Science

Do Those Recycling Codes Mean Anything?

Actually yes, and they can tell you quite a lot

You know how you can flip over a yogurt container (or really any container) and see that little recycle triangle? Well, if you look even closer, there is an even tinier number inside that triangle. You might think those numbers are just for the people at the recycling plant, but if you know what to look for, they can actually tell you quite a lot.


Each of those numbers tells you what type of plastic was used to make the packaging (yes, there is more than one type of plastic, crazy we know!). If you know what material was used to make the plastic, it can actually give you a hint about how healthy the plastic is for you. But, we don't expect you to do that research or know it all off the top of your head, so to help you out, we put together this handy reference chart. It explains what each number means, and breaks it down very clearly to say if that plastic is considered safe or not. So, now you can check the leftover yogurt container and decide if you want to use it as an extra tupperware or just recycle that one.

Wine🍷 We completely agree. When we shop for wine, we are looking for a couple of things, our favorite varietal, bang for the buck, AND that the grapes were grown organically. Like any other crop, grapes for wine are often grown with pesticides as well. That's why we opt for wines with grapes grown organically to help limit our regular pesticide encounters. Click through to learn more about all the confusing labels and what they mean.
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Roundups

12 Non-Toxic Dishwasher Detergents

the safest, healthiest, best reviewed options for getting your dirty dishes clean

We did the work for you and researched all the safe, non-toxic options for dropping in the dishwasher with all those dirty dishes. Don't worry, they will come out sparkly clean without any yucky chemicals. And, for the dishes that can't go in the dishwasher, check out these safe dish soap options.

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So first off, what are they? Essential oils are what make certain plants and fruits smell the way they do. Those little bottles we are used to seeing them in now is what happens after they have been carefully extracted from the plant and bottled. It's important to realize that it can take hundreds of pounds the real life plants to get enough essential oil to fill those little brown bottles we are so used to seeing. So, basically, that means essential oils are super strong.

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15 Non-Toxic Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Fun, healthy, safe, and great for those budding imaginations

You can pat yourself on the back for bringing these non-toxic toys into your home or gifting them to friends. These are the highest rated, healthiest toys for your growing little one. Not only did we make sure that the materials are safe, but we made sure parents like you love these toys. All the toys here are great for revving up their imagination and creativity and are made to last. If you're looking for something for a newborn or a baby under 1, here are our top picks for best non-toxic newborn toys.

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Home

Holiday Decorating without the Plastic

Zero waste, better for your health, and timeless

With Halloween solidly in the rearview mirror, the Holiday season is officially upon us. This also means that decorations are popping up everywhere. No matter where you go, stores are full of aisles stuffed with holiday decorations. While all of these cute baubles and tchotchkes might help you set the scene for your big family dinner, after the fact they are probably going to end up in the trash. If you are good about organizing, they might end up in a holiday box for next year, but chances are you will forget you had them and just get new ones again. To help you overcome the cycle and still fill your home with some adorable, fun, easy to reuse holiday decorations, we created a list of some of our favorite plastic-free holiday decorations.

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Food

Say No to Non-Stick Without Saying No to Eggs!

Why the extra effort to cook without non-stick is worth it

Ugh, and there it goes, your non-stick pan just can't survive another round of frying up your favorite eggs for brunch. You've avoided this for as long as you can, but you just can't put it off any longer. Yup, you have to go shopping for pots and pans. If the thought of choosing between the seemingly hundreds of different brands promising different things scares you, we get it! I mean, who wants to try and figure out the difference between non-toxic and toxic cooking pans between running errands and going grocery shopping? We're here to help you cut down on your shopping time and anxiety!

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Family

Non-Toxic Travel Cribs and Playards

No need to worry about flame retardants or other scary chemicals here

Whether it's your first weekend away from home as a family or you just want them to be able to play near you in the kitchen while you are cooking, you can breathe easy knowing your little one is safe in one of these non-toxic travel cribs and playards. We made sure they were all free from unsafe chemicals and that they were well reviewed in the parent community.

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