A Safer World For Our Kids

If you have kids, know kids, shop for kids or were once a kid yourself , here are a few things you should know…..

As you’re getting ready to do some holiday giving please keep in mind while there are lots of cute gifts for kids that claim to be non-toxic, hypo allergenic etc most of the chemicals in those cute bubble baths, kiddie shaving cream and beauty sets have not been tested or regulated by our government. While the US has only banned 11 chemicals from our personal care items other countries have banned over 1,000. If you really want to share your love with a gift to the cute kids in your life please avoid these caustic products that may contain known carcinogens,

 

The must watch video for any parent or parent to be who is concerned about the health and development of their children.

Source: A Wake Up Story | Healthy Child Healthy World

 

If you are like most of us you have never thought about the safety of your childs car seat beyond how it can protect them in an accident. While that is a very important aspect we also need to be aware of how a car seat can harm it’s occupants during regular daily use…

The latest research on toxic chemicals in children’s car seats was released today by the nonprofit Ecology Center  at the consumer-friendly site, www.HealthyStuff.org.  Nearly three-quarters (73%) of seats tested contained hazardous halogenated flame retardants and over half contained non-halogenated organophosphate flame retardants, some of which are hazardous as well. The study finds that the flame retardant chemicals and alternatives used by companies are poorly regulated, putting consumers at risk, and questions the fire safety benefit of using these chemicals. Top rated companies in the study, Britax and Clek, have been proactively implementing policies to reduce hazards in their products while still meeting all safety standards. The poorest performing company was Graco.

 

http://www.ecocenter.org/healthy-stuff/reports/childrens-car-seat-study

 

The number of American children with learning and developmental disabilities has been climbing over the past decade, reaching nearly one in six by 2008. Read Safer Chemicals Healthy Families’ report to learn more, and see the top ten chemicals suspected of causing developmental neurotoxicity. 

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Leave The Receipts Behind

Except for business purposes I suppose I’ll start leaving the receipts behind. I’m notorious for having piles of them! Every time I read an article like this one from the New York Times I’m saddened, and angered. I’m reminded of the lives that have ended too soon and the ones that are still struggling to survive. I think of how different life could be if we only knew and changed these things sooner. I think of the family members and friends I’ve lost all too soon most likely do to a lack of knowledge and action. Seeing this information get out into the mainstream makes me happy! It gives me hope that my kids, kids may have less of a raw deal and a better quality of life. We must keep learning, we must keep acting for the betterment of society as a whole.

IN recent weeks, two major medical organizations have issued independent warnings about toxic chemicals in products all around us. Unregulated substances, they say, are sometimes linked to breast and prostate cancer, genital deformities, obesity, diabetes and infertility.

For now, experts say the best approach is for people to try to protect themselves. Especially for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, and for young children, try to eat organic, reduce the use of plastics, touch cash register receipts as little as possible, try to avoid flame-retardant couches and consult the consumer guides at ewg.org.

For full details please read the rest of the article.

Image found at http://www.anh-usa.org/bpa-in-cash-register-receipts-still-poisoning-americans/