Study Finds Babies Born to Healthy Mothers are Extremely Similar in Size Worldwide

by 07/18/14   filed under: health & body, prenatal

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In the past, researchers have suggested that ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ are the two factors most largely responsible for the vast differences in the size of babies born in different populations and countries around the world. Now, a new study shows that the health of the mother may play a much more vital role than race and ethnicity. The landmark international study, was led by Oxford University researchers and involved almost 60,000 pregnancies in eight urban areas in Brazil, China, India, Italy, Kenya, Oman, the UK and USA — and amazingly shows that while there are hugely wide disparities in the average size of babies at birth worldwide, it doesn’t have to be this way. Results of the new study found that mothers who are healthy, educated and receive proper nutrition all have babies that are strikingly similar in size at birth, thus revealing how important and vital the prenatal care of mothers should be worldwide.

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13 Amazing Sand Sculptures That Will Inspire Kids to Get Building at the Beach

by 07/18/14   filed under: art, green family

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7 Green Crafts that are Perfect for Playdates

by 07/17/14   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts, eco play, green kids, how-to

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Babywearing Ballet Class Lets Moms Dance Their Way to Fitness with Baby on Board

by 07/17/14   filed under: babywearing, health & body

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Ready to relax, spend time out of the house, and maybe even lose some baby weight? Yes? Well, if you live in Tustin, California, then Babywearing Ballet might be just what you need. Babywearing Ballet is an easy-going exercise class designed for moms AND babies – perfect if you’ve got a newborn and you’re ready to get out of the house more, but just aren’t comfortable with the idea of leaving your baby with a babysitter yet. Each Babywearing Ballet class is 45-minutes spent with other moms and babies dancing, toning, stretching, bonding and socializing. In most cases moms in the class wear a secure baby carrier but if  you have a toddling baby, you can allow him out of his baby carrier so he can dance or toddle about on his own. Because the class is set up specifically for moms, stopping for a break to nurse or change your baby is totally ok too. See a class in session after the jump!

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8 Ways for Toddlers to Venture Outdoors, Even on Warm Summer Days

by 07/17/14   filed under: eco play, eco toddler, green kids, kids entertainment, parenting

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Green Mom Launches ECOlunchbox & Debuts Ocean-Friendly, Plastic-Free Bento Collection

by 07/16/14   filed under: baby feeding, eco toddler, green baby, green baby gifts, green family, green kids, kid friendly, kids health

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As awareness of the perils of plastics grows, an eco mom business is responding with the release of a new plastic-free and ocean-friendly lunchware collection designed to help families pack lunch without plastic. “Lunchtime is a great time for families to think twice about plastic habits,” says Sandra Ann Harris, who founded ECOlunchbox to make available plastic-free lunchware that’s healthy for people and the planet.

With its colorful blue silicone lid (note: lids are made from silicone instead of plastic for healthier people and planet) and a humpback whale swimming across its packaging through information bubbles and ocean jokes, the look of the company’s aquatic-themed Splash Box is decidedly more modern and contemporary than the classic artisanal ECOlunchbox line. The silicone lid offers the “leak-free convenience of a plastic lid without the plastic,” Harris explains. “You can literally start saving our oceans at lunchtime.” Silicone is a non-toxic and plastic-free material made from silica, which is also used to manufacture glass. The Splash Box™ bento lunch box coordinates with three Blue Water Bento organic cotton lunch sacks featuring: a blue whale, a green dolphin and an orange sea horse. “It’s shocking how much plastic washes up on our shores,” said Angela Haseltine Pozzi whose non-profit organization Washed Ashore builds educational sculptures from plastic marine debris. “I love what ECOlunchbox has done with their new Blue Water Bento collection,” Pozzi said,“because it directly connects the dots between our behavior as humans and how using less plastic can help out the critters in our oceans and the environment in general.”

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Graco My Size 65 Convertible Car Seat Contains a Flame Retardant That Has Been Subject to a Global Ban by the UN

by 07/15/14   filed under: toxins, transportation

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As part of the HealthyStuff.org #ToxicFreeCarSeats campaign, HealthyStuff ran some early testing on the Graco My Size 65 Convertible Car Seat and found that it contains several dangerous chemicals that you certainly don’t want near your child. To identify the chemical hazards in this car seat, HealthyStuff ran multiple tests for flame retardants on various parts of the car seat and found two flame retardants in the product’s upholstery including a thin PU foam layer (laminated to green textile): Triethyl phosphate, Tris (2-butoxyethyl) phosphate (TBEP) and EPS foam: 5,110 ppm Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD). Furthermore, one of the flame retardants is subject to a global ban by the UN. The car seat’s buckle and harness straps contained very low levels and exterior plastics tested very clean. However, HealthyStuff notes that the  hard EPS foam in the car seat contained high levels of bromine (Br) in addition to significant levels of Antimony (another flame retardant chemical). See the full results of the Graco chemical hazards test here. You can help fund HealthyStuff’s endeavors to test many more car seats for chemical hazards by contributing to their Testing Children’s Car Seats for Toxic Chemicals campaign. Remember, even though many car seats contain harmful chemicals you should ALWAYS use a car seat! See one safer car seat choice.

