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Last night we were driving down my block when I saw something cute and pink sitting on the top of a garbage can. I stopped to take a closer look. It was an adorable little toddler Strawberry Shortcake doll carriage. I loaded it into my car even though we have five doll strollers in my [...]

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There has been plenty of news lately about the dangers of Tricosan, but many people are still puzzled about the chemical. I interviewed Dr. Larry Weiss, chief scientist and founder of hand sanitizer and soap manufacturer CleanWell about the topic. Here are his answers. KB: What is Triclosan? Dr. Weiss: Triclosan and the closely related [...]

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A study popped into my in-box a few minutes ago from the University of Florida Health Science Center: Antibacterial Agent Could Cause Pregnancy Problems. I’ll give you the quick and dirty summary. Researchers think that triclosan interferes with estrogen sulfotransferase, an enzyme that is linked to the metabolism of estrogen. Estrogen that’s supposed to move [...]

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One of the most wasteful places, in my opinion, is the school lunchroom. Lots, and I do mean LOTS, of single-serve containers, wrappers, and packages. Take fruit leather, for example. They usually come in a box, each fruit bar individually wrapped. The boxes cost $4 for eight. (Or about $.50 each.) Recently, I came upon [...]

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My town doesn’t pick up cardboard. Crazy, right? One of the easiest things to recycle. I figured there had to be a place around here that would take the three or four cardboard boxes we get each week. I really had to find someplace because wntil now I had been — yes, I know how [...]

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Stanford University researchers on May 20th release a new report that links diabetes with environmental causes. Yes, you can still reduce your chances of the disease by eating right, keeping your weight down and exercising, but you can also mitigate risk by avoiding PCBs, according to researchers. From the study press release: “The prevalence of [...]

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Yesterday the President’s Cancer Panel — I can’t believe I didn’t know it existed — released its most recent annual report, Reducing Environmental Risk: What We Can Do Now. Download it. It’s worth a read. The report explains that, in 2009, more than 1.5 American men, women and children were diagnosed with cancer, and 562,000 [...]

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I work in a very nice office. I’ve got a desk and chair, a large LCD monitor, a file cabinet and a soft, cushy easy chair that I never seem to find time to sit in. It’s upstairs in the front of the house, though, so I keep my windows closed during the day to [...]

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Composting at Last

My husband came home from the store today with a surprise. One that made me smile really widely: A compost bin! Finally! He gave it to me right before dinner so all the non-meat scraps that are sitting on the table will soon find a new home. I can’t wait to see how this is [...]

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Yesterday Seventh Generation posted a great blog by one of its contributors: More Voices, More Votes. The post equates making green and healthy choices with casting votes. Every time you choose a home-cooked meal over a fast food one, every time you bring your own bags to the supermarket, every time you recycle instead of [...]

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