Archive | June, 2012

Lead and Phthalates in Garden Hoses

The temperature will approach 100 degrees today in New York City. Whew! Sweet William and I filled the wading pool first thing after breakfast.

As I uncoiled the hose, I remembered HealthyStuff.org’s recent study of lead and phthalates in garden equipment. Researchers tested 179 common garden products, including hoses, gloves, and kneeling pads. More than two-thirds of the products contained high levels of one or more chemical hazards. [...]

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Beeswax Birthday Candles

Sweet William’s birthday cake was topped with a pure beeswax candle from Big Dipper Wax Works. You can order number candles and traditional birthday candles directly from Big Dipper’s site, or from ecomom. [...]

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Welcome to the new My Sweet William (and Happy Birthday William!)

Coinciding with Sweet William’s second birthday, I have expanded and redesigned My Sweet William. In addition to product reviews and news reports, the site now features links to information resources, shopping, special interest organizations, and opportunities to get involved with environmental health campaigns. My Sweet William is my gift to William, Fergus, and every child, […]

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The Flap Happy Hat

Doesn’t Fergus look sweet in his sun hat? Flap Happy makes them in a variety of prints and fabrics, including organic cotton. The hats are rated UPF 50+ without the use of chemicals. The sun protection is achieved by using a double layer of 100% cotton poplin. Such a practical, effective and cute way to […]

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The Ripple Effect of Choosing Organic

In response to “Pesticide Linked to Brain Abnormalities,” Alex makes an important point about eating organic. [...]

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More News About Insecticides

It’s turning into Pest Control Week here at My Sweet William. Researchers at Duke University have confirmed the “high toxic activity” of piperonyl butoxide (PBO), a chemical “synergist” that is used to increase the potency of more than 700 insecticides. Last year, researchers at Columbia University found that infants whose mothers had been exposed to […]

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Storing Winter Woolens (More About Pests)

I’ve just finished sorting Sweet William and Fergus’ winter clothing, separating the future hand-me-downs, the keepsakes, and the pieces to be shared with other little ones. I’ve never been able to stand the smell of moth balls, so I use cedar blocks to store the woolens. After reading the latest news about naphthalene, the chemical […]

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A Tip For Pet Owners

Not having pets, I never considered the risks of flea and tick collars. According to a new study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, children who play with a cat or dog while it’s wearing a flea or tick collar are exposed to up to 1,000 times the EPA’s safe level of pesticides.  For adults, […]

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