“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
‘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.
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!
Bleh, cockroaches. Do your part to preserve our species and prevent a takeover by the cockroach empire: kill roaches with least-toxic methods!
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)
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Fire ants and fleas and ticks, oh my! The bugs are back. Drats. Be prepared!
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.
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?
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.
Got gunk in your drain? Before you run for the toxic (and expensive) chemical products, give this a shot.
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.
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.
Turns out, it’s more like high MERCURY corn syrup. Yikes!
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