Tips Tuesday: Everyday Advice for Making Life Less Toxic
September 26, 2011
MomsRising Offers Weekly Guides for Reducing Exposure to Dangerous Chemicals
Baby bedding that’s labeled no-iron or shrink-resistant may contain chemicals that could cause allergic or asthmatic reactions. You can freeze vinegar and water to make a non-toxic garbage disposal cleaner. Taking off your shoes before entering the house could reduce your exposure to lead-contaminated soil, pesticides and dust mites.
It’s a toxic world, but MomsRising is here to help. Every Tuesday on the MomsRising blog, parents and the toxic-concerned can find new information on how to eliminate dangerous chemicals and toxins that are in every day products. Topics have ranged from choosing sunscreen and beauty products, to making a green baby or wedding registry, to detoxifying dorm rooms and non-toxic one ingredient swaps to make cleaning products from pantry staples.
“It seems we hear every day about a new chemical lurking in our homes or the products we buy. For parents trying to raise their children in a safe environment, it can seem pretty overwhelming,” said Claire Moshenberg, MomsRising campaign associate. “Our weekly guides break down the information moms need into easy-to-understand, realistic tips for daily life. We can’t avoid all chemicals, but a few simple changes at home or in your routine at the store can make a big difference.”
MomsRising, the online and on-the-ground grassroots organization of more than one million members, has been working to update the nation’s chemicals policies to reduce exposure to toxins that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, asthma and other serious illnesses and conditions. Last month, parents and kids, wearing superhero capes joined Safer Chemicals Healthy Families in a national Day of Action to push for Senate passage of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 (S.847).
MomsRising also hosted a mini toxics blog-a-thon on its web site and MomsRising members who participated in the Day of Action posted photos of their kids at the Day of Action events on the organization’s Facebook page. Members and their friends who couldn’t join an event (and even those who could) were asked to replace their Facebook and Twitter profile pictures for the day with a picture of the letter M (for Mom) wearing a cape.