Here's a new study on bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging from our friends at the Breast Cancer Fund, who worked with Silent Spring Institute on this groundbreaking study just published in Environmental Health Perspectives:
Women are the largest group of consumers, and can effect change through our purchasing habits. When we buy laundry detergent made without optical brighteners, or tampons made with 100% organic cotton, we are demanding change.
Congratulations, dear Kate! You're about to marry that handsome Prince William bloke and become an honest-to-goodness princess. That's jolly good, but I should warn you that becoming royalty has a serious downside. Instead of a tidy London flat, you and the groom will soon have an entire castle to clean.
A few weeks ago my nephew came down to breakfast wearing a shirt that looked like it belonged to his little brother. Short at the cuffs, tight around the neck, no big deal, right? Except my nephew doesn't have a little brother and the shirt was one I had purchased for him -- in the right size -- the week before. What my nephew does have is a teenager's body that refuses to stop growing.
These days, too many of our friends and neighbors have too little. This is especially true where struggling families are concerned. It costs about $11,000 a year to raise a child, but one in four families earn less than that. So we came up with a quick and simple way for all of us to help these moms and dads using nothing more than our cell phones.
When my son began toting home his first finger paintings from preschool, every piece brought tears to my eyes and was clearly destined for framed display. Some actually did make it up on the walls, thanks to blue painter's tape. Yet alas, for all my good intentions, most of the paper ended up stacked in a cabinet, stored away for future curating.
When I was a young girl I didn't dare talk to anyone about the changes my body was going through. I find it fascinating that one generation later my 13-year-old daughter can laugh, giggle, and even have a serious discussion about her body.
You want me to host what? That was my response when Seventh Generation asked me to throw a tea party for my 13-year-old daughter and her friends where the topic would be feminine hygiene products. We'd also talk about feminine care around the world, and the case of girls in Rwanda who miss five days of school each month because they can't afford sanitary pads.