Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Washington Toxics Coalition report on pregnant women

A Research Project by WTC
Study completed in collaboration with the Commonweal Biomonitoring Resource Center and the Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition.

New tests by the Washington Toxics Coalition reveal that children spend their first nine months in an environment that exposes them to known toxic chemicals.

Washington Toxics Coalition tested nine pregnant women, from Washington, Oregon, and California, for chemicals including bisphenol A, phthalates, mercury, and “Teflon chemicals.” The first-of-its kind study tested blood and urine from pregnant women during their second trimester of pregnancy and found their bodies contaminated with chemicals found in a wide variety of consumer products.

If you are pregnant, or contemplating pregnancy, please read the above study!

Organic Personal Care Cheaters

2009-11-06 - Organic Consumers Association
In a milestone victory resulting from years of work by the US organic community to address known fraud in the organic marketplace, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has voted 12 to 1 for the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) to enforce the law for organic personal care just like they do for organic food. This would mean shampoos and other body care products that claim to be organic, but are not certified, would be forced to drop the organic claims made on their products or improve formations to meet organic standards. "I'm really pleased by the NOSB's recommendation," says Ronnie Cummins, Executive Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA). "Brands that are using the word organic improperly should be on notice that USDA enforcement is imminent. Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan has said that she is going to get 'tough on crime' in the organic industry. At the NOSB meeting this week, National Organic Program director Miles McEvoy announced a 'new age of enforcement' in organic. I expect them to make organic cosmetics fraud a top priority. In the meantime, retailers should start cleaning up their body care aisles. Whole Foods Market, for one, was a big supporter of the NOSB recommendation." At the end of September, the OCA promised to announce the names of brands that have cheated consumers for years and recommend honest organic brands in order to promote certified organic personal care. As of today, the Boycott/Buycott is in effect.

Major Brands OCA Will Boycott:
Desert Essence Organics Body Care, Organics by Noah's Naturals, Giovanni Organic Cosmetics, Nature's Gate Organics, Amazon Organics, JASON Pure Natural and Organic, and Avalon Organic

Major Brands With USDA Organic Seal and OCA Will BUYcott, encouraging Consumers to support:
Alteya, Amrita, BABYBEARSHOP, Badger Balm, Buddha Nose, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, Earth Mama and Angel Baby, Kimberly Organics, Little Angel, Mercola, Motherlove, ONEgroup, Organicare, Origins Organics, Purely Shea, Rainwater Organic Lotion, Rose Tattoo Aftercare, SoCal Cleanse, Seasons of the Soul, Sensibility Soaps/Nourish, Terressentials, Trillium Organics, Vermont Soap.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Global petition to ban the plastic bag

Please sign this petition to stop international use of plastic bags. Don't forget to carry your reusable bags everywhere- not just the grocery store. If I forget mine, I load my kids full of stuff. They love being helpful. I haven't taken a bag from a store of any kind in over 3 years now.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Sunny Side Up.

Just a little note of gratitude to the universe. This company was created out of a need for products that were pure to use on my infant daughter who has multiple food allergies. For the last 6 years, we've been through it all, but over the last month I suddenly had an intuition to test egg with her. We live on a highly restricted diet and don't take any chances, but in spite of her allergist telling me not to try egg, I felt like it was time. I tested minute amounts over the last month and waited weeks in between.

For Sunday breakfast, instead of pancakes, I pulled out our eggs (biodynamic from the farm, of course). The request was for Sunny Side Up. I arranged our favorite flowery plates with loads of organic berries and my daughter held her breath.

I was all tears when her little hands went into prayer position as she asked God to help her eat this egg. This is a terrifying experience for a kid with allergies to suddenly try something forbidden for so long. This could have made her very sick.

She had no reaction and was able to eat an entire egg!

It may sound mundane to you, but it's a sunnier world for us.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

1, 4-dioxane and formaldehyde in baby shampoo and wash

To find out what's in the products currently in your bathroom, go to safecosmetics.org. They recently sent 48 mainstream baby washes and shampoos to be tested and found formaldehyde and 1, 4-dioxane in 82% of them in brands such as Huggies, Johnson & Johnson and Sesame Street.

