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    Fertility and More: How Flame Retardants in Our Homes Affect Our Health

    Chemical flame retardants are in electronics, children’s pyjamas, car seats, mattresses, carpeting, and most other petrochemical-based materials (i.e. foam, polyester, etc.). Halogenated flame retardants have been around for 40 years, and we are now learning how hazardous they are to our health. In fact, they are found in just about everyone across North America, at concentrations that are…


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    mini mioche and More: Organic Kids’ Clothes You’ll Love

      You know about organic food, but did you know you can get organic clothing too? Organic clothing, especially for kids, is increasing in popularity – even big brands like Costco’s Kirkland label and H&M sell organic. But what do those…


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  • How CertClean Wants to Detox Your Bathroom

    A few weeks ago on the blog, I shared tips on replacing your toiletries – what to do with your conventional products once you’ve decided to make the switch to healthier alternatives. But what if you know you want to make the switch, but don’t know how to choose better…


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  • Green Hidden Gems – Part 2

    Here’s Part 2 in my series, where I share with you small businesses that you probably haven’t heard of – but that deserve to be “found”. I focus on products and services that are doing their part to lower their footprint, while delivering greener, healthier services and products to their communities (and beyond). You can read about the jeweler, baby wearing expert, and resale clothing shop I featured in my…


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    What’s in Fragrance and Parfum

    HINT: Mountain air and meadow flowers are not actually used in your air freshener. We’ve been sold on the idea of a clean smell. So we use air fresheners, room sprays, plug-ins, candles and dryer sheets to add fragrance to our home. But the ingredients used to create those “Mountain Fresh”, “Spring Meadow”, and “Lavender Vanilla” scents are not as natural…


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    What is the Best Natural Sunscreen?

    I hear a lot of people asking about the best natural sunscreen. Being a fair-skinned redhead, sunscreen is a big part of my life. In my opinion, it’s also the hardest product to switch from chemical to natural brands. Conventional sunscreens are full of additives and some chemical sunscreen ingredients are identified as carcinogens. However, these chemicals are often what gives…


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    Green Hidden Gems: Toronto Edition (Part 1)

    I love shopping locally and supporting small businesses. Even when it was in Toronto, I never went to Target – I didn’t go out of my way or make a conscious vow to avoid it, I just never felt the need. There are so many great people in my community doing great things, and probably in yours too. But in the age of internet shopping and trips to big box plazas in…


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  • How to Choose Natural Baby Care Products

    Since many labelling terms aren’t regulated (like “natural” and “non-toxic”), it can be hard to determine whether they are true or part of a greenwashing campaign – unless you know how to read ingredient lists. But between chemical names and scientific names of botanicals, it can be quite daunting when you start paying attention to labels. To help get you started, here…


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    Budget-Friendly Nursery Tips

    As soon I found out I was pregnant I started planning what we needed for the baby. I love planning in general, but found it very easy to get carried away – retailers and manufacturers have done a very good job at making us feel like we need everything that’s on store shelves. Don’t…


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    How to Choose a Sunscreen

    While looking down the sunscreen aisle at the drug store, I instantly became frozen with product overload. And yet most recommendations for selecting a “safe” sunscreen include “read the labels”. I would need a 24-hour store to get through them all! So how do you choose a sunscreen? There are many good sources out there with tips on…


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