environmental health

Non-Toxic Holiday Shopping Guide!

Posted December 3rd, 2012 by

Women’s Voices for the Earth’s Non-Toxic Shopping Guide has everything you need to make responsible choices without compromising the fun and excitement of gift-giving. With this Guide, you can use your consumer power to tell and show companies that you demand safer products!

Clean Air and Environmental Justice for All: A MomsRising Blog Carnival

Posted November 29th, 2012 by

Twenty-six years ago when I first went to work for the United Church of Christ (UCC) Commission for Racial Justice, terms such as environmental racism, environmental INjustice, and environmental justice were just entering the lexicon. Communities of color, low-income, tribal and immigrant communities had experienced such phenomena for millennia, but they didn’t have the language [...]

Post-Election Civic Engagement: Why I made a movie about dangerous chemicals? Because I’m a mom!

Posted November 9th, 2012 by

In this election week, I’ve been thinking about how we as individuals and moms can stay involved in the issues that matter to us. For me, one of those issues became intertwined with my professional life when I embarked on my current documentary, The Human Experiment, a film about the high-stakes battle to protect our health [...]

Top 5 Green Halloween Party Tips

Posted October 25th, 2012 by

Halloween is right around the corner! If you’re hosting a Halloween party or event this weekend, try these easy tips to reduce waste, limit toxic chemicals, and make your jack-o-lantern even more festive. Rethink disposables: If you can lose the disposable silverware and plates, that’s great. If you can’t, what about losing one of them? Keep [...]

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The federal budget: A high-stakes love story

Posted October 23rd, 2012 by

In 2011, I taught two summer courses, directed a federal budget research organization and paid taxes. Taxes are the dues I pay for living in a democracy. Like you, I contribute at the local, state, and federal levels. I want us to fall a little bit in love with the federal budget and there’s no [...]

Top 4 Green Halloween Decorations

Posted October 16th, 2012 by

Jack-o-lanterns! Spider webs! Spooky witches! My neighborhood has already started the Halloween festivities: Our block is bordering on a haunted house these days. There are so many great ways to get in the Halloween spirit through decorating. It’s also a great opportunity to get creative and make some green choices by trying out fun recycled [...]

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OMG! There’s a CANCER-Causing Chemical in This?!

Posted October 15th, 2012 by

Baby Emma just found out Tide’s toxic secret—and she’s shocked that her favorite detergents are contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical!

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Top 5 Green Halloween Costume Tips

Posted October 12th, 2012 by

Tis the costume-planning season! Keeping Halloween green and nontoxic doesn’t have to be a chore. It can actually be a fun way to get creative and save money, while staying safe and earth-friendly. Try one of these tips to make your Halloween a little greener. Share your green Halloween tips and ideas in the comments, or [...]

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Wishing for a PVC-free Disney

Posted October 9th, 2012 by

When we first got the lab results back for our report on phthalates in children’s vinyl (polyvinyl chloride or PVC) school supplies, we were utterly shocked by all of the Disney school supplies that contained such high levels of these toxic chemicals. Disney Princess and Spider Man lunchboxes were chock full of these harmful chemicals, at levels so high they [...]

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Kids and cartoons? Classic. Kids and chemicals? Not so much.

Posted October 2nd, 2012 by

Phthalates are toxic chemicals already banned from children’s toys because we know they’re dangerous to kids. But they aren’t yet banned from all products intended for kids: It turns out phthalates can be found in many back-to-school products as well, including lunch boxes and backpacks! This year, an independent study found levels of phthalates in Disney-licensed lunch boxes that would be illegal if these products [...]

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