Why I Created Smart Green Tips

Healthy Child, Healthy World was one of the places I first began learning about the chemicals that have invaded our homes and our bodies. They have a new video; it’s 3 minutes long. Please watch it.

This is why I started this blog:

If you’re reading this post in an email or RSS reader, you’ll need to click over to the site to view the video.


Featured Do-Gooder: The Soft Landing

From time to time Smart Family Tips will feature an organization that is a “Do-Gooder”: a group that works to help both people and the environment. The Do-Gooders may be companies, nonprofits, or any organized group that focuses its efforts on making the world a better place.

tslfeedingfamiliessafely125x125The Soft Landing was created by Alicia Voorhies, a “recently retired” RN who began by looking for non-toxic feeding items for her own three children and her nephews. What started as research turned into a great business that provides an array of 100% BPA, PVC and Phthalate-free products from over 45 manufacturers. As the company has grown, the product line and the website have expanded. In addition to the comprehensive line of products for babies and kids, The Soft Landing now carries non-toxic lunch products and water bottles for grown-ups as well as safe gear for pets.

Alicia runs an informative blog that highlights the ongoing research she’s conducting. The blog also provides updates on issues related to chemicals and product safety. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook as well.

I’ve bought several products from The Soft Landing over the years and have been extremely pleased with all of them. We bought The Safe Sippy last year and my girls really like them.

I’d like to point out that I’m not receiving any compensation from The Soft Landing for this post. I genuinely like their products and the effort Alicia puts forth to ensure that each item they sell is truly safe for kids (and grown-ups and pets).

Environmental Working Group (EWG) Video

EWG has an amazing video that is disturbing, but informative. I encourage everyone to watch it to learn more about chemicals and how they affect us. The video can be found on their site at www.ewg.org/kidsafe.

Please comment and let me know what you thought of the video.

Featured Do-Gooder: Environmental Working Group

From time to time SmartFamilyTips will feature an organization that is a “Do-Gooder”: a group that works to help both people and the environment. The Do-Gooders may be companies, nonprofits, or any organized group that focuses its efforts on making the world a better place.

Environmental Working Group

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a nonprofit organization that focuses its efforts on making our lives safer and our planet healthier. They are strong believers in the power of an informed public. With a team of scientists, engineers, lawyers, policy experts, and computer programers, EWG works to study the impacts our environment has on us and in turn, the impact we have on our environment. EWG’s website describes two primary goals:

1. To protect the most vulnerable segments of the human population—children, babies, and infants in the womb—from health problems attributed to a wide array of toxic contaminants.

2. To replace federal policies, including government subsidies that damage the environment and natural resources, with policies that invest in conservation and sustainable development.

How do they do this? By publicizing studies and information that let people know what chemicals are in their land, in their water, and in their bodies. They use this knowledge to lobby Congress and to attempt to change or strengthen laws that protect us.

This will serve as the first of several articles on EWG. The scope of their interests and influence is simply too great to cover in one article. Today, however, I would encourage you to take advantage of their Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. (There is also a permanent link to this database in the sidebar.) EWG has researched over 41,000 personal care products and rated them based upon their chemical hazards. The primary reason for this extensive database is “because the FDA doesn’t require companies to test their own products for safety!”

You might also check out the article, “Adolescent Exposures to Cosmetic Chemicals of Concern” published in September 2008.

There is a lot of sobering and troubling information at EWG’s site, but there is also hope for a change in policy as well as suggestions for making your own life a little safer.

Stay tuned for more articles on EWG and the work they do.