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GeoGirls at Walmart: Just What A Girl (Doesn't) Need?

February 10, 2011
Grappling over how best to teach your 8-year old daughter environmental stewardship? Wonder no more! Walmart has announced a new line of “green” cosmetics targeted to tween girls. It’s called “GeoGirls” and the megastore is gearing up to line its shelves with the product in mere days. I say: just...

A Sneak Preview for Members of MomsRising of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s New Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database

February 7, 2011
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is the leading federal agency charged with ensuring the safety of consumer products. We protect families like yours, from risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products, including items that many of you use every day, such as...

Poison Air for the New Year

January 27, 2011
I was outraged to learn last week that some powerful politicians and lobbyists are gearing up to make it easier for polluters to poison our air. Do they really think this is a fight they can win? Mother love is fierce. All moms know one thing: having a child cracks your heart wide open. We’ll do...
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Why we need to educate consumers about the potential dangers of triclosan.

January 24, 2011
The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) released polling results this week showing that 75% of moms would be “angry” if the government took antibacterial soap off the market. Wait a minute…the government is taking antibacterial soap off the market? No, of course not. But ACI may have led these moms...
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Chemicals in the womb: A bad idea

January 21, 2011
Last week, researchers found a host of toxic chemicals in the bodies of pregnant women throughout the U.S. Industry reps quickly trotted out their favorite messages in response: "Chemicals are a fact of modern life," "just because toxins are in your body doesn't mean they'll hurt you," and "the...
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Two More Years of Toxic Toys?

January 18, 2011
Get organized. Eat healthier. Magically make time to relax. The list list goes on. It's January, and a lot of us are taking stock of promises that we made to ourselves in the form of New Year's resolutions. Toys "R" Us knows something about promises: They made one in 2008 to take toxic chemicals...
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Toddlers With iPhones! A New Type of Pacifier with Potentially Deadly Side Effects

December 16, 2010
As a way to get her newborn infant son to sleep through the night, mom Janet Vasquez decided to use her recently bought iPhone for the often-difficult task. She downloaded several applications, including “BabySoothe” and “Lullabies”, and set them running throughout the night in close proximity to...

Tell Simple Green "It's Simple: Go Green"!

December 9, 2010
Cassidy Randall is the Program & Outreach Coordinator for Women's Voices for the Earth. How often have you heard a friend say she uses Simple Green because it’s a “natural cleaner”? Maybe you’ve even thought the same thing yourself. And who could blame you? The company’s tagline says “We Are...
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The Tale of the Toxic Toy Aisle: A Holiday Story

December 3, 2010
Two years ago, CHEJ and the Teamsters made a discovery: Toy juggernaut Toys "R" Us was peddling PVC-containing toys to the under-12 set. Toy-box classics like Toy Story 3 Barbie and You and Me Take Along Baby doll were exposing kids to toxic chemicals like lead, PVC, and more. And as anyone who has...
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Food Safety Act Passes!

November 30, 2010
Everyday, children from Nevada just like my friend Rylee Gustufson, a bright teenager from Henderson, eat lettuce, spinach, or eggs. They eat these foods at home and at school. We tell them that vegetables are good for them and will make them strong. But a raw spinach salad made Rylee so sick she...

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