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Love Your Little Ones- Be BPA-Free


Love Your Little Ones- Be BPA-Free

1 Comment 20 April 2010

As if we need more Jewish guilt

Who would ever think that  popular brand baby bottles, pacifiers, and toys could possibly be dangerous to our kids health?

This week, Earth Day prompts us all to be aware of the chemicals in the environment and in our homes.

Pregnancy and early childhood are critical times in babies’ lives because they are growing and developing so rapidly. During this time they are vulnerable to elements in their environment, and we as  parents should protect them as much as possible from exposure to potentially harmful substances.

PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC) is a hard plastic that requires harsh chemical softeners, such as phthalates, to make it appropriate for use in soft plastic baby toys such as squirty toys.

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is used in hard, clear plastics sometimes used in baby toys to prevent breakage.

In 2003 it was shown that products  manufactured with PVC  and BPA were shown to disrupt reproductive functions and cause other developmental problems.

Make sure your baby products are also Nitrosamine free: Nitrosamines are found in latex products such as some infant teethers. They have been shown to cause cancer in many animals.   Make sure  all your teethers and soothers are nitrosamine free.

Check out the items below. Do your research, and be informed.

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Detox Your Home – Today!

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Detox Your Home – Today!

No Comments 11 April 2010

Your home should be the cleanest place in the whole world… and you may think it is, but by using cleaning products filled with hazardous chemicals, you are actually doing more harm than good!!! You can read the alarming facts HERE. The good news is that keeping your home clean and healthful (to you and the planet) is not as hard as it seems.  And contrary to popular belief, these green cleaners work just as well as the chemical ones. I know because I use them!

So I’ve gathered some easy tips from Shaklee’s website. They make my favorite products for keeping my house squeaky clean.

  1. Get the dirt.
    Educate yourself about what you bring into your home at www.householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov
  2. Have a clean-for-all.
    Put on the gloves and get rid of the nasty stuff in your home. Responsibly, of course. Your local waste collection service has guidelines for proper household hazardous waste disposal, as well as collection sites for things like paint, batteries, and cleaners. Whatever you do, please don’t toss this stuff in the garbage.
  3. Welcome healthy into your home.
    Commit to carefully considering everything that crosses your doorstep. Here are some safe, healthy things to have in your home: 

    • Fresh air. Open your windows to reduce indoor air pollution.
    • Essential oils. Use these instead of air fresheners.
    • Plants. Besides being nice to look at, they can absorb harmful gases and help clean the air.
    • Organic cotton bedding. Avoid standard bedding treated with chemicals.
    • Floors made of recycled and renewable resources.
    • Healthy paint. That new paint smell can be as nasty as it smells. Choose low VOC paint instead.
    • Cleaners that are truly cleaner. Look for these clean credentials on Get Clean products: non-toxic, natural,
      biodegradable, concentrated, and hypoallergenic.
  4. Clean up our collective home.
    Make the earth healthier for all of us who call it home by using these things in yours: 

    • Compact fluorescent lighting. They last a whole lot longer.
    • Energy Star-rated appliances. Save money and energy.
    • A low-flush toilet. Replace the largest user of water in your house. Ultra low flushers cut water use by one-fifth.
    • Low-flow showerheads. Same pressure. Less water.
    • Your flicker finger. Turn off lights and appliances when you’re not using them.
    • Gray water system. Install one to recycle used household water for your lawn.
    • Tankless water heater. Save money, energy, and space in the broom closet. Use it to store your new
      Get Clean Starter Kit.
    To buy Shaklee products you can email Renee Braha at mailto:Rbraha@aol.com.
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