Lead in Kids’ Toys a Crisis

I think it’s fair to call the “kid’s toys” situation a crisis. As yesterday’s New York Times reports, “Despite a two-year effort to eliminate the threat of poisonous lead in inexpensive children’s jewelry, hundreds of thousands of tainted items are still being sold across the United States.” Because of this negligence, thousands of children are […]

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Toxic Toys from China #2

The announcement on August 2 that Mattel was recalling almost a million toys because they were covered in lead paint has parents seeing red.  Just a month ago, I was urging a boycott of Chinese toys based on the lead found in Thomas the Tank Engines. Now we have to scoop up Dora the Explorer […]

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The Dirt on Cleaning Your House

   If you ever felt headachy, nauseous, or irritated after cleaning your house, chances are it’s not just from doing the work. A report just released by the nonprofit group Womens Voices for the Earth suggests that certain chemicals in some household cleaning products may be hazardous to women’s health. Kids are at risk, too. […]

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Consumer Demand Works Magic on Harry Potter

   The growing popularity of recycled paper, plus leadership from Canadian publishers, encouraged U.S. publisher Scholastic to print Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on paper that even the whomping willow could be proud of. Nearly two-thirds of the 16,700 tons of paper used to print the 12 million copies of the U.S. version of […]

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Is It Time to Boycott Bottled Water?

The more bottled water we drink, the bigger the toll it takes on the environment.  Think about it: • According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, it takes 1.5 million gallons of oil – enough to run 100,000 cars for an entire year – to make plastic water bottles. Transporting the bottles, first to the […]

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