs of Some Common Household Toxins

    Formaldehyde Formaldehyde is a smelly, colourless, flammable gas classified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the IARC. It is known to cause cancer in humans and animals. It can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, and trigger asthma. Formaldehyde emissions generally decrease over time (i.e. off-gas), but it can take seven years just to reach…
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  • Melamine: Is it what's for dinner?

    Remember melamine?  That was the substance found in the baby formula that resulted in over 54,000 children becoming sick and some dying and was also the substance that was found to be at fault in the 2007 pet food scandal.  (The pet food scandal entered the domestic food chain as chickens and pigs fed melamine ended up in the American food chain.) 

    What is Melamine?