When eco-minded people become parents, it seems like they frequently become even bigger green freaks. I know that’s been true for my partner and me since we embarked on the journey to parenthood last year – decisions around our house that used to be made based on a variety of factors have become green mandates. I admit to having once spent most of a Saturday night early in my pregnancy researching every personal care product we use on the Cosmetics Safety Database and finding replacements for the bad-scorers.
So for parents who’ve gone VOC-free on the paint, made the switch to organic foods, gotten pesticides and other toxic chemicals out of the house… what about the other places the kids hang out all day long? Like their school? Child care center?
While there is a concerted effort going on around the country to clean up hazardous pollutants in our schools, child care centers seem to be lagging behind. I work at Toxic Free North Carolina, who just put out a new report (for which I can’t take any credit): Avoiding Big Risks for Small Kids, which takes a look at how child care centers are manag... Read more