Every dog deserves durable American made, non-toxic toys

WestPaw Design logoIf you aren’t familiar with West Paw Design pet toys, you and your pet are missing out. I discovered them several years ago. They’re made without harmful chemicals such as phthalates or BPA.  My dogs have loved them! I do too as their Zogoflex line of toys are practically indestructible!

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Are you watering your garden with lead and phthalates?

Garden hoses can leach nasty toxic chemicals, photo by Emillian Robert Vicol, flickr

Garden hoses can leach nasty toxic chemicals, photo by Emillian Robert Vicol, flickr

As an avid backyard organic gardener, I always have my eye out for things to help me improve how I garden and how to live a more healthy lifestyle. So when I came across an article about how garden hoses leach toxic chemicals, I was a bit stunned. Though I generally water my garden by hand and/or with drip lines, I do use the hose to water other things around my yard, and to fill my dog’s outside water dish. This article is definitely a wake-up call.

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The Challenge of Finding GMO-free Pet Food

Editor’s Note:  I write for a variety of online venues. Although the references in this article are for a website based in northern California,  I think you’ll agree that the issue are bigger than geography.

Photo by Margarita Perisco, courtesy of flickr

Photo by Margarita Perisco, courtesy of flickr

As someone committed to living a green lifestyle, it’s natural for me to want my dog to be on the green journey with me. I’ve ditched containers with BPA and chemical-filled pet products and I use top quality “green” laundry detergent. But when it comes to finding pet food or dog treats that are GMO-free, that’s a bigger challenge.

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FDA agrees to ban BPA in baby formula packages

Long Favored By Shoplifters, Baby Formula Goes Under Lock And KeyThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has agreed to ban the chemical BPA in infant formula packaging.  The agency’s decision to prohibit of bisphenol A (BPA) comes at the urging of Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), who filed a petition calling for the action last year.

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Black Zogoflex – West Paw Design’s greenest toys yet

WestPaw Design logoHaving a new dog in the house means my collection of chew toys is growing. But as a responsible pet “Mom”, I wondered just how healthy or safe they were.

There are currently no standards concerning the levels or types of chemicals in pet toys.  Because pets chew, lick and carry their toys around, they’re exposed to higher levels of hazardous chemicals including phthalates, BPA (Bisphenol A), lead and arsenic.  There aren’t many studies regarding the interaction or impact of these on animals. But given the toxicity of these chemicals in humans, finding pet toys without these is important. Continue reading

Green your holiday gifts this year

Vegan Wallet from CoolCorC

This stylish men’s wallet is made of natural cork from Cool CorC

You’ve finally finished your list with who to give gifts to this year Then you’re suddenly in serious brain freeze with what to get.  It can’t be just ANYTHING. It has to be special, and more green, this year.

Here are some fun, affordable eco-friendly gifts that will bring plenty of smiles this holiday.

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Campbell’s to stop using BPA in their cans

Campbell’s Soup to phase out BPA use, photo by Dennis Goedgeboure, Flickr

Seems that mm, mm, Good is about to get even better!

Campbell’s Soup has agreed to join other companies in eliminating the use of BPA (Bisphenol A, a chemical used in a wide variety of products, including the hard lining of soup and other canned goods.

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