Community Advocacy Group Attempts to Get PCBs and Other Toxins Removed from Malibu Schools

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Malibu Unites is a coalition of concerned parents, teachers, community members, scientists, experts, public figures and environmental groups from across the U.S. Their goal? Get toxins out of local Malibu schools. The group was born back in October of 2013, when twenty-one Malibu Middle and High School teachers sent a letter to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) stating that their health had been adversely affected due to working on the Malibu High School (MHS) campus. According to the letter, three local teachers were diagnosed with thyroid cancer within a six-month period, while other teachers were experiencing harsh physical symptoms that may be linked to toxins, such as migraines, hair loss, respiratory problems, and rashes. According to Malibu Unites, in the years before the group formed, soil on the MHS campus tested positive for nine toxins, including PCBs, lead, DDT, Chlordane and additional pesticides known to be carcinogenic, plus in the summer of 2011, more than 1,000 cubic yards of toxic soil was removed from the center of the campus. After learning about the toxins at MHS, teachers from the school and Juan Cabrillo Elementary (JC) asked to have their classrooms and soil tested for toxins, but getting those tests completed has been an uphill battle, which is where Malibu Unites comes in.

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Architects Design a Parking Garage That Will Double as a Playground in Copenhagen

by 08/12/14   filed under: architecture, eco play, transportation

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HOW TO: Make a Natural Sleep Aid Lotion with Magnesium & Lavender Oil for Newborns, Kids & Adults

by 08/12/14   filed under: eco toddler, green baby, green family, green kids, green maternity, green pregnancy, health & body, how-to

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Stunning & Breezy Geodesic Treehouse by O2 Treehouse

by 08/11/14   filed under: green design, green family, green kids, treehouses

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O2 Treehouse designs stunning treehouses sure to please kids and adults alike. We especially love the breezy geodesic design shown above! With its beautiful curves and open-air qualities, this treehouse design is truly unique, but then so are all O2 treehouses. O2 Treehouse strives to design custom treehouse and treehouse-like structures that inspire the imagination while still fitting seamlessly in with the nature that surrounds them. On a functional level, O2 Treehouse notes that their structures, though they can be a simple play space, are also much more, providing additional living space for family members who need a relaxing escape, while also serving as a perfect spot for birthday parties or a family meal outside in the fresh air. Visit O2 Treehouse to learn more about their wonderful custom structures or see more examples of their designs in the “read more” link below.

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Tom and Jerry Cartoon-Inspired House Uses Looney Architecture to Motivate Kids to Play

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Best BPA-free Popsicle Molds for Homemade Popsicles

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'It Takes a Village' So Why are Modern Mothers More Isolated Than Ever?

by 08/10/14   filed under: green family, health & body, parenting

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Bunmi Laditan’s wildly popular article ‘I Miss the Village,’ will resonate with every mother. In a society that has unprecedented means of staying connected via technology, mothers still remain unbelievably isolated, raising their children within the confines of a home with dead-bolted doors and gated yards that can become suffocating due to lack of connection with other women, mothers and their children.

‘I miss the village I never had,’ says author Bunmi Laditan in her piece published in The Huffington Post. Feeling the loss of a village of mothers who rely on each other for companionship and emotional support, Bunmi laments the lack of conversation with her neighbors and their children playing together, in exchange for ‘locked front doors, blinking devices and afternoons on the floor playing one-on-one with our little ones.’ Bunmi, author of The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting who has a new book, Confessions of a Domestic Failure due out in November, wishes for a life where mothers live side by side; washing, laughing, kneading bread and listening to the light and darkness of life, ‘because the truth is, we need each other,’ she says.

