It is that time of the year again when families across Canada shop for new school supplies for their children. Back-to-school shopping can be overwhelming, but don’t forget to equip your kids with toxic-free lunch boxes and water bottles. Healthy lunches and snacks are about more than just veggies and whole grains – avoiding nasty chemicals in the packaging is also key for your kid’s health.
It seems you can’t open a newspaper these days without seeing an article about obesity, or recommendations for getting kids to be more active. But parents may be surprised to learn that while diet and exercise are important factors in a healthy lifestyle, certain chemicals that kids are exposed to every day could also be having an impact on their weight.
Scientists have found that some chemicals known to be endocrine disruptors, meaning substances that can mimic or interfere with hormones, are also “obesogens.”
Over the last two decades, recycling has become a part of life for many Canadian families. Statistics Canadareports that recycling has several environmental and financial benefits: it prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials, reduces the amount of wastes sent to the landfills, conserves natural resources, saves energy and creates employment opportunities for our population.
4 ways to reduce what goes to your recycling bin - because recycling is still waste!
May 24, 2016
When curb side recycling was introduced, it took some getting used to. But it quickly became habit - it feels good to avoid sending recyclables to landfill! But recycling also gives us a false sense of success. Yes, it's definitely better than landfill, but even better is to reduce your amount of waste overall - and that includes recyclables and even compost. Here are 3 tips to reduce what you send to the recycle bin.
Flame retardants sound like a good thing, but more and more scientific evidence is finding they can be harmful—especially when it comes to kids.
Scientists have learned that some chemicals applied to furniture and household items to slow down the spread of fire aren’t saving lives and can actually make smoke more toxic. One type of flame retardants, PBDEs, are also linked to lower IQs in babies and disrupt thyroid function.
So, here’s what I’m thinking: I’m thinking that we have a serious problem at our house. Namely, we have way too many t-shirts. For some reason, we are in a season of the t-shirt glut (**full disclosure: that “some reason” is actually my husband who can’t, ever, pass up a good free t-shirt). Sometimes it feels like I’m living in a Robert Munsch book and I’m worried that one day all the t-shirts that are jammed beyond capacity in drawers and left unceremoniously in piles on the floor are going to join forces and potentially do me some t-shirt kind of harm.
The Earth's temperature is getting warmer, and the signs can be observed around the globe. Rain and snow patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, more droughts are being documented and warmer ocean waters are being recorded. As global temperatures continue to rise, scientific projectionsindicate that climate change could affect people, animals and ecosystems in a number of ways.
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