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Safer School Supply Solutions

 
safer school supply solutions graphicBY AMY ZIFF

The reality is that there are unsafe chemicals in school supplies. At worst there are carcinogens in the classroom and what parents don’t realize is that they’re buying these harmful products and sending their kids to school with them each and every day.

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Q & A with Ronnie Citron-Fink, Author of True Roots

 

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Interview with Ronnie Citron-Fink, Author of True Roots and Editorial Director of Moms Clean Air Force

As a journalist covering health and the environment, Ronnie Citron-Fink knew something wasn’t right with all of the unpronounceable chemical names on the back of her box of hair dye. So she started asking questions and digging into the answers. And after 25 years of coloring, Ronnie gave up hair dye.

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The Dangers of Jewelry, Especially Children’s Jewelry

 
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My Grandmother Helen always taught us to save up to buy good jewelry. While I have a few family heirlooms, I’m not sure I’m living up to my grandmother’s mandate. My jewelry box contains antiques from fairs and a funky collection of colorful pieces that remind me of certain times in my life. There are also trinkets and mementos I just can’t part with. A few items are “good” investments, I suppose. But what has the most value is hard to say. Who knows what most of them are actually worth or what they are actually made of?

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Safe Sun: Tips for Choosing a Safer Sunscreen

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As spring blossoms into a full roar, each day feels sunnier and sunnier. At Made Safe, we’re welcoming rapidly greening grass, the beginnings of spring flowers, and the feeling of sunshine on our faces after its long siesta.
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#ChemicalCallout: Mineral Oil and Petroleum Jelly

What is it?

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It’s easiest to think of these two substances as chemical cousins. Both are by-products of the refining process used to create gasoline and other petroleum products. If you want to get technical: petroleum jelly contains mineral oil, among other substances. Mineral oil consists mainly of saturated hydrocarbons (aka paraffins) and aromatic hydrocarbons.

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Less Toxic Ways to Repel Ticks

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It’s the end of summer, you can feel it. The warm, sunny days to be followed by crisp, temperate nights of autumn. Back-to-school excitement hangs in the air. There’s football season, school plays, friends new and old. The leaves begin to turn. We love autumn.

And so do the ticks.

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Healthy Baby Guide for New Families

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Maybe you’ve just learned that you’re pregnant, or maybe you have a new baby or growing children. Perhaps you and your partner are just thinking about having a family. Whatever the reason, you may be hearing troubling things about toxic chemicals around you — especially chemicals in plastic and other harmful ingredients or materials in the things you use daily — and how these chemicals affect not just the environment, but also the human body and particularly growing babies, infants, and children.

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Tips for Safer Outdoor Gear

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With back-to-school right around the bend, you and your family are probably spending as much time outdoors as possible. Whether you’re soaking up rays at a local pool, trekking through the woods at a nearby park or sharing stories and laughs around a campfire, you’re probably bringing your favorite outdoor gear with you.

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Toxic Chemicals in Sunscreen & Safer Alternatives

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Hello sunshine! After much ado, spring is finally here. Our team is thrilled—especially because it means helping you tackle finding the best sunscreen—a safer sunscreen. (more…)

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Toxic Chemicals in Hair Dye and Safer Options

 

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Conventional hair dye is made with harmful chemicals that are put directly on the scalp each time hair is dyed, either at home or in the salon. Salon workers are even more exposed to these chemicals – potentially to carcinogenic levels of harm – as they may perform multiple hair dying sessions in a day. (more…)

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