Toxic Free NC Tip Du Jour: Raleigh for a Harvest of Dignity

November, 23, 2010
Toxic Free NC Tip Du Jour: Raleigh for a Harvest of Dignity

“It is ironic that those who till the soil, cultivate and harvest the fruits, vegetables, and other foods that fill your tables with abundance have nothing left for themselves.” - César Chávez

Toxic Free NC Tip Du Jour: Sunscreen Shopping Guide & Federal Toxics Reform

June, 24, 2010
Toxic Free NC Tip Du Jour: Sunscreen Shopping Guide & Federal Toxics Reform

‘Tis the season for fun in the sun. Shopper’s guide to the least toxic and most effective sunscreens, plus a little call to action for anyone who’s sick of shopper’s guides and just wants the toxic junk off the shelves.

Toxic Free NC Tip of the Season: Our Favorite Green Gifts

December, 09, 2009
Toxic Free NC Tip of the Season: Our Favorite Green Gifts

The people of Toxic Free NC sound off about the best green gifts they’ve ever gotten. Greenies and people who buy presents for them, take note!

Toxic Free NC Tip of the Week (er, Month): Attack of the Cockroaches

October, 08, 2009
Toxic Free NC Tip of the Week (er, Month): Attack of the Cockroaches

Bleh, cockroaches. Do your part to preserve our species and prevent a takeover by the cockroach empire: kill roaches with least-toxic methods!

Toxic Free NC Tip of the Week: Farm Workers Talk about Pesticides

September, 11, 2009
Toxic Free NC Tip of the Week: Farm Workers Talk about Pesticides

Beautiful new video from Toxic Free NC. Features photos and interviews with tobacco workers, all from within an hour’s drive of Raleigh. (photo by A. Duncan Pardo)

Toxic Free NC Tip of the Week: Endocrine Disruptors in your Sunscreen?

August, 19, 2009
Toxic Free NC Tip of the Week: Endocrine Disruptors in your Sunscreen?

I am all about the beach this summer, and I’m learning to be all about sunscreen that doesn’t contain toxic endocrine-disrupting chemicals. The Longview pool may be closing after this week (booo!!!) and the kids may be headed back to school soon, but summer’s not over yet, darnit, and there’s still plenty of time to hit the beach! Read on for more on toxic-free sunscreens, and rock on with your tanned-not-burned self.

LOVE BUG: The Great Bug Draw Off & Art Exhibit

August, 04, 2009
LOVE BUG: The Great Bug Draw Off & Art Exhibit

Come on down to LOVE BUG: The Great Bug Draw Off at 101 Lounge + Cafe this First Friday and get yourself some cheap art for a good cause. Full artist line up - including Casey Porn (buggy self-portrait, above), Paul Friedrich, Sean Kernick, Jason Whitman and more - competition schedule, and all the details inside.

Toxic Free NC Tip of the Week: Organic on a Budget

July, 02, 2009
Toxic Free NC Tip of the Week: Organic on a Budget

Eating organic is not just for hippies, or yuppies for that matter, and it isn’t just “fancy” food, either. It’s for YOU. It’s french fries, hamburgers and apple juice just as much as it’s arugula and tofu, and it’s really important for your health, for your babies - be they actual or potential - for our environment, and for our economy. I’m serious! In this week’s Toxic Free NC Tip, I bring you some of the whys and hows of eating organic on the cheap.

Call for Artists - LOVE BUG

June, 19, 2009
Call for Artists - LOVE BUG

Can you draw a cooler bug than this dorkfest? The Great Bug Draw Off is coming up First Friday August 7th. Artists of Raleigh, this is your call - come draw bugs and help raise money for a great cause. Deets inside…

Toxic Free NC Tip of the Week: The Dangers of Round Up

June, 02, 2009
Toxic Free NC Tip of the Week: The Dangers of Round Up

So, you’ve got weeds, and no one seems to think spritzing them with Roundup is any big deal, but you’re skeptical, and well you should be. Read on for more about this crazy chemical, and some ideas for getting rid of weeds without it.

Toxic Free NC Tip of the Week: Lead (as in the heavy metal)

May, 15, 2009
Toxic Free NC Tip of the Week: Lead (as in the heavy metal)

I heartily recommend the Bain Project installation to anyone who hasn’t been out to see it yet, but - and I say this out of love - the place is full of peeling dusty corroded lead-based paint, and you should think long and hard before bringing your kids. While we’re on the subject, there are lots of misconceptions about lead poisoning - how it happens, where it happens, and even that it still happens at all. It does!! Please read on if you have kids or would like to some day.

Toxic Free NC Tip of the Week: Pesticides in Child Care

May, 01, 2009

A new report out this week called Avoiding Big Risks for Small Kids reveals that pesticides are overused in NC child care. Get the scoop on what the report says, what you should do, what questions you should ask, and more.

Toxic Free NC Tip of the Week: They’re Baaaaaack

April, 15, 2009

Fire ants and fleas and ticks, oh my! The bugs are back. Drats. Be prepared!

Toxic Free NC Tip of the Week: Farmers Markets Galore

April, 03, 2009

Hello springtime! Downtown’s Moore Square Farmers Market re-opens April 15th, with toxic-free veggies galore. Plus, the skinny on other farmers’ markets in Raleigh.

Toxic Free NC Tip of the Week: National Pesticide Forum in NC

March, 19, 2009

The 27th National Pesticide Forum - Bridge to an Organic Future! - is in Carrboro this year. It will feature such pesticide fighting rockstars as Jim Hightower, Baldemar Velásquez, and giant bug puppets from Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s awesome insect show last year. Carpool, anyone?

Toxic Free NC Tip of the Week: Toxic-Free Toiletries

March, 12, 2009

The average person encounters multiple cancer-causing chemicals before breakfast every day from their toiletries. Nar nar! Here are some tips for ingredients to avoid in your toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, make-up, etc, as well as a couple recommendations on local companies making least-toxic products.

Toxic Free NC Tip of the Week: Drain Cleaner

March, 05, 2009

Got gunk in your drain? Before you run for the toxic (and expensive) chemical products, give this a shot.

Toxic Free Tip of the Week: Cost of Tomatoes?

February, 26, 2009

Three children with birth defects; four years of investigations; three thousand dollars. The Ag-Mart case closed with a whimper last week - what a frustrating anti-climax. Get the skinny on what happened, and on the various brand names Ag-Mart’s tomatoes come under so you can avoid them if you wanna.

Toxic Free NC Tip of the Week: Triclosan

February, 11, 2009

Ditch the antibacterial hand soap, please. It’s got secret pesticides in it, and isn’t actually making your hands any cleaner than old fashioned “anti-dirt” soap. Read more about the tons of consumer products that contain triclosan, and get tips for avoiding it.

Toxic Free NC Tip of the Week: Toxic Junk Food

February, 03, 2009

Turns out, it’s more like high MERCURY corn syrup. Yikes!

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