Roundups

12 Safe Options for Outdoor Dishes

They won't break, look great, and are sure to be perfect for you outdoor gatherings

Getting ready for some outdoor parties this summer? Maybe a BBQ or a pool party. Well, instead of picking up some brightly colored melamine plates (read this to learn why you might want to skip the melamine), check out these stainless steel, enamel, glass and wooden options. They are all light weight, hard to break, and will make your outdoor entertaining photos look on point.


a) Corelle tempered glass dinner plates b) CB2 stainless steel dinner plates c) acacia wood dinner plates d) Magnolia enamel dinner plates e) CB2 enamel serving bowls f) silicone serving bowls g) CB2 teak wood serving bowls h) Klean Kanteen insulated stainless steel growler i) enamel pitcher j) stainless steel cups and straws k) Duralex tempered glass cups l) stainless steel stemless wine glasses


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Family

Why You Should Wash Those Tiny Hands Every Time Before Meals

Even if you've been home all day, their hands look clean, and your baby is a saint!

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Even if it's noon and you haven't managed to leave the house, it's still a good idea to wash your kiddo's hands before they start eating. Of course it's an especially good idea to prevent colds and for obvious dirt and grime from playing in the sand box. But it's also a good idea because a common place people don't often realize they are being exposed to contaminants and potential toxics is in their household dust. We know, gross!

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Roundups

6 Non-Toxic Hand Sanitizers

Tough on germs, without unnecessary yucky chemicals

Whether it's flu season or you're changing a poopy diaper on the go, hand sanitizer can be a life saver. But a lot of commercial hand sanitizers can contain fragrances and some pretty gross chemicals. To make sure you're getting the best possible product, we reviewed a ton of options and made sure they're easy to find at stores. There are options for gels, sprays, and wipes and lots of yummy smells like lavender or coconut and lemon, or just simply fragrance free if you want something simple. Try out several and stash them in places where you might need them, like the car, a favorite purse, backpack, or laptop bag. All of our non-toxic hand sanitizer recommendations are safer for you but super tough on germs!

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The Lowdown on Leather: the Good, the Bad, and the Surprising Alternative Leather Options

A breakdown of the most sustainable and non-toxic leather products out there


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How Budget Jewelry Could Be Messing with Your Health

The problems with cadmium and how you can avoid this cheap filler metal

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8 Non-Toxic All-Purpose Cleaners

Vetted to be safe for your health and great at cleaning

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Making a simple swap from plastic makes a HUGE difference

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An easy way to get stink-free trash without the scented bags

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