Caddy of cleaning supplies
    December 6, 2014
    Cleaning Supplies: are they really clean?

    [caption id="attachment_49980" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by Collin Anderson[/caption]   Low-dose exposure to chemicals in even one product can have lasting damage to our bodies. The re…

    Refrigerator Storage
    November 17, 2014
    From Bakeware to Blenders — Getting the Plastic Out of the Kitchen

    As I wrote yesterday, it's impossible for us to know which plastics are absolutely safe to eat or drink from because plastics manufacturers do not disclose the chemicals added to their plastic product…

    Are There Any Safe Plastics
    November 12, 2014
    Are There Any Safe Plastics?

    Which plastics are safe to eat or drink from? Or to give our children? If you Google “which plastics are safe?”, you’ll find lots of articles on the Internet explaining the resin identification …

    November 11, 2014
    Top 10 Tips to Reduce Your Plastic Footprint

    Why should we reduce our plastic use? Isn’t that what recycling is for? Actually, recycling is the last of the 3 R’s -- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – because it’s meant to be the last step, a way t…

    Photo by Beth Terry. Kahuku Point, the northern most tip of Oahu, on Coastal Cleanup Day, September, 2013.

Plastic continuously washes ashore from out in the ocean because of the nature of the currents. Cleaning it up is a Sisyphean task.
    November 10, 2014
    Why Go Plastic-Free?

    Photo by Beth Terry. Kahuku Point, the northern most tip of Oahu, on Coastal Cleanup Day, September, 2013. Plastic continuously washes ashore from out in the ocean because of the nature of the curr…

    Young girl sits on a sofa in a furniture store.
    September 3, 2014
    The Questionable Safety of Replacement Fire Retardants

    [caption id="attachment_48927" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by Kevin Utting.[/caption]   Several years ago, a class of fire retardant chemicals known as PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl …

    Photo by Kelly Taylor
    September 2, 2014
    EWG-Duke Study Finds Children Have Higher Exposures to Toxic Fire Retardants

    [caption id="attachment_49058" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by Kelly Taylor[/caption]   When fire retardants known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, were pulled off the U.S. ma…

    Toddler sitting in a sand, pouring sand into a pail
    July 17, 2014
    The Polluted Playground – Keeping Kids Safe in a Toxic World

    From the food our families eat, to the sand our kids play in we are surrounded by pesticides, chemicals, genetically modified food, and environmental pollutants. Part of protecting our families is sim…

    I Was Wrong About the Environment
    May 3, 2014
    I Was Wrong about the Environment

    Time and again the magic begins the same way. Sperm and egg come together to create an absolutely unique cell. Then this cell divides to create two identical cells., These cells divide, and divide aga…

    How Safe is your Water
    April 23, 2014
    How Safe is your Water?

    What would you do if you woke up one morning and the water coming from your tap was poisoned? You wouldn’t be able to drink, cook or bathe in it. That was the reality for over 100,000 families in We…

    Pediatricians vs Chemical Industry
    December 13, 2013
    Pediatricians vs. Chemical Industry

    Who should Congress listen to as they craft laws to regulate toxic chemicals? There is nothing more important than protecting our children’s health. The majority of parents know that when it comes d…

    protect your family from toxic chemicals
    December 12, 2013
    Retailers Taking Action to Protect your Family from Toxic Chemicals

    For many of us, we feel the frustration of trying to find safe, non-toxic products while we’re standing in the aisle of a major retail chain. Looking up and down the aisle, I will turn over a laundr…

    safe and healthy environments
    December 11, 2013
    Creating safe and healthy environments

    When you think about the word “environment”, what comes to mind? Yosemite National Park, swimming in a lake in northern Wisconsin, or a field of roaming bison? For most people we think of the natu…

    childrens health problems
    December 10, 2013
    Are Children’s Health Problems the new “Normal?”

    Childhood cancers like leukemia and brain cancer have gone up 20% in the last 40 years. Puberty is starting earlier than it did in the past. Learning disabilities and autism have grown exponentially i…

    picking up the phone
    December 9, 2013
    Moms, Aunts and Grandmas are Picking up the Phone

    Today thousands of people are coming together to make a call. They won’t be calling their partner, doctor or friends. They’re calling Congress. If you just rolled your eyes at the thought of calli…

    September 12, 2013
    Childhood Diseases: What You Can Do to Change The Odds in Your Child’s Favor

    When I was a kid, none of my peers had type 2 diabetes. I didn't know anyone with a life-threatening peanut allergy. The label ADHD was rarely used. Today more kids will live with a chronic medical co…

    5 Ways to Use Coconut Oil with Your Kids
    April 2, 2013
    5 Ways to Use Coconut Oil with Your Kids

    Coconut oil is a wonder food that has so many amazing uses. I’m constantly discovering a new way to use it. We use it for cooking, skincare, first aid and more. The reason we incorporate coconut oil…

    5 Ingredients to Avoid in Your Kids’ Bath & Body Products
    April 1, 2013
    5 Ingredients to Avoid in Your Kids’ Bath & Body Products

    Most parents are keenly aware that we need to encourage our children to eat a healthful diet. We want our children to be nourished, healthy and happy. Did you know that 60% of what you put on your ski…

    Is Organic Food Really Different?
    March 7, 2013
    Is Organic Food Really Different?

    A 2012 analysis estimates that today’s children age 0-5 in the US have lost more than 16 million IQ points from exposure to organophosphate pesticides. They’re exposed to these pesticides almost e…

    How People Got Pepsi to Change its Mind: A Recipe
    February 5, 2013
    How People Got Pepsi to Change its Mind: A Recipe

    The last chapter of this story starts with one 15-year-old girl named Sarah Kavanagh, a vegetarian who had gotten into the habit of reading foods labels to be sure there weren’t any hidden animal pr…