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Seriously? Chemical industry pressure keeps BPA in baby bottles

November 29, 2010
Just before Thanksgiving, the chemical industry squashed a bi-partisan effort to ban the controversial chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) from baby bottles and children's drinking cups. Really guys? Protecting kid s from toxic chemicals should be a no-brainer, right? Especially when the science is so...
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What's worse than a pile of dirty dishes?

November 26, 2010
What's stinkier than day-old-dirty dishes left over from Thanksgiving? A corporation that doesn't live up to its public promises. In 2008 Toys “R” Us publicly promised (even issuing a news release!) to reduce the use of toxic toys that contain polyvinyl chloride (also known as PVC) from their...
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Just when you thought it was safe to go back down the toy aisle...

November 23, 2010
Toys "R" Us - you've been very naughty these past few years. We were esctatic back in 2008 when Toys R Us pledged to reduce the use of PVC and offer more PVC-free products. Unfortunately they haven't kept their word. That's why we and the Teamsters Office of Consumer Affairs have released a new...
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Green Bean Casserole

November 19, 2010
Picture it: Thanksgiving, circa 1990. The table filled the entire room and overflowed with guests, so many that looking back all I remember is a blur of noise and food and endless pies. But in that blur, one thing stands out: green bean casserole. The white ceramic crock, crisp and brown on top...
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Toys R Us Still Selling Toxic Toys

November 18, 2010
There's PVC and even lead -- still! -- in toys that feature beloved children characters like Dora the Explorer, Spongebob Squarepants and Mickey Mouse. And despite its promise two years ago to clean up its toys, giant retailer Toys R Us is still selling plenty of toxic toys . The Center for Health...

Is Your Computer Designed for the Dump?

November 11, 2010
Crossposted from Have you seen the Story of Stuff ? Millions of people have viewed Annie Leonard’s viral web video highlighting the health and environmental impacts of our consumer culture. Now, Annie returns with the Story of Electronics , a new video questioning the “designed...
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An ounce of prevention, please

November 5, 2010
For the past month, pink ribbons have been everywhere — along with bracelets, shoes, t-shirts, even pink KFC buckets. Yet for all this colorful breast cancer awareness, somehow we're still not talking about one of the key things we can do to prevent the disease: stop eating, drinking and breathing...
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Give Pundits a Time Out!

November 4, 2010
Political pundits are spinning away in the wake of the elections, making guesses about what the election results say about the will of the voters. But it's too critical a time for our country to let the paid pundits have the last word. Moms (and dads!) know more than any political pundit about what...
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Photo Highlights: The PVC-Free Campus Tour

November 4, 2010
I'm on the road for our PVC-Free Campus Tour at colleges all across New York State. I've been setting up our giant 25-foot ducky and showing documentaries like Toxic Towns, USA and Blue Vinyl . So far I've visited Cornell and SUNY Geneseo, and will also be going to Canisius College, SUNY Buffalo,...
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Chat with Chef Ann Cooper about healthy school lunches

November 3, 2010
Ann Cooper isn't called "The Renegade Lunch Lady" for nothing. She calls it like it is, and she can because she's been there -- in the kitchens, in the schools, with the kids. Chef Ann, as she's called, was Nutrition Services Director for the Berkeley school district in California from 2005 to 2009...
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