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Loving low-residue laundering !

Posted by paula on Aug 31, 2009 in Product Recommendation, Sustainable Parenting

I was always the first to laugh at the idea of being “addicted to cloth nappying.” No way! No matter how many times I heard that said, I always assumed it was some kind of… …evidence of being a little unhinged? Well, here I am, five months down the track, writing a serious post about laundry. The uninitiated should find this a useful primer, and there might even be something in here for the experienced nappier too. Read more…

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Phthlt, who cares about phthalates?

Posted by paula on Aug 3, 2009 in Health, Product Recommendation

Have you seen children’s waterproofs labelled “NO PVC” ? Or perhaps you’ve heard that you shouldn’t re-use plastic water bottles, shouldn’t microwave in plastic, or shouldn’t leave plastic in the car? You’ve probably heard the advice before and , like me, didn’t know why. Well, these thing are likely to have been suggestions to help you avoid phthalates, the potentially endocrine-disrupting plasticisers. Read more…

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The great nappy scam

Posted by rosanne on Jul 13, 2009 in Product Recommendation, Sustainable Parenting

A recent e-mail offered a “great deal”: three reusable nappies for $60! Given that $60 would have paid for all 24 of our old-fashioned cloth squares, I thought that was an outrageous rip-off. Especially given what I know about what’s really used to make them. And don’t even talk to me about “biosposies”! Read more…

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Wrapped in Plastic

Posted by paula on Jun 29, 2009 in Health

We all want the best for our children, but it’s hard to know what we’re feeding them sometimes, especially when not everything that’s in the food is actually listed on the label. How is that possible? Sometimes the culprit is the food container itself.

For example, Bisphenol A (BPA) is an ingredient in plastics which are currently defined as food-grade. Minute amounts of BPA are believed to have a hormone-like effect on the body’s endocrine system, possibly causing chronic toxicity, and a bunch of other things (see this Wikipedia page for much more detail, including a list of studies). Read more…

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