One Minute Toxic Test

toxic test products against white backgroundBetween the cute kittens and baby pictures, there was one meme circulating in my social media this week that I couldn’t click away from: Have you taken the Toxic Test? And although I’m usually adverse to flashing messages promising to tell me something I don’t already know, I clicked on over to the Toxic Test to check it out. Believe me, I was surprised. [Read more…]

Good Mom…or Chemophobe?

mom holding newborn babyI would step in front of a bus for my kids, as would most moms. I make sure they have sweaters when it’s cold, and water when it’s warm. I worry when they don’t get enough sleep, and go on red alert when they cough or sniffle.

I also feed them primarily organic meals, try to reduce their BPA exposure by using more reusable water bottles and less canned foods, avoid food dyes and other artificial ingredients, pack their beach bags with zinc-based sunscreen, refuse triclosan or other pesticides, and clean my home with vinegar so they don’t have to inhale synthetic fragrances.

I think that all of these things make me a good mom. But a growing number of people think some make me a “chemophobe,” defined—by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, natch—as an “irrational fear of chemicals.” [Read more…]

Nix Toxic Pink Soap in Schools

young girl in school bathroom holds up sudsy hands as boys wash hands behind herIn 2012, the CDC’s annual assessment of schools discussed green cleaning for the first time ever. “Children are more vulnerable than adults to hazardous environmental exposures because, compared to adults, they breathe more air, eat more food, and drink more water per pound of body weight,” the report states. “A school that…[is] free of hazardous chemicals, and clean is arguably best equipped to support student and teacher health, learning, and overall productivity.”

And while most of this is good news—more than 36% of districts now purchase low-VOC paints, cleaners and floor coverings, 55% require that schools test drinking water for lead, and more than 50% pursue an integrated pest management policy designed to reduce the use of pesticides—some is not. Especially the news about pink soap. [Read more…]

How to Avoid Chemicals Linked to Autism

latino nurse giving african american girl an injectionIn case you haven’t noticed, there’s a serious debate going on among parents about whether or not vaccinations cause autism. And no wonder, as the numbers keep going up: New statistics from the CDC show that autism now affects a staggering one in 68 kids and jumped more than 400% in 20 years. Everyone wants to know why. And a recent study brings new evidence to support the theory that our environment—not our vaccines—is causing the autism spike. [Read more…]

Watch Unacceptable Levels on Mommy Greenest!

I am so thrilled to be able to bring Ed Brown’s “Unacceptable Levels” to Mommy Greenest. It is truly amazing. I hope you can watch it with friends and family—the message of this film is exactly what this site is all about. You can click the big arrow button to watch the preview for free; then enter your credit card information to pre-register for a discount on the full movie after it premieres on May 9th. Once you register, the movie will be on Mommy Greenest for you to watch in full, at your convenience. Once you have, please leave me a comment below—I want to know what you think! Oh, and don’t forget to share it with your community. Let’s get people talking about “Unacceptable Levels.” Thank you!

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Unacceptable Levels

Unacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. To create this debut documentary, one man and his camera traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law. Weaving their testimonies into a compelling narrative, Brown presents us with the story of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are, and of where, if we’re not vigilant, it may take us.

Chemicals, By The Numbers

beakers filled with colored liquid to represent chemicalsThe shocking information in this post, part of an infographic-driven “by the numbers” series that I’m doing this month, is why I started Mommy Greenest in the first place.

I remember being pregnant with my third child and learning exactly how many toxic chemicals my kids were being exposed to—and that none of them had ever been tested for child safety. How could that be possible? Well, take a look at the numbers. Is it time for an overhaul of our nation’s toxic chemical regulatory policies? I think so. How about you?

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Faking It? Get to Know Grass Turf

beagle on grass turf eco organic healthy lawn optionsA straggly, mushy, pee-stained lawn was the bane of my existence for a long time. The grass turf gets very little sun, and the combination of that plus my elderly incontinent dog made the lawn something that I avoided walking through—let alone encouraging my children to play on.

So I jumped on the artificial grass turf bandwagon in a big way, encouraged by landscapers who emphasized the water savings and probably didn’t know much about the true environmental impacts.

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