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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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"Wait and See" Not Good Enough For Kids- It's Time to Ban BPA

November 1, 2010
Parents have enough on their plate without having to worry about exposing their children to dangerous chemicals in everyday items that should be safe. Yet cans of chicken soup or a sippy cup filled with milk could very well be contaminated. Bisphenol A (BPA), a man-made chemical, is used in...

Healthy Halloween: Your Tips!

October 31, 2010
Happy Halloween! This week, we asked you on our Facebook page what your best non-toxic tips are for this Halloween. Here are a few of our favorite tips and links for this Halloween! Heather McMeekan: "I'm giving out 'color', 'shape', and 'number' flash cards to the kids. The little ones seem to...
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A mom's pitch for going to the polls

October 28, 2010
As a working mom, I've learned the value of setting priorities, and the importance of thinking about how today's decisions affect the future. That's why I'll be voting on Tuesday , and I'm pestering my family, friends & neighbors to do the same. The outcome of this year's national elections...
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How green is your child care?

October 25, 2010
By Lisa Frack with Rebecca Sutton, PhD, Environmental Working Group Truth is, when my husband and I chose a childcare facility for our kids (way back in 2003), the question of environmental health didn't even cross our minds. Why not? Because what mattered more, at the time, was its affordability,...
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