This is the REASON behind BABYBEARSHOP. Years ago, when we first learned of Johnson & Johnson and how they used to put a numbing agent in their NO TEARS baby shampoo, a lightbulb went off and a flurry of research began. We are only concerned with making products we would use on our own babies. We haven't made a baby wash yet because there hasn't been the availability of ingredients that are pure enough to meet our standards. Late summer we will finally be releasing one!

Our products are made in USDA certified organic laboratories which require complete segregation from chemicals such as these. They are made in separate buildings and there is no risk for contamination of ingredients.

Our labels claim 100% plant-based ingredients and that's all there is.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

TOXIC BEAUTY: How hidden chemicals in cosmetics harm you

TOXIC BEAUTY: How hidden chemicals in cosmetics harm you

We are featured in this new book by British author, Dawn Mellowship. She has an informative blog, www.toxicbeauty.co.uk/blog, and the book is available at Amazon.

Cheers! xo

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Vintage Children's Wallpaper and Book Exhibit

In light of the sadness of CPSIA's ruling and stories of truckloads of children's vintage books being forced to the trashcan, I am posting this because it's so beautiful.

Cooper-Hewitt in NYC has an exhibit of children's wallpapers and books running through April 5, 2009.

This image was designed in 1902 in London, England by Dorothy Hilton.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Mercury Found in High Fructose Corn Syrup

As if corn syrup in the USA being genetically-modified is not enough for many people to stop their consumption of sugary foods, processed foods and drinks, check out this article from the Chicago Tribune on January 27, 2009. If they found even ONE incidence of mercury out of their study, that is one incidence too many:

Study finds high-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
Toxic, silvery metal detected for the first time in soda, candy products

Chicago Tribune
January 27, 2009

A swig of soda or a bite of a candy bar might be sweet, but a new study suggests that food made with corn syrup also could be delivering tiny doses of toxic mercury.
For the first time, researchers say they have detected traces of the silvery metal in samples of high-fructose corn syrup, a widely used sweetener that has replaced sugar in many processed foods. The study was published Monday in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health.
Eating high-mercury fish is the chief source of exposure for most people. The new study raises concerns about a previously unknown dietary source of mercury, which has been linked to learning disabilities in children and heart disease in adults.
The source of the metal appears to be caustic soda and hydrochloric acid, which manufacturers of corn syrup use to help convert corn kernels into the food additive.
A handful of plants across the nation still make the soda and acid by mixing a briny solution in electrified vats of mercury. Some of the toxic metal ends up in the final product, according to industry documents cited in the study.
Corn syrup manufacturers insisted their products are mercury-free. But the study said at least one maker of caustic soda that has used the mercury-based technology listed the corn syrup industry as a client.
The researchers cautioned that their study was limited. Only 20 samples were analyzed; mercury was detected in nine.
Still, the impact of the findings could be significant. High-fructose corn syrup has become such a staple in processed foods that the average American consumes 12 teaspoons of it daily, according to federal estimates. Teenagers and children tend to eat more of it than adults.
There is no established safe dose for elemental mercury, the type discovered in corn syrup. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says an average-sized woman should limit her exposure to 5.5 micrograms a day of methylmercury, the kind found in fish. If that same woman regularly ate corn syrup contaminated at the highest level detected in the study -- 0.57 micrograms per gram -- the researchers estimated that she could end up consuming an amount of mercury that is five times higher than the EPA's safe dose.
A former EPA scientist who reviewed the paper said more study is needed to establish the risk, if any, posed by contaminated corn syrup.
"For the most part, previous studies haven't found mercury in foods other than fish," said Kathryn Mahaffey, a former EPA scientist who co-wrote a landmark report to Congress on the perils of mercury contamination.
Most chlorine plants already have switched to mercury-free technology. In response to a 2005 Tribune series about mercury hazards, Barack Obama, then a U.S. senator, introduced legislation that would force others to phase out its use or shut down. A plant in Wisconsin later vowed to switch by this year, leaving four others -- in Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia -- that still use the older technology.
Chlorine plants manufacture caustic soda and hydrochloric acid. In a statement, the Chlorine Institute, an industry trade group in Washington, said, "It is conceivable that measurable mercury content can be found in high-fructose corn syrup regardless of how it is processed."