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Top 10 Toxic Products You Don't Need

March 4, 2010
It's become so common in our culture to assume we need things - a lot of things. Over-consumption is not only a strain on our bank accounts and environment, it can also be harmful to our health. Whether there's a warning label or not (usually not), many of the things we buy have associated health risks. Here are ten toxic products , in no particular order, that you don't need. And, once you read about them, you probably won't want them either. Be aware that different homes may have different products that are more toxic than these. This is just a basic list of some of the most commonly...

Cleaning is Getting Healthier and Safer

February 22, 2010
The issue of disinfectants is a controversial topic for those trying to eliminate toxic cleaning products from their businesses, homes, and schools. It is a product that is commonly used in places where large amounts of people visit to help lower the risk of spreading bacteria; like bathrooms, office buildings, and theme parks, but often contain harmful chemicals that can impact your respiratory, development, and reproductive systems.
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Will future generations be less contaminated? Lawmakers are deciding now.

February 19, 2010
Members of Congress are deciding right now what chemicals my daughter will pass along to her children. My vote? As few as possible.
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One Mom's Story About Pesticide Drift Near Schools

February 18, 2010
Our friends at Earthjustice recently shared the story of Cindy Dominguez and her family with us. Cindy's story, and the stories of many like her, inspired MomsRising to sign on to a petition from Earthjustice and Farmworker Justice to the Environmental Protection Agency calling for commonsense safety standards protecting children who grow up near farms from the harmful effects of pesticide drift. Here is Cindy's story: Apple orchards are everywhere in Cindy Dominguez’s town in eastern Washington. The trees, nestled against schools and homes, bring more than apples though: they also bring...

When will we dictate policy to protect our future generations?

February 18, 2010
Why are other countries recognizing the need for a paid stay-at home option, yet we are not? When will we dictate policy to protect our future generations? Our country's leaders seem to be primarily concerned with the here and now, instead of maintaining a balance that satisfies the present and the future. When will we, parents, amass and demand better options for balancing work and parenthood? How long will we wallow in a discontent disillusionment that our leaders won't listen or aren't concerned? Aren't we the ones who determine who our leaders will be? Aren't "we the people" destined to...

Get Involved: Testing Toxic Baby Products

February 16, 2010
Tired of toxins in baby products? So are we! That's why we're excited about the great work that's going on at the Green Science Policy Institute ! They're testing baby products for flame retardant chemicals, but they need your help! The Green Science Policy Institute is seeking donations of one inch square pieces of polyurethane foam only from baby products purchased in the US or Canada, such as nursing pillows, strollers, infant carriers, or high chairs. Read this statement from Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute to find out more: "Our goals are to determine what baby products...
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Chemical Reform is the New Our Bodies Ourselves

February 16, 2010
Forty years after Our Bodies Ourselves was first published, we are finally starting to see a larger societal understanding that to care for our girls and women is to directly nurture our community at large. As we see a greater movement towards gender equality, we are also understanding that toxic chemicals are impacting our health, specifically our reproductive system, making this nurturing needlessly more difficult.
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Are There Hidden E. coli Bacteria in Your Valentine's Day Dinner?

February 11, 2010
Imagine the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner…you and your sweetheart surrounded by hearts, flowers, music and romance at the fanciest restaurant in the city. You’re eating a decadent beef dinner, complete with dessert and wine. It’s the perfect night with the one you love—until you realize you might be paying with your health as well as your money. Many people have heard of E. coli 0157:H7, and know that it is a very harmful bacteria coming from cattle fecal contamination and that it should be tested for and kept out of food. What they don’t know is that the Centers for Disease Control and...

What I told my state senate about BPA

February 8, 2010
It wasn't that long ago that my frustration over bad public policies was mostly heard by my husband (patient soul) and the 4 walls of my kitchen. Then I started blogging about it , any my audience expanded (and I felt better!). It never really crossed my mind back then that I'd wind up testifying in my state legislature. But testify I did. And while my main reason in writing today is to share my testimony, I'm also thrilled to report that a passionate mom with next to no political experience (that's me) can get in there and make a difference. The more mothers who let our state and federal...
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When it comes to chemicals, "safe until proven harmful" isn't good enough for my baby and me

February 5, 2010
Originally Posted on the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Blog When I first considered testifying before today's Senate hearings on public exposures to toxic chemicals , I wasn’t sure if I could handle the drastic disruption to my life. It meant taking several days off work and flying from Seattle to Washington, D.C. with my very active seven-month-old boy. Now that I’ve testified, however, I know for sure that it was worth all the effort. The policy debate surrounding toxic chemicals is highly technical. It’s easy to get lost in the abstract details. I was there as an individual, not an...

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