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Color Your World Without Harmful Odors

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on June 18th, 2014 Tags: ,

A fresh coat of paint is an easy and inexpensive way to change the look of your home. In a day, you can make a room go from dull to dazzling. I remember when we bought our house — the bathrooms were painted a shade of Pepto-Bismol pink that made everyone sick. We were so happy to paint them bright white with soothing pale green…

Safer Soaps for Cleaner Clothes

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on May 7th, 2014 Tags: ,

I used to love the smell of detergent wafting through the house on laundry days. But as I’ve learned more about what makes detergent smell so good, I’ve become more careful about which ones I use. Detergents, like many other scented products, tend to include lots of chemicals that may affect our health.

It didn’t surprise me that scents with names like “alpine meadows,” “mountain…

Want to Buy Products That Line Up With Your Values? There Are Sites and Apps for That!

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on February 6th, 2013 Tags: , ,

I’m strongly committed to buying products that are free of toxic chemicals and made by socially responsible companies that care about the environment. But sticking to this plan isn’t easy. It takes time and attention to detail to do research on the companies and their products. And sometimes, even though I know what I want to buy, the product isn’t in my local store. So…

Make Your Own Cleaning Products

By Ed Begley, Jr. on November 29th, 2012 Tags: ,

Breastcancer.org is proud to present content from The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time by Laurie David and Kirstin Uhrenholdt. Laurie is a very special friend and champion of Breastcancer.org. The Family Dinner features ideas for meal planning as well as eco-conscious choices you can make every day. We’re pleased to share the following contribution to the…

Greener Ways to Keep Bugs at Bay

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on August 22nd, 2012 Tags: ,

Here in the Northeast United States, we’re in the thick of summer, which means all sorts of creepy, crawly, flying things are lurking outside our house waiting to bite me. Or they’re trying to get inside the house so they can crawl on me or bite me. Either way, I know I’m the intended target. While other people are leisurely sipping ice tea at backyard…

Ditching Disposable Dishes for Good

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on July 25th, 2012 Tags: , ,

Summer, for me, means picnics on the beach, barbecues poolside, lunch on a hike, and late dinners on my back porch. Anything to get outside and enjoy the warmth and fresh air. The only downside — besides sometimes the mosquitoes — is that this often means giving up metal silverware, ceramic plates, and real glasses for their disposable substitutes: plastic utensils and cups, as well…

Keeping Medicine Out of the Water

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on April 4th, 2012 Tags: , ,

Researchers have found traces of medicines, from both people and animals, in surface water and drinking water supplies.

The medicines can get in the water supply in many ways. Old medicine is often flushed down toilets (for years we were told to do this; now we know it’s not a good idea). A second source is our own bodies: People who take medicines end up…

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