Is your sunscreen doing more harm than good? Probably.

What your mama should have told you about the dangers of sunscreen

It’s that time of year again when the sun begins to shine and parents reach for the sunscreen. We are told that sunscreen will protect us from sunburn, wrinkles, and skin cancer. Yet, research now suggests that sunscreen might not do any of these things very well: instead, many of the most popular sunscreen brands might actually increase our children’s chances of getting some cancers.

What your mama never told you about sunscreen. The 2011 Green Mama Guide to safer sun exposure

It’s enough to drive parents crazy: “Slather your kids in sunscreen!” we are told. Yet, we are learning that the majority of popular sunscreens might NOT provide protection from the worst of the skin cancers and might actually increase our children’s chances of getting some cancers.


Ask the Green Mama: Air Fresheners Stink!

Dear Green Mama: My family and I live in North Florida. My son has asthma and allergies and he is attending public school in the fourth grade. His teacher refuses to remove her plug in air fresheners. I sent a note to this teacher and a note from his doctor explaining my son's asthma and offered to buy something less offending to his health. She responded saying she has been a teacher for 28 years and never had a problem, she will not teach in a musty room and did not feel complete without perfume.

What is the dirty dozen?

Dear Green Mama: What is the dirty dozen?

What YOU can do to green your child’s classroom

The first day of school: it is a blessing and a challenge.  When your child is at home, it seems easier to be in control of their safety. Then one day your child goes off to their first day of school (think cute little back pack and a last wave as they disappear through the door) and everything changes. “My teacher said...” becomes a routine saying at home and all of the sudden your baby is demanding that you start recycling.

Ask the Green Mama: The Dangers of Anti-Bacterial Soap

Dear Green Mama: I'm a teacher. I've read on your site before that hand sanitizers can be problematic. What about anti-bacterial soaps? Will they help protect me from catching colds and flus from my students? I assume you are going to say "No!" So what information can I use to help get the support of my school and parents in getting rid of the antibacterial hand soaps that are everywhere!


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