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  • Cheatsheet: 14 Skincare Ingredients to Always Avoid

    Skincare Toxins to Know & Avoid We are swimming in chemicals, many that are known to negatively effect our bodies. So much so that now a newborn baby born in North America has over 100 known or suspected toxins already in his body at birth. Many of these chemicals can cause profound and lasting effect…
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  • Greener Sex: Birth control, sex toys, & lubricants made better for you & the environment

    Tips and resources for healthier and more environmentally responsible birth control, sex toys, and lubricants. There are number of things that can be done to green-up sex itself. From using products such as condoms and lubricants that are healthy on the body, not made of estrogen-releasing plastics, and are gentle on the environment to avoiding birth control that routinely exposes your body and our waterways to persistent doses of estrogen.

  • Violetas: A toxic cultural tradition

    Violets are Blue 1 (CI42090) If you are Cuban, and old enough to read this, you have smelled like “Violetas.” You were doused in it from the moment that you came from the hospital, wearing red booties to ward off the “evil eye.” The only time you weren’t smelling of violets, is when you were…
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  • Neitra Body Botanicals

    “A beautiful, safe, healthy product with options for baby, teens, mama, papa, and even the dog.”

  • 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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  • Summer Sun Safety

    Summer is here in the northern hemisphere! Chicago had its first string of hot days – the lakefront path is crowded, kids are playing in the water and the air smells of sunscreen and B.B.Q’s.  With the sun shining down and the urge to take off all but my bottom layers, comes the inevitable question – Should I put on sunscreen today or not?

  • Beauty & the Beast: The deadly side of beauty products

    It was a gift.  The perfect little blue and white bottle of “Gentle! For Bebe!” baby shampoo in its foam pump bottle.  I used it on my baby for two years before I thought to check if it was safe.  It was French, I thought, it certainly wouldn’t contain known carcinogens, neurotoxins, and allergens. But, it did.

    Start counting now. How many personal care (or beauty products) have you used already today?

  • CPSIA: Don't Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water!

    Toys have become a nightmare for many parents: 80% of the toys in this country are made in China and the toy recalls have shown how very little oversight ever goes into toys imported into this country.

  • Save Small Businesses From the CPSIA

    Small, green businesses that make children’s products are facing their doom.   The Consumer Product Safety Imporvement Act will go into effect on February 10, 2009.  This act provides an important service regulating lead and phthalates in children’s products.  However, the law will unecessarily punish small, green businesses and put an end to many of the healthiest, safest chi

  • What you can learn from the plastic recycling codes

    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