Guest Blogger

Rebecca Sutton Ph.D.

Rebecca Sutton Ph.D.

Dr. Sutton is a senior scientist in the California office of the Environmental Working Group, a research and advocacy organization that strives to protect children from exposure to toxic chemicals. She is an environmental chemist and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Sutton investigates hazardous chemicals in everyday items, including cleaning supplies, body care products, and even tap water. Her work has also documented the “body burden” of industrial contaminants in each of us. She provides parents and consumers with practical tips to reduce exposure to harmful substances hidden in our homes, schools, and places of work.

Prior to joining EWG, her research focused on computational studies of contaminant fate and transport, and soil carbon storage to moderate global warming. She has authored 10 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.

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Blog Posts by Rebecca Sutton Ph.D.

  • Borax: Is it really a safe and green alternative cleaner?

    Borax: Is it really a safe and green alternative cleaner?

    It’s tough to be the bearer of bad news, but we need to shine a light on a widely-held misconception when it comes to safer ways to clean your home. Borax is not a green cleaning ingredient, as many have been led to believe.

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  • Slimy Not Soft: Your Clothes on Fabric Softener

    Slimy Not Soft: Your Clothes on Fabric Softener

    Fabric softeners and dryer sheets, considered laundry room staples by many, are a relatively new invention. They were designed to make our clothes feel a little softer and less staticky – and to line the cleaning products industry’s pockets, to the tune of millions to billions of dollars each year. Most fabric softeners also coat […]

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  • Our not-so-fresh conclusion about air fresheners

    Our not-so-fresh conclusion about air fresheners

    A quick spritz of air freshener may seem like the perfect quick fix for funky odors from the diaper pail or the bathroom. Unfortunately, that pleasing smell is just more indoor air pollution.

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  • Antibacterial Wipes: Ubiquitous but Not Safe

    Antibacterial Wipes: Ubiquitous but Not Safe

    It seems like that handy canister of antibacterial cleaning wipes is everywhere these days. Grocery stores dispense them for dabbing at the handle of your cart, gyms park them conveniently for wiping down exercise equipment. Many schools hand them out so kids can scrub their desks and even include them on back-to-school supply lists.

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  • How Green is your Childcare?

    How Green is your Childcare?

    As parents, we consider many factors when selecting a childcare situation for our children – among them cost, convenience, philosophy, hours and the ratio of caregivers to kids. But how many of us give a thought to environmental health? We should, because young children’s developing bodies are very susceptible to chemical exposures.

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  • Green those School Supplies!

    Green those School Supplies!

    At the end of every summer, most parents buy back-to-school supplies. It’s a ritual – and more and more parents are greening the process by asking how to pick the safest – and greenest – options.

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  • School lunch: More Fruits & Veggies, Please!

    School lunch: More Fruits & Veggies, Please!

    Whether your child eats the school lunch or your own hand-packed version, there’s a chance she might not be getting enough fruits and veggies. U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics show that American adults and teens are chronic under-eaters when it comes to produce. And while we likely do a better job with our little ones, […]

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  • Help your Kids’ School Clean Greener

    Help your Kids’ School Clean Greener

    Yesterday, I wrote about a recent Environmental Working Group study of school cleaners and indoor air pollution that revealed how many toxic pollutants are emitted into classroom air by traditional cleaning supplies.

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  • Cleaning at School may Dirty your Child’s Classroom Air

    Cleaning at School may Dirty your Child’s Classroom Air

    As most parents know, childhood asthma is on the rise. In fact, 1 in 10 American kids now develops this chronic health condition during childhood. If your child is fortunate enough to be asthma-free, chances are she or he has at least one school or daycare buddy with the disease.

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