Food

Why Food-Prep Gloves at Restaurants Might Make Eating Out Extra Unhealthy

What you can do about the plastic gloves used to handle and serve food that are contaminating your restaurant meal

Despite all of the healthy eating Instagrammers we follow, we all eat out sometimes. Because life, job, kids…exhaustion. Sometimes grabbing something to eat, whether fast food or take out, is the only thing keeping you going. Plus it's healthier than eating a bowl of cereal for dinner, right?

But the more we found ourselves eating out, the more we wondered: other than perhaps added salt and fat, by eating out, are we exposing ourselves to chemicals? There are a lot of steps behind the scenes before you get your melty sandwich or burger. One of these steps is that food service workers handle and serve your food with plastic gloves, some of which are made with vinyl—which can contain toxic chemicals called phthalates (THAL-eights).

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Life

Hey Target, We’re Expecting More

This time is from your receipt paper

Calling all Target shoppers out there! Did you actually remember to buy that thing you went for? Yeah, me neither. Oh well! We'll be back. But next time you go back, I've got a little task for you. Pay attention when you are checking out. Not to the items you bought, or the chapstick in the checkout lane, but to what happens at the end of your transaction. Chances are the cashier hands you a printed receipt and says have a nice day. While this seems completely normal, taking that receipt could be negatively impacting your health. Typical receipt paper is coating in BPA powder which helps make sure they can be printed quickly and not smear.

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Family

ABC - Arsenic in Baby Cereal?

Help make ABC stand for All Babies Celebrate!

Some of the most common snacks for babies are rice based. That's because it's mild in flavor and easy for tiny tummies to digest. But, rice is also one of the foods that has the highest concentration of arsenic. This just has to do with the way that rice grows - it's really good at absorbing arsenic from the environment around it - but there should be other options for baby food.

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Home

Make Painting Healthier

Add your voice asking Lowe's and Walmart to stop selling deadly chemicals

UPDATE AUG 21: Walmart has now also agreed to also remove these paint strippers from their stores in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and more. This makes 4 large retailers (Lowe's, The Home Depot, Walmart, and Sherwin-Williams) who have pledged to remove the dangerous products.

Now, organizations are asking Ace Hardware to do the same. Add your name to the new petition today.

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Ever wonder what makes your shampoo smell so good or your lipstick that perfect shade of red? Well, turns out, very few people know except for the companies that make those smells or colors. That's because companies aren't required to share the ingredients in personal care products. It seems like something the FDA should be able to look into, but the regulations on what the FDA can check haven't been updated since 1938. And trust us, the science behind those smells and colors has changed a lot in the last 80 years.

But, we can change that! And, Kourtney is doing her best to help push those changes along, too. So, here's you chance to actually do something like a Kardashian - add you name to this petition. You will help send this letter to a committee in Congress telling them that you think there should be more testing on these personal care products than just what industry funded organization do on their own (right now that's the only way products are tested for safety). Products that we use on our bodies every day shouldn't be able to contain ingredients that have been linked to birth defects, reproductive harm, infertility, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer. But, without ingredient disclosures, it's hard to know which products contain those chemicals. The FDA should know that the ingredients are safe and the companies should have to share those ingredients openly like other industries do, which is exactly what this petition is asking Senators to make the law say.

Make your voice heard and let's get Congress to update some of these rules to help make the personal care products we use every day safer.

Food

Care about Coffee?

Take 30 seconds to urge Starbucks to keep us feeling healthy and caffeinated

Be real, how often do you go to Starbucks in week? No matter what that number is - 10 or 1 or even just once a year- I'm sure you can get behind them living up to their promise. What promise am I talking about? It doesn't have anything to do with their secret menu or the precious PSL. It has to do with their promise to change their cups to ones that are healthier for you and the world.

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By now, you have probably read a few of our articles mentioning flame retardants. Over the years they have ended up in a variety of products in an effort to make them safer, and not catch on fire. But, since then, we have learned a lot more about them... and it's not good news.

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Family

Buying a Car Seat is Already Confusing Enough

Tell Graco to make the decision easier by removing flame retardants

When shopping for a car seat, the decision should be all about what is safest for your baby and what works for your family. You shouldn't have to worry about what chemicals are hiding in the car seat, too.

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