I don’t believe in “Always” or “Never,” and certainly not scare-tactic click bait headlines that throw parents into a panic. But as a parent concerned about the cumulative effects of toxic chemicals on my children’s health, I do believe in trying to do better.
This past fall, a city in New Jersey made national news when they decided to say “no” to an artificial turf. How many other cities are installing these concerning turfs without considering the risks they may pose to growing children?
It was back in 2008 when I was sitting in a café, not to far from the Minnesota state capitol that I heard about the veto. Governor Tim Pawlenty had just vetoed two bills our coalition hard worked hard to garner bi-partisan support for. One of the bills he vetoed was a ban on certain […]
Guess what… toxic chemicals are virtually unregulated in the United States. As a result they are ending up in our consumer products, drinking water, communities, wildlife and places we play and work. That’s not ok. So we’ve got a little, funny intro to the issue for you to share with your friends. We need you […]
Are there toxic chemicals in your child’s raincoat? New testing coordinated by CHEJ found elevated levels of phthalates in a Spongebob Squarepants vinyl rain poncho, at levels nearly seven times above the federal safety standard. I recently purchased the Spongebob Squarepants vinyl rain poncho at Toys R Us’ flagship store in Times Square, NYC and sent it […]
By Anne Brock, mother and blogger at Flour Sack Mama I could hardly tear my oldest daughter away from the solar system exhibit when we last visited a popular science center. Not only were the planets perfectly suspended and illuminated to awe visitors, but the interactive touch screens drew kids in to learn fun facts and […]
Passing the Safe Chemicals Act: Time to Woman Up
It began with a phone call between two sisters. Who then called two friends, who called their friends. And so on. At first blush, it doesn't seem possible that virtually the entire U.S. baby bottle supply – millions of bottles – could be completely reconfigured within two years by a modern day "telephone game" played […]