The verdict? Think twice about Crayola products if your child has celiac disease or a gluten allergy. Always check products and call the company to ask about allergens, because non-toxic doesn't mean allergy-free.
Here's how to enter:
The idea is simple. Turn off your lights, computer, tv and unplug your appliances (except your refrigerator, naturally).
snackTAXI is a family-owned company. They offer lunch-sacks, sandwich-sacks, and snack-sacks. The material used for the outside of the sack is 100% cotton and the inside is nylon. The sacks are free of heavy metals (including lead) and phthalates. They can be hand washed OR machine washed!
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One thing that never really fails is the sniff test. If the craft product you are using with your child has a heavy chemical smell, ditch it! Children are even more prone to being damaged by chemicals. This is truly something that every parent needs to be more concerned about. We can't assume that companies know what is best for our children. That is our job :)
You might be wondering, "Okay, so certain products bothered your daughter, but my child doesn't have allergies. Why does it mean that we should avoid products that you've found to be harmful to your daughter?"
If you are wondering that, good for you. It is a great question. Children who have allergies and are sensitive to chemicals are a red flag for all of us. Children who are playing with products that are labeled "non-toxic," but aren't having any reactions, doesn't mean it is because the product is non-toxic. Some children are able to filter out the chemicals more efficiently. The children who aren't having a "surface" reaction (meaning: a noticeable reaction) are still being bombarded in the inside and the chemicals they endure may have an affect on their long-term overall well-being.
Stay tuned for more information and the first post about safe and not-so-safe products. And of course, more gluten-free recipes :)
Happy Green Bee was created by Roxanne Quimby. She created the company with the philosphy in mind that the clothing be comfortable, colorful, playful and ecologically responsible. In my opinion, she did just that!
Flip & Tumble bags were created by Hetal Jariwala and Eva Bauer. They met while attending Stanford University's Product Design graduate program. After graduating, they took a leap and started flip & tumble bags!
Just fold and roll the loopt bag for storage and secure it with the elastic:
If you do your research, you will find that most people agree that new year's resolutions fail because the person has set their expectations too high or have made too many resolutions at once. I have a different take on this and a solution to the dreaded new year's resolutions.
We didn't know what we were going to do for our Christmas tree this year, and because of my daughter's allergies, we couldn't get a real one. The artificial christmas trees on the market pose a health hazard because they contain lead, and they are also not very good for the environment (they aren't biodegradable).
It was getting to be pretty depressing as Thanksgiving drew nearer, because my tradition is to start decorating the tree on Thanksgiving. I am subscribed to a web site called Mom Giveaways, and from that I found a giveaway titled "Eco-friendly christmas tree from the cardboard tree." from a blog called Purple Pink and Orange.
And my husband took the time and patience to string LED lights on the tree. :)
"Insects pollinate two thirds of the world's crop species, whose fruits and seeds together provide 15 to 30 percent of the foods and beverages that we consume--approximately, one out of every four mouthfuls."
"The United States alone grows more than one hundred crop plants that need pollinators, such as apples, cherries, pumpkins, blueberries, and many other fruits and vegetables filling grocery store shelves."
Simple things you can do to help:
• Do not use insecticides
• Support local organic farmers
• Plant seeds to attract bees:
› Shasta Daisy
› Lance-Leaved Coreopsis
› Plains Coreopsis
› Purple Coneflower
› Sweet William Catchfly
• Buy honey only from bee keepers that use sustainable practices (no chemicals!)
› Honey Gardens
• Spread the word!