Legislation will soon be introduced in the House as well as the Senate to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. According to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, this law has fallen behind the industry and needs to better protect Americans from toxic chemicals.
Of the approximate 80,000 chemicals on the market only about 200 are required to be tested for safety. Contact your elected officials and let them know this issue is important to you. Also, join Seventh Generation’s Million Baby Crawl to Washington to let your baby be heard! Let our voices be heard so that our little ones can lead healthier lives. Think your voice doesn’t matter? Remember, every little bit adds up!
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has sent out an alert concerning the safety of children’s face paint this Halloween. Their new report, “Pretty Scary,” reveals that some children’s face paints contain lead, a neurotoxin, as well as nickel, cobalt and chromium, which can cause lifelong skin sensitization and contact dermatitis.
And don’t expect much help from the labels. You won’t fine these heavy metals listed as an ingredient on face-paint products. In addition, according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, labels like hypoallergenic and FDA-approved aren’t necessarily true.
In the “Pretty Scary” report 10 out of 10 of the face-paint products tested came back positive for lead, while 6 out of 10 contained other metal allergens. Click here for all the details.
In the meantime don’t despair, there are lots of safe and fun options. If you’re like us and have been working on switching to all natural, organic make-up, this is the chance to use up those colors that didn’t look so great once you got home! You can even make you own face paint with unscented lotion and food! Need more than a simple slather to get the ghoulish job done? Check out The Smart Mama, she has a recipe for homemade warts, scars, and wounds!
According to Earth 911, approximately 89 billion plastic bags are used in the U.S. each year. Are you wondering what to do with that stash of plastic bags? You can recycle them around town at Kroger, Wal-Mart or Publix.
Better yet, ditch the plastic and go for reusable bags. Target is making it easier for you to go green. Shoppers can now enjoy a 5 cent discount for every reusable bag that is used instead of plastic. While the article in USA Today says the incentive program won’t start until November, the Huntsville, AL Target is already honoring the discount.
Want to find some reusable bags? Most large stores such as Target, Kroger, Publix, Wal-Mart and BabiesRUs all sell reusable bags for about $1. If you are looking for something a bit nicer, check out the ChicoBag. I recently got one at the Green U Festival and have found it to be very convenient. It folds into it’s own stuff sack, so it can easily fit in a purse or diaper bag. This is great for me because I always forget my bags! Hopefully this incentive will remind us to jump on the reusable bandwagon.
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BabyGanics offers a full line of home cleaning products including laundry detergent, stain remover, glass cleaner and more. You can purchase them at BabiesRUs. Excited to find such a product line, I grabbed two cleaners to try out: Loads of Love ($9.99) and Stain, Stain, Go Away($6.99). While I can’t speak to the other products, here’s the dirt on the ones I tried:
The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides
Ever wonder which foods to buy organic? Don’t worry about getting down and dirty in the produce aisle any more; the Environmental Working Group has done the dirty work for you! Download the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides to learn which produce is best to buy organic.
The guide breaks down produce into two lists: The Dirty Dozen and The Clean 15. You can even have it downloaded to your iPhone if you like.