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Choosing Nontoxic Food Storage Containers

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Summer is wrapping up and parents are entering back-to-school mode, making it a great time to stock up on food storage containers.

Whether it’s for packing school lunches, or preparing meals in advance, food storage containers are convenient for storing and transporting food. While plastic containers are the most popular type, there are great, nontoxic options to consider. Nontoxic food containers can also offer convenience with far...

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Tips for Buying Chemical Free Soaps And Shampoos

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Our kids watch our every move. They learn by example, by our actions. When we choose nontoxic products—like soaps and shampoo—they’re noticing, and developing values around health, wellness, and nontoxic (or toxic) purchasing decisions. These values and choices can influence your children's health and the health of your entire family.

Why choose safe options

Shampoos and soaps can contain different...

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How Can I Reduce EMFs in the Bedroom?

Written by the editorial team, and edited by Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Have you ever slept through the night, yet felt like you didn’t get much sleep?

That feeling of disrupted sleep may be only one of several health effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in the bedroom.

 

What are EMFs and how are they affecting health?

EMFs (electromagnetic fields) are emitted from electronic devices—like cellular phones, computers, tablets, Bluetooth devices, power lines, and...

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Smart Meters: Should You Say No?

What are smart meters?

Historically, meters have been used by utility companies to measure the usage of electricity, natural gas, or water. They were then read by a person for companies to learn usage for billing purposes.

In recent years, smart meters have been replacing traditional meters in Europe and in the US.

Smart meters use wireless communications to automatically send usage information to utility companies. The wireless communications of smart meters rely on a cell...

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Get the Lead Out

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Surprisingly, lead is still found in many consumer products today.

While lead was banned from house paint in the U.S. in 1978, it is still found in the paint of older homes, hand-me-down products, and products made in foreign countries. (1)(2)

In addition, lead may be found in products that fall into an exempt or exclusion category set forth by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. For example, some electronic components have...

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Formaldehyde in Furniture

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

When buying furniture the first consideration is usually about the look and feel of the furniture. Not about how it may be affecting health.

Furniture and other home furnishings often contain formaldehyde. In this article you will find:

  • What is formaldehyde?
  • Household items containing formaldehyde.
  • Short-term effects of formaldehyde exposure.
  • Can formaldehyde cause cancer?
  • How to avoid formaldehyde exposure at home.
  • Find more...
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Can Furniture Off-gassing Make You Light Headed and Give You Brain Fog?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Did you recently buy new furniture, such as a bed frame, couch, desk or shelving unit? Do you feel tired, light headed, foggy, or crabby but don’t know why? Your new furniture may contribute to these symptoms from the toxic fumes that some furniture off-gasses. Purchasing non toxic household products and furniture is always something that we recommend. In addition, you can also look into quality non toxic carpet to...

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Consider Phthalates in Furniture

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Did you know there are phthalates in furniture?

“More than 470 million pounds of phthalates are produced or imported in the United States each year,” according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (1)

With amounts that large, it may be in your home.

Let’s look at where these phthalates could be lurking.

Where are phthalates found?

Phthalates are used to soften plastics and increase their flexibility. It’s...

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Chemicals in Paper Towels: Are There Nontoxic Alternatives?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Paper towels are handy for cleaning up a milk spill, drying hands, and cleaning the house. Maybe a little too handy.

In 2017, consumers spent $39,203 million on household paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, tissues, etc). Plus, consumer spending went up by $1,958 million over a two-year period, with spending totaling a lesser $37,245 million in 2015. (1)

Let’s look at it another way.

Americans use 741 pounds of...

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Cell Phone Radiation and How to Protect Yourself

by Sophia Ruan Gushée and her editorial team

 

On April 3, 1973, the first mobile phone call was made by a Motorola employee, Martin Cooper. Ten years later, in 1983, Motorola released its first commercial mobile phone, which sold for $4,000.

Another major milestone in the life of mobile phones came in 2007, when Apple unveiled its first iPhone.

By 2017, cell phones have become accessible to most Americans: about 95% of Americans owned a cell phone, according to a press...

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