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Greener Sex: Birth control, sex toys, & lubricants made better for you & the environment

Tips and resources for healthier and more environmentally responsible birth control, sex toys, and lubricants

There are number of things that can be done to green-up sex itself. From using products such as condoms and lubricants that are healthy on the body, not made of estrogen-releasing plastics, and are gentle on the environment to avoiding birth control that routinely exposes your body and our waterways to persistent doses of estrogen.

Greening Christmas (Hanukkah or any other Holiday)

'Tis the season.  The lights of Hanukkah will soon fade into the past and the lights of Christmas are on the horizon. Parents everywhere are thinking about gifts. It is one of the questions I am most asked: "How do I green celebrations?" The winter holidays are a test for most of us: wanting to please our children, wanting to have more money, wanting less stuff, wanting to please our relatives.

Summer Sun Safety

Summer is here in the northern hemisphere! Chicago had its first string of hot days – the lakefront path is crowded, kids are playing in the water and the air smells of sunscreen and B.B.Q’s.  With the sun shining down and the urge to take off all but my bottom layers, comes the inevitable question – Should I put on sunscreen today or not?

Beauty & the Beast: The deadly side of beauty products

It was a gift.  The perfect little blue and white bottle of “Gentle! For Bebe!” baby shampoo in its foam pump bottle.  I used it on my baby for two years before I thought to check if it was safe.  It was French, I thought, it certainly wouldn’t contain known carcinogens, neurotoxins, and allergens. But, it did.

Start counting now. How many personal care (or beauty products) have you used already today?

CPSIA: Don't Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water!

Toys have become a nightmare for many parents: 80% of the toys in this country are made in China and the toy recalls have shown how very little oversight ever goes into toys imported into this country.

Save Small Businesses From the CPSIA

Small, green businesses that make children's products are facing their doom.   The Consumer Product Safety Imporvement Act will go into effect on February 10, 2009.  This act provides an important service regulating lead and phthalates in children's products.  However, the law will unecessarily punish small, green businesses and put an end to many of the healthiest, safest chi

What you can learn from the plastic recycling codes

THE CHEMICALS IN PLASTICS: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY
Bisphenol A (BPA) mimics the hormone estrogen and may interfere with ovulation and
reproduction as well as brain-cell development. 
 
Where do you find it: BPA is a plasticizer that is found in (and leaches out of) products
such as polycarbonate water bottles, baby bottles, canned soups, beans, and other
foods as well as softdrinks. Nearly all can liners contain BPA.  Regular use, such as

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