Toxic Chemicals: Aren’t We Protected?

Toxic Chemicals Are We ProtectedIn a word no, we are not protected in the way you think. Many people think the EPA, the government, and in general our laws protect us from toxic chemicals. I have spoken to countless parents who say “they would not be able to sell it if was dangerous.” Here are the facts and story behind why that statement is false.

What laws protect us? One of the major laws that protects us from toxic chemicals is the Toxic Substances Reform Act (TSCA) was written and passed in 1976. When the law was passed there were about 60,000 chemicals used in the country. Only 200 of the original 60,000 chemicals were tested for safety as result of TSCA. The fact you may find shocking is that only 5 of those chemicals had restrictions placed on them. [Read more...]

Interview With A Green Writer: Hilary from Accidentally Green (@accidentallygrn)

Accidentally Green InterviewI am so excited to share with you my interview with Hilary Kimes Bernstein the author of two eBooks, First Bites: How To Instill Healthy Eating Habits During Your Baby’s First Year, and Accidentally Green: How and Why One Family Began Making Healthy Changes That Honor God and Help the Environment. I share the same interest in healthy eating at young age as Hilary does and that is how I first came to discover her. She also has the most organized Pinterest boards around with great topics I guarantee you all will love.

When and why did you start blogging? [Read more...]

8 Tips On How To Save Water In The Shower

8 Tips On How To Save Water In The ShowerThe average American takes an 8 minute shower.

Each minute you use 4 gallons of water in a shower.

That is 32 gallons of water, per day, per person in your house. (tweet this)

Those facts are pretty startling when you think about it. I confess I take long showers sometimes, but I do feel guilty about it. Here are some of my tips on how to save time in the shower which will save a lot of money.

Shower with music on. Who needs a shower timer we have [Read more...]

How To Design A Green Car For Families

How To Design A Green Car For FamiliesDear Every Car Maker In The World,

There are millions of parents out there who are looking for a car to have it all. In the next year or two I am going to be buying a new car and this is what I would like to see and I know I am not alone. I have spent countless hours talking to other parents about what our current cars cannot do and what we want in a new car. Unfortunately, none of us have ever said to one another “you know what, (insert car maker name) makes a car that does all of that.” These conversations are followed up with all the compromises we would make.

General needs: [Read more...]

We Should Teach The 5 R’s from Refuse to Recycle

EnvironmentalistsMy children are not even in school yet but it I see everything they are learning about already at life and in daycare tells me they are ready for a real education in environment.

Refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle and are all things kids can learn about at a very young age.

Refuse

We refuse single use plastic bags (and paper bags) because we bring our own bags. My daughter is the first one to remind me that we need our bags. We have a few Disney bags in our collection so she likes to make sure we have her bags with us when we go to the store. We use these bags at every store too, I have gotten some looks at the mall with my bags when I am not interested in taking their shopping bag. It seems to not be social acceptable yet to bring your own bag to the mall. [Read more...]

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