Eight years ago, I sat down with my infant daughter* in one hand and a pen in the other, and wrote a note designed to be read by my three children when they were old enough to become parents. That barely-decipherable scribble became a book full of notes about pregnancy and parenting. Eventually, those notes became a manuscript. And now, that manuscript has become a pregnancy book: The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond. You can click here to read it for free or order a hard copy, or win a copy by entering below! [Read more…]
Toxic shock syndrome didn’t go away when they started putting warning labels on tampon boxes. That’s the point that model Lauren Wasser is trying to make with a lawsuit against Kotex and a probable Capitol Hill speaking engagement this fall, as Congress considers the Robin Danielson Act, which would regulate toxic chemicals in feminine hygiene products. In 1998, Danielson lost her life to toxic shock syndrome. In 2012, Wasser lost her leg. [Read more…]
Natural deodorant. It’s still the sticking point—pun intended—for so many. We shift our skincare and cosmetics, but we’re still treating our underarms to a toxic soup of potentially carcinogenic chemicals. But a new company now offers the best of both worlds: non-sticky, non-staining natural deodorants that neutralize odors without toxic chemicals. From the minute I tried these natural deodorants, I knew they were different. And now Via Nature is giving away natural deodorant so you can try it, too! [Read more…]
Last week, the World Health Organization classified the insecticide lindane as carcinogenic to humans, linked to testicular and liver cancers, among others. According to studies, exposure to lindane can increase the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 60%. Why is this important? Lindane is in something that if you’re a parent, you might just have in your cupboard.
Lead paint has been banned for household use in the U.S. since 1978 because the additive is a debilitating neurotoxin. But American companies Sherwin-Williams (Dutch Boy) and PPG (Glidden) still manufacture lead paint for export to more than 50 countries where there are no lead paint regulations. Yes, really.
You know about my friends, my dirty car, my favorite brand of natural hair color and the night cream that rescued me from old-lady skin, but I know virtually nothing about you! And in an effort to serve up content that suits you better, there are some burning questions that I just have to ask. Will you please take my super-quick survey? Can I entice you with the chance of winning one of FOUR $67 antioxidant-rich Weleda Sea Buckthorn Body Care gift sets I have to give away? [Read more…]
Bittersweet victory: Last week, the House broke a four-decade legacy of inaction by voting to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act through H.R. 2576 the “TSCA Modernization Act.” The chemical reform bill was sponsored by Representatives Shimkus, Upton, Pallone and Tonko. Chemical reform means the EPA will be able to better regulate the 85,000 chemicals used in commerce–of which only five have been restricted up until this point. So that’s the good news.