Today's "EcoMom" movement brings together communities of parents struggling to raise children while reducing the effect that their households' waste and energy use have on the environment. EcoMoms— who these days are rarely homemakers — share composting tips and ethical product recommendations, making green living not just a family activity, but a community one.
February 20, 2008
Children and youth genre publisher, Scholastic (bringing us the Harry Potter series), set the bar higher for publishers in announcing its intention to use more managed forest-certified and recycled paper in its books, magazines and fliers. The publishing giant also announced a new website, Scholastic’s Act Green—for educating kids on ecological, environmental and socially responsible issues. In 2007, the company stood out by printing the seventh Harry Potter book on post-consumer waste paper.
January 11, 2008
According to a new report, an epoxy resin that lines the cans of baby formula is present at an unsafe level and may later cause reproductive problems. The resin, Bisphenol A, is found in liquid-type formulas, such as Good Start, Similac and Enfamil (manufactured by Nestle, Ross-Abott and MeadJohnson).
January 1, 2008
The National Labor Committee dropped a 60-page bombshell on Target and Wal-Mart yesterday, uncovering labor abuses at a factory in China's Guangzhou province that produces Christmas ornaments for the retailers. The NLC's report details numerous violations including the employment of children as young as 12, working 10, 12 and 15-hour days, seven days a week, for less than China's minimum wage.
December 13, 2007
There is no question that dollar stores provide bargains and more consumers have started to look toward them for basic needs. Yet, dollar stores bargains are accompanied by products that may be health hazards. Consumer Reports tested some of the more popular products bought from dollar stores and found both bargains and dangers.
November 24, 2007