+ Testing Children’s Car Seats for Toxic Chemicals

+ HealthyStuff

 

EPA Proposes Ban of HFCs in Cars & Grocery Stores to Help Halt Global Warming

by 07/15/14   filed under: news, toxins

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just announced a proposal that would ban the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) where climate-friendly alternatives are available instead. HFCs are a group of man-made chemicals containing the elements carbon, hydrogen and fluorine and were first used as refrigerants, mainly to help replace ozone destroying chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). The problem is, now HFCs are found in so many products, including mobile air conditioners, food refrigeration systems, foam blowers, and aerosol propellants, which is very bad news for people and the environment. HFC’s are extremely potent greenhouse gases with global warming potentials hundreds to thousands of times higher than CO2 — and they are even sometimes called, “super greenhouse gases” because, as Think Global Green puts it, “the combined effect of their high use and high global warming potential could undercut the benefits expected from the reduction of other greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide.” This ban will be the second major step in the EPA’s continued effort to reduce HFCs under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan (pdf) and complements an earlier action EPA proposed to expand the list of climate-friendly alternatives for refrigeration and air conditioning under its SNAP Program. According to the EPA, this ban will cut the equivalent of 42 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is clearly significant. The first bans would start in 2016 while mobile air conditioning HFC bans would start in 2020 for new 2021 model cars.

+ EPA Fact Sheet on the proposed rule (pdf)

+ Primer on HFCs

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14 Dreamy Kids' Rooms That Have Us Yearning for Childhood

14 Dreamy Kids' Rooms That Have Us Yearning for Childhood

1. Enchanted Forest Nursery From the tiny lights that twinkle like fireflies to curtains that swing from real tree limbs and a lily pad bed, everything about this little girl’s…

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Research Links Popular Pesticides to Declining Bird Population

Research Links Popular Pesticides to Declining Bird Population

TweetEmailNew research that some are dubbing a second “Silent Spring” shows that neonicotinoid insecticides have an adverse effect on non-target invertebrate…

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New Bill Proposes Ban on Using Known Toxin BPA in Food Packaging

New Bill Proposes Ban on Using Known Toxin BPA in Food Packaging

TweetEmailDemocrats in both chambers of Congress have introduced a bill that would ban Bisephenol-A, (BPA) from all food packaging. Reps. Lois Capps (Calif.) and Grace Meng…

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Artist David Zinn's Magical Chalk Drawings Spring to Life on the Streets of Ann Arbor

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TweetEmail Zinn’s street art is of the temporary variety, washing away with the rain, snow or a simple street cleaner. His ground-level murals and installations are made from…

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Child Laborers May Have Made Your Samsung Smartphone

Child Laborers May Have Made Your Samsung Smartphone

TweetEmailOver 20,000 individuals took action with Green America in March, asking the Apple company to improve labor conditions in its supplier factories, and it turns out…

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Mechanic Builds One-of-a-Kind, Adult-Sized Little Tikes Cozy Coupe That Can Reach 60mph!

Mechanic Builds One-of-a-Kind, Adult-Sized Little Tikes Cozy Coupe That Can Reach 60mph!

  Although aging is inevitable, maturing is clearly optional. English mechanic, John Bitmead knows that nostalgic toys have the potential of becoming even more sentimental and…

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HOW TO: Upcycle an Old Step 2 Car into a Shiny New Batmobile!

HOW TO: Upcycle an Old Step 2 Car into a Shiny New Batmobile!

TweetEmail Items needed: Used Step 2 car Latex gloves face mask Cardboard or spill mat 2 Plastic spray paint cans- I used Rust-Oleum 211338 Paint For Plastic Spray Batman…

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HOW TO: Make Silky Avocado & Coconut Mousse

HOW TO: Make Silky Avocado & Coconut Mousse

1. Gather the ingredients 3 cups of almond milk (or any vegan milk) 2 cups of unsweetened coconut milk 1/2 cup of brown sugar 1 avocado 2 tsp of lemon juice Toppings: 1 tsp of…

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Enchanting Fairy Doors Strewn Throughout the City of Ann Arbor Delight Local Children

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Wright originally started building his whimsical and realistic fairy doors at home as part of interactive story time with his own children. Realizing how much the little doors…

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BOOK INSPIRED FOOD: Make Vegan Peach Ice Cream Inspired by "James and the Giant Peach"

BOOK INSPIRED FOOD: Make Vegan Peach Ice Cream Inspired by "James and the Giant Peach"

1. Gather the ingredients. 1/2 cup raw cashews 2 small or 1 large ripe peach 2-3 Tbsp maple syrup, or to taste depending on the sweetness of your peaches 1/2 tsp almond extract…

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