Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Breakout Busters

I found this nifty product by
Rocky Mountain Soap Company
. It comes in a tube - like you would have for a lip balm but contains sweet almond oil, beeswax, cocoa butter and essential oils of tea tree, lemon, grapefruit, peppermint, lavender and chamomile. Each of these oils has either anti-septic and antibacterial properties or soothing and skin calming properties. So when you feel a bump about to break out - just dab a bit on. A similar type product is Heal by Essential Botanicals which has a roll-on applicator and uses essential oils to treat acne, infections, scrapes and cuts.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Natural Toy Guide

This Toy Guide by Natural Moms details 4 tips to help you choose safe and timeless toys. It provides an interesting perspective on toy quality - both in long lasting and in play value. If you are a parent just getting into the "toy arena" or a parent already immersed in "toyland", it provides some points to ponder about children’s playthings.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

No rubber duck in the bath?

The concern about hormone disrupting bisphenol A leaching from plastics is real. A recent study by Environment California Research & Policy Centre reported the 5 most popular baby bottles brands - Avent, Dr. Brown's, Evenflo, Gerber and Playtex - leached BPA at levels found to cause harm in numerous animal studies. The report recommends using glass or safer non-polycarbonate plastics.

What about the rubber ducky?

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) plastic is used to make many kids products. PVC contains phthalates, a plastiziser additives which leach out of the toys. Look for PVC-free on the labels of soft plastic toys and teeters.

Anyone found PVC-free toys or non-polycarbonate plastic bottles and cups? Blog it.

Useful tip sheet from Environment California.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Water Jugs

A Pure Know How subscriber sent us an email asking about the large water jugs that are used on top of water cooler. They typically are composed of #7 plastics which have shown to leach bisphenol A (BPA). See our e-bulletin on Plastics Water Bottles.

Are there glass water jugs available? Do they come with spring/treated water? Do you have to be a superhero to lift them up to the water cooler?
We have not heard or seen glass water jugs - have you?
Let us know … blog it.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Bottles Bottles Everywhere!

These photos, taken by Seattle-based Chris Jordan, depict two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes. Make sure you look at all 3 pictures – it’s cool art and freaks you out at the same time.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Pure Know How in the big city!

Well we were part of Toronto's first ethical and ecologically responsible holiday tradeshow for moms - The Mom 2 Mom Holiday Show.

We meet some great women who have environmentally friendly and non-toxic products. From cleaning, body care to couture clothing!

As we try their products we will let you know here, so that you can visit our site for our reviews.