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Plastic Free: Book Review and Guest on #EcoTipTue

July 8, 2013
(First posted at Non-Toxic Kids . Join Katy from Non-Toxic Kids, author Beth Terry, and MomsRising this Tuesday for #EcoTipTue. We'll discuss how plastic is bad for our health and the planet-- and how we all can take simple steps to reduce our usage. Beth is super funny and full of great advice!) I've written about Beth Terry here before . You might remember her blog, Fake Plastic Fish (now My Plastic Free Life) , where she started gathering and weighing her weekly plastic use. Inspired by a dramatic photo of a dead sea bird whose insides were riddled with plastic, Beth was spurred into...
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Chemical trespass: Big burden, little bodies

July 5, 2013
Ed Brown's new movie Unacceptable Levels tells the story of chemicals in our bodies: how they get there, what it means to our health, how in the world it can be legal, and what we can do about it. All this from the perspective of a young dad contemplating the food his family eats, the water they drink and that cute little rubber duck his kids chew on. Brown's personal journey, as he pulls back the veil on our chemically-saturated world, is well worth watching. I'll be at the film's July 11 screening in San Francisco along with other staff from PAN — if you're in the Bay Area, please join us!...
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6 Ways to Avoid Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals (and why we should!)

July 1, 2013
Where were you on Tuesday night, and what are you sitting on right now? If you were able to come to #EcoTipTue this past week, you might have heard more about flame retardant chemical in our homes-- especially in our couches. Flame retardant chemicals have been getting a LOT of bad press lately. What's the problem, you ask? It's only a cushy place to rest after you have fed the kids, read to them, put them down for the night, and done all the dishes, emails, and phone calls? Yeah, that place. It has a dark side. Veena, a staff scientist from The Green Science Policy Institute, joined us for...
Katy Farber's picture at Netroots Nation -- Pics and Audio Included! #nn13

June 28, 2013
The staff members who attended Netroots Nation from left to right: Angélique Roché, dream hampton, Elisa Batista, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Karen Showalter, and Anita Sarah Jackson SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Six staff members were in San Jose, California last week to partake in a series of activities at the Netroots Nation activism conference. It's a place where grassroots and Internet activists can swap ideas on issues and best practices. What was especially exciting for us is that our issues -- namely, family economic security -- were front and center at the conference...
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The Birth of Cool!

June 28, 2013
The internet is abuzz with the impending birth of Kate Middleton’s royal baby. Meanwhile, Rachel, Nina and Natalie, three amazing young women I know, are also welcoming little ones this summer. Like Kate, they want the best for their babies and are thoughtfully preparing their nurseries. This period of anticipation is the perfect time to think about how you, as a new parent, can give your baby not only the best start in life, but the best future. Because while parents may differ on life’s small decisions, every parent in the world can agree that we want our children to grow up and live life...
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President Obama's Plan on Climate Change Will Protect Children's Health

June 28, 2013
I am breathing a little deeper tonight. Why? Because we finally have someone who is standing up for public health in our country-- in the face of big polluter dollars, power, and lobbyists. And he just happens to be the President of the United States. There has been silence about climate change from our nation's leaders for far. Too. Long. World scientists have been sounding the alarm about climate change for years. There is more and more research linking climate change to extreme weather, increasing air pollution, increasing rates of asthma and preventable deaths , more heavy metal pollution...
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Let's Do This for Our Children

June 24, 2013
This blog post originally appeared in the National Resources Defense Council Staff Blog . I was spending Saturday with my family preparing to go out and enjoy a long walk when I got the news that President Obama would be announcing a major plan to tackle carbon pollution and prepare our country for climate change. When you spend years working to fight climate change, this is big. I looked to my kids and broke the news. Not surprisingly I was met with blank stares. But soon after, they began to ask questions. Did this mean there was going to be less smoke? – asked my son. My daughter—in...
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10 Tips for Healthy, Toxin-Free Road Trips with Kids this Summer

June 24, 2013
This past Tuesday we had the Eco Tip Tuesday (#EcoTipTue) Tweet Chat at its new time, 9pm EST. Lots of parents turned out to share their best tips with MomsRising and yours truly of Non-Toxic Kids . Here's a recap of the best tips for hitting the road this summer with children and staying as safe, healthy, green and as toxin-free as possible. 1. Pack your useable water-bottles! This tip came from our friend Lori of Groovy Green Livin . When she is packing for her kids to go to camp, she always makes sure to include their useable water bottles and skips the bottled water. Why? Bottled water...
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Honey bees: We need 'em, and they're in trouble

June 19, 2013
Happy Pollinator Week! We're celebrating here at PAN by calling attention to the plight of honey bees, and what can be done about it. What plight is that, you ask? Bees are actually in serious trouble, and our food and farming systems rely heavily on these vital pollinators. One in three bites of the food we eat — including summer favorites like raspberries, strawberries and watermelon — are pollinated by these amazing little creatures. Since about 2006, bees have been dying off in droves, and scientists say pesticides are part of the reason why. The worst losses yet Our beekeeper partners...
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Proposed toxics law: Kids deserve better

June 17, 2013
There's a new toxics bill in town. A few weeks ago, a draft law emerged in the Senate to overhaul the dramatically outdated national rules that govern "industrial chemicals" — aka the thousands of impossible-to-pronounce ingredients in everyday products, from household cleaners to couches, water bottles to children's toys. Major reform of these rules is long overdue, but unfortunately the new bill is problematic . Unless significantly strengthened, it won't do enough to protect the most vulnerable among us — particularly our children — from the harms of toxic chemicals. We can, and must, do...
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