You ready to hang decorations, host parties, and exchange gifts? You may want to wait before you deck your halls with beaded garland. Our friends at Healthy Stuff in Ann Arbor recently conducted tests on beads commonly used as Christmas garland and Mardi Gras beads. “We estimate that a single year’s inventory of Mardi Gras beads may contain up to 900,000 pounds of hazardous flame retardants and 10,000 pounds of lead,” said Jeff Gearhart, the Ecology Center’s principle researcher.
Are you looking to take action to decrease chemical exposures in your child’s school? You may have already switched to non-toxic products at home, but on average kids spend eight hours a day at school! Some of our coalition partners have great tools to help green your child’s school with toolkits that help students, teachers, […]
The promise of prevention and the hope for healing By The Science and Environmental Health Network PDF available at www.sehn.org and www.healthandenvironment.org The Ecology of Breast Cancer: the promise of prevention and the hope for healing makes the case that breast cancer is a disease arising from diverse societal conditions. Although well-recognized risk factors and […]
It’s that time of year. Fruit flies, mosquitoes and other summer-time pests seem to take over our yards. When I went to home for the fourth of July, I provided a tasty feast for northern Wisconsin’s mosquitoes. When I returned back to D.C. my kitchen is slowing being taken over by fruit flies. And on […]
Many of my friends and family ask me questions about what products they can buy that are safe(r) for baby. I decided it was time to create a tip sheet for new parents.
As parents become more aware of the chemicals their children are exposed to on a daily basis (and the negative effects on their health), many are trying to reduce their exposure to many of these toxic chemicals. And while switching to non-toxic products at home may seem to be a doable challenge, trying to reduce your child’s exposure at school may seem out of reach! But don’t despair…it can be done.
If there is one thing my job requires, it is lots of travel. I find it to be one of the most rewarding parts of this work (I get to meet people like you in person!), but it also takes a toll on the environment. After traveling a lot this past year, I’ve learned some […]
By Lindsay Dahl We know the best solution for addressing toxic chemicals is for Congress to pass the Safe Chemicals Act, but in the meantime here are some tips to protect your family from toxic chemicals in food and packaging. TIPS TO AVOID TOXIC CHEMICALS IN FOOD: 1) Limit canned food and plastic containers. Glass, […]
It’s Time to Declare Your Child’s Independence From Toxic Chemicals By Safer Chemicals Blogger: Shane D. Shirley-Smith – Orlando, Florida When I was a little girl I never worried about what I put into or on my body. As a child of the 1970’s I was more concerned with making sure my hair was feathered just right, […]
We worry about the toxicity of our personal care products, pesticides in our food, and leaching of chemicals. However, shouldn’t we be equally worried about the chemicals contained in the building products we install in our homes? Listed below are some chemicals dos and don’ts for common household upgrades. Use No or Low Toxic Paint: […]