Posts Tagged ‘Healthy Child Healthy World’

Making Better Decisions Mondays

Monday, April 7th, 2014

I’m a busy mom, wife, daughter, employee. Errand-running often serves as leisure time too. I consider myself a “professional consumer.” I love to see what brands my favorite store offers and how they’re packaged and merchandized on the shelf. When I really love a product, I love to tell people. I like converting others to better products that I’ve discovered. My mom (who is pretty classically set in her ways of purchases) is my favorite person to convince.

With that said, chemistry was my worst subject in high school, and I took general science classes in college to avoid the subject all together. I don’t want to have to be a board-certified chemical engineer in order to buy my family’s snacks or shampoo. But I still want the safest or healthiest products I possibly can find… and can afford.

Since coming on board with the Naturepedic team, I’m lucky to hear about brands who are making better products, just like we are. Some brands I even get to work with often, thanks to Naturepedic’s work with the Companies for Safer Chemicals coalition.  I’m told there are 80,000 chemicals out there, and something like 5 have been regulated by the government. (Zoinks.) Again, no chemistry background here. I have a degree in advertising, so I what I do know is some brand’s “natural” or “safer” or “fat-free” or whatever schtick is purely marketing.

So, what should I buy when I go to the store? Which products in my house are really toxic? Which products in my house does my toddler have the most contact with? Which products or foods are safer and won’t break my grocery budget!?

It’s overwhelming. So just like any big project I take on, I decided to start small. A few small changes can lead to bigger, better ones. After all, a marathon starts with a few steps. Stop back on Mondays to hear about the small changes my family and I have made to Make Better Decisions.

Until then, Healthy Child Healthy World put together this beautiful inspirational video for all of us who want to join the movement of a healthier world for our kids and all future generations:

 

Meryl Streep Speaks Out About Kids, Toxic Chemicals and Going Green

Monday, March 8th, 2010



“When you become a parent, you start to notice what they’re eating, what they’re breathing, and children are like canaries in the mine.” Meryl Streep.

Meryl Streep is not just a great actress. She has also been carrying the green flag for more than 20 years. In 1989, having read a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report about pesticides on fruits and vegetables, Ms. Streep founded Mothers and Others. A concerned mother herself, Ms. Streep and a few neighbors she recruited started handing out informational flyers in the neighborhood and making pests of themselves in local grocery stores demanding they do their part in keeping kids safe.

This humble beginning eventually changed laws, and Ms. Streep continued as an activist. She became a staunch supporter of several other causes and foundations, including Healthy Child Healthy World. In fact, she wrote the forward to the book Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Greener, Cleaner, Safer Home and has info about the organization, and several others, on her website.

In case you are unaware of this, Naturepedic crib mattresses are the only brand recommended by Healthy Child Healthy World. I would bet Ms. Streep would really like our toddler and baby mattresses!

Ms. Streep also lives a personally ‘green’ life.

She was recently interviewed by the Natural Resources Defense Council about her beliefs, her lifestyle and her experiences. Check out Beyond Acting: Meryl Streep, Activist Mom on the NRDC’s Simple Steps website. The interview also includes several brief video clips.

Ms. Streep is a prime example of the influence mothers can have on the health of our children, ourselves, and the environment. Check out the interview.

Photo credit: Brigitte Lacombe

Update on Phthalates Ban in Crib Mattresses

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009


He loves his Naturepedic phthalates-free mattress!

He loves his phthalates-free natural crib mattress!

First, a brief recap:

(If you don’t know about the chemicals called phthalates, read our blogs Is Your Crib Mattress Phthalates Free? Why You Need to Find Out and New Phthalates Research Indicates Male Children Less Male in Play.)

As of February 9, 2009, certain products made for children – including crib mattresses – could no longer contain more than 1,000 parts per million of any of three types of phthalates. That’s 1,000 PPM per phthalate per item. The ban on those three types of phthalates is permanent.

A temporary ban was also put on three other phthalates, but only in products a child could put in his mouth, suck or chew. More research is to be done on the additional three phthalates to determine if they should also be permanently banned like the other three.

The Commission was supposed to post its procedures for accrediting labs to test for phthalates in June 2009 and, as of September, 2009, manufacturers were supposed to have their products certified as compliant with the phthalates limits based on third-party testing by accredited third-party laboratories.

However, the September 2009 certification date was extended to February 10, 2010, and, as of this month, has now been extended indefinitely. Why? Because no third-party labs have yet been CPSC accredited.

There are significant penalties for non-compliance but, since there’s no way of proving anything at this point, it’s hard to say how those penalties will be enforced.

Given that some companies have found it cheaper to pay fines than comply with laws, and given that many chemicals that were once determined safe at certain levels were later found to be hazardous, I’d personally feel safer with a product that uses no phthalates, and never has. Like Naturepedic.

And that’s just one big reason why Naturepedic crib mattresses are the only crib mattresses recommended by Healthy Child Healthy World.