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GREEN RANT: Would You Support a Company Whose Ideals Clash With Your Own?

by 08/09/14   filed under: food, green family, green rant

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The notion of the small, crunchy business with a cool grassroots origin story, and a hippie, love-all ethic has been turned on its head in recent years. Did you know that Burt’s Bees is part of the Clorox Family, that Stoneyfield Organics was bought out by Danon, and that Dagoba chocolate belongs to Hershey Foods? While little niche businesses exist (and many have found a way to sell through farmer’s markets, Etsy, and other artisanal marketplaces), finding and buying from a company whose ideals you believe in is not as easy as one would think. And the issue is complicated: since Clorox and Burt’s Bees combined, Clorox has actually made major strides in improving sustainability and has reduced its landfill waste by significant amounts. Many of us assume that a brand’s organic cred equates to a healthy attitude toward the planet, its consumers, and its workers, but recently I had to look beyond the logo of green health food product line Eden Foods and decide whether the politics behind the brand are too controversial for me to continue purchasing them.

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Nursery Works Luxury Contour Crib is a Stand Alone Statement Piece

Nursery Works Luxury Contour Crib is a Stand Alone Statement Piece

Nursery Works’ new Contour crib was created for parents looking for the ultimate, ultra-chic nursery furniture, and while you’ll pay a steep price for the Contour crib…

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9 Year-Old Best Friends Create Brooklyn-Based Handmade Jewelry Business with a Mission to Change the World

9 Year-Old Best Friends Create Brooklyn-Based Handmade Jewelry Business with a Mission to Change the World

TweetEmail Best friends Lutece and Tess imagined that they could make the world a better place through art and friendship. But instead of waiting to grow up to pursue their…

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Tried & True Tips from Moms on Overcoming Common Hurdles of Back to School Blues

Tried & True Tips from Moms on Overcoming Common Hurdles of Back to School Blues

TweetEmail 1. Begin the back to school routine in the summer. As in NOW! While things are a little more relaxed, get the school cycle started. Inhabitots editor Beth begins…

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WATCH THE VIDEOS: Greenpeace & Kids Across the Globe are Urging LEGO to Break Ties With Shell Oil

WATCH THE VIDEOS: Greenpeace & Kids Across the Globe are Urging LEGO to Break Ties With Shell Oil

Update 8/6/2014: Greenpeace has released their second campaign led by kids across the world, encouraging Lego to break their partnership with Shell, via the video above. As part of a…

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Artist Omid Asadi Creates Intricate Masterpieces Out of Fallen Leaves

Artist Omid Asadi Creates Intricate Masterpieces Out of Fallen Leaves

Asadi likes to think of his leaf artistry as a way of looking at the world differently, noticing the beauty of the nature around us in a new way. He originally began collecting fallen…

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Umbilical Cord Burning: Separating Mom & Baby at Birth with a Slow Bonding Ritual

Umbilical Cord Burning: Separating Mom & Baby at Birth with a Slow Bonding Ritual

TweetEmailIt’s common practice in the United States to have your partner, midwife or doctor cut your baby’s umbilical cord almost immediately after birth, even though…

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11 Super Easy Vegetarian and Vegan Power Foods for Breastfeeding Moms

11 Super Easy Vegetarian and Vegan Power Foods for Breastfeeding Moms

Blueberries Blueberries pack in many awesome nutrients, including an antioxidant punch to keep you healthy. For breastfeeding mamas, blueberries provide perks like carbohydrate for…

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HOW TO: Make Delicious Mediterranean Polenta Towers with Roasted Eggplant, Tomato & Basil

HOW TO: Make Delicious Mediterranean Polenta Towers with Roasted Eggplant, Tomato & Basil

1. Gather the ingredients 2 small tomatoes 1 eggplant 1 cup of polenta a handful of fresh basil leaves a pinch of marine salt and pepper Sweet balsamic sauce: 1 cup balsamic…

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5 Natural Remedies for Common Breastfeeding Issues

5 Natural Remedies for Common Breastfeeding Issues

TweetEmail 1. Engorgement/high milk supply If you’re suffering from engorged breasts, you may be producing more milk than your baby needs. Ironically, engorgement can make it…

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Policy Paper Says Wildlife Decline is Triggering Violent Crime and Child Labor Worldwide

Policy Paper Says Wildlife Decline is Triggering Violent Crime and Child Labor Worldwide

TweetEmail According to a new policy paper led by UC Berkeley researchers, published in Science, worldwide decline of wildlife populations may be directly linked to increases…

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