What’s Made Safe? Amy Ziff Explains

made safe product labelWhat an honor! I grabbed Amy Ziff in the press room of Expo West for this quick interview about her brand-new endeavor, Made Safe. The organization’s goal is to “ensure that goods are made entirely from ingredients that are not known or suspected to cause human health harm as determined by scientifically recognized lists from around the world.” Pretty cool, right? Because we all know that what’s listed on–or left off of–a product label doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story about the ingredients that are in it. Made Safe vets those ingredients and actually tests products (in some cases), so you know that a cleaning, beauty or household product that features the Made Safe label is, indeed. How does it all work? I got the inside scoop from Amy herself. [Read more…]

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…]

6 Ways to Nix Pesticides at Home

yellow wine poured into glass against white backgroundWhen talking about limiting kids’ contact with pesticides, I’ve been accused of sounding like a broken record. But the reason behind my rant is so important: Pesticide exposure has been linked to asthma, allergies, neurological disorders, autism and even cancer—which is now the leading cause of death by disease for American kids.

Many people don’t know that most of our children’s pesticide exposure comes from the foods that they eat—but just one day of eating differently can completely remove many pesticides from their bodies.

And many more don’t realize that household exposure to pesticides—from pest eradication products and food—is now shown to have the same negative effects on pregnancy as cigarette smoking: lower birth weight and premature birth.

Unfortunately, just as doctors 50 years ago didn’t fault pregnant moms for smoking, today they don’t spend a lot of time talking with patients about pesticide exposure. I hope that as we all become more aware of the stakes, that too will change. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: LooHoos Dryer Balls

purple, blue and yellow wool dryer balls next to loohoos product boxWhen I first heard about LooHoos Wool Dryer Balls, I was skeptical. How could throwing a ball of wool into your dryer reduce drying time and static, and add softness to your clothes?

Then I tried them, adding three dryer balls to a full load. And lo and behold, my clothes were soft and static free in about 10 minutes less time than usual!

I hadn’t used dryer sheets since I learned about the artificial fragrance and toxic chemicals that go into most of them. And without dryer sheets clothes do tend to get a bit rough, so my family was thankful for an extra dose of softness. But for me, the real selling point of LooHoos Wool Dryer Balls was shortening our drying time. [Read more…]