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CA Prop 65 warning of Cadmium

Question from Chris I have a question about (another) CA Prop 65 warning.: I’m finding a warning for Cadmium somewhere in a bathroom vanity I was about to buy. I can only guess Cadmium is used in the white paint on this. Since this an item subject to the most head/humidity in the house, is […]

August 17, 2019

Chemical Safety Regulations

In 2016, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21stCentury Act was passed into law, updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) which was enacted in 1976.   Under TSCA, only a few hundred out of 85,000 chemicals approved for use were reviewed for safety.  Only 5 of those were banned.   