Archive | February, 2012

Headlines: Lead in Lipstick

Forbes reports that the FDA has found increased lead levels in lipstick. Keep in mind that “the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report asserting that there is no safe level of lead for children and stressing the importance of preventing lead exposure for children and pregnant women.”

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BPA-Free Sardines

Since my family gave up canned foods to avoid BPA, I only really miss one food: sardines. I often crave a good lunch of sardines on crackers with mustard and a squeeze of lemon. Sardines are an excellent source of DHA, Omega 3, calcium, phosphorus, iron, protein, and potassium. Because they are a small fish, […]

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Eco-Toilet Training

Sweet Wiliam loves to sit on his BecoPotty training toilet — backwards, however, with his pants on, scooting around the house. Actual toilet training may be a distant dream, but when it’s accomplished, we’ll bury the BecoPotty in our garden. It’s made from bamboo waste and rice husks and it’s completely biodegradable. BecoPotty is available from […]

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Headlines: High Mercury Levels in Minnesota Babies

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that one in 10 babies along Minnesota’s North Shore are born with unhealthy levels of mercury in their bodies. Researchers attribute this to their mothers eating local fish. Mercury pollution primarily comes from coal-fired power plants. When the mercury falls to the ground, bacteria in wetlands and lakes convert it […]

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Little Lamb

I’m crazy about Fergus’s Lanacare clothing. I bought this outfit for him to wear home from the hospital, even though the smallest size was much too big. It hasn’t taken long for him to grow into it! Lanacare’s untreated wool is Oeko-Tex certified. No pesticides are used on the fields where the sheep graze or […]

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Cutting Boards

I once had a memorable encounter with plastic at a popular San Francisco taqueria. As I savored an excellent burrito and soaked up the atmosphere, I watched a cook behind the counter chop ingredients with a two-handled rocker knife. Taking a closer look, I saw that he was slowly carving a bowl out of his […]

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