Sprout Baby – Love Your Baby, Love the Planet

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Sprout Baby sells organic and natural products for babies and moms. When Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) interviewed founder Jody Sherman by phone, we learned about the process the company uses to vet products for sale on their site. We also learned that the story behind this baby products company has an unusual — and heart-tugging — twist….

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Environmental Working Group Gets “Feisty” about Chemical Pollution

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Recently, Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) wrote in praise of the Environmental Working Group (EWG), and encouraged readers to consider supporting the important work of this nonprofit organization. Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking with Ken Cook, who heads EWG. I wanted to know about EWG’s history, its major areas of focus, and what he sees as the most critical issue on the group’s docket today. — Publisher

COOK: I started the Environmental Working Group in the early 1990s, with my colleague Richard Wiles, whom I consider to be a co-founder of the organization. He brought to us a lot of talent — in particular, a great deal of information, knowledge, and experience on toxic chemicals, specifically pesticides…

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Green Living Takes Recycled Clothing from Shabby to Chic

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Until recently, I never really considered buying used clothing, much less used kids’ clothing, but somewhere along the path of saving money and doing good for the planet I wound up in a used-clothing store. I was amazed by the buried treasures and great prices, and ever since, I’ve been hooked. I’m just one person who has reconsidered my view of used clothing shops — but I’m one of many.

Between watching the news and chatting with my girlfriends, it’s become obvious to me that many people have caught on to the idea of buying gently used clothing and other items. They not only save money, they also reduce their use of virgin natural resources. A practice that was once considered a faux pas is now common — and even a bragging right, when the discussion turns to the importance of going green…

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Is Your Fish High in Mercury? Safe Harbor Knows

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I once heard a story about a lonely man who ate a tuna sandwich for lunch every day for 20 years. His cause of death? Mercury poisoning. I can’t say if this is true or not, but it certainly gets the point across: There could be something fishy in your fish…

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Healthy Child Healthy World – Inspiring Positive Action for Kids’ Sake

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Whatever question you may have about the environment and its health effects on children, Healthy Child Healthy World is a place where you’ll find well-researched, thoughtful, and practical answers. We are impressed by the work that the folks at Healthy Child Healthy World are doing, and are pleased to share with you our interview with Christopher Gavigan, CEO. He and his team are continuing the work Nancy and Jim Chuda began when they co-founded the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, following the death of their only child, Colette, to environmentally caused cancer.

GAVIGAN: It doesn’t take much in a conversation with any parent, no matter how old the child, to see that their top priority is their children’s health and, certainly, their happiness. If you ask any pregnant mom, she says, “I just want it to be a healthy baby.” That sentiment is so powerful, and every new set of parents can rally around this thought.

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National Children’s Study to Assess Environment and Genetics

January 15, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Front Page, Iowa, Pregnancy, Scientists, U.S.

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In a press release yesterday, the National Institutes of Health announced that the first Vanguard Center of the National Children’s Study had begun recruiting volunteers. Yesterday, we interviewed Dr. Phil Landrigan, who will lead the Queens, New York, site. In yesterday’s post, Landmark National Children’s Study Launches in US, Dr. Landrigan explained the purpose of the study and drew parallels with the Framingham Stroke Study.

Today, we bring you Dr. Jeff Murray, neonatologist and medical geneticist. Dr. Murray will be principal investigator for the Polk County, Iowa, research site, which is expected to begin recruiting participants in 2011. He provides us with insights into how the study will work on a local level. In future posts, we’ll introduce you to other researchers who are involved in the National Children’s Study and announce findings as they are released.

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Landmark National Children’s Study Launches in US

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The National Children’s Study is the largest study of children’s health that’s ever been undertaken in this country. It’s what we call a prospective epidemiologic study, which means it’s going to enroll moms very early in pregnancy and follow the children out to at least age 21.

The goal of the study is to identify factors in the environment that cause disease in children, like autism and childhood cancer, attention deficit disorder, asthma, diabetes, birth defects, prematurity, and low birth weight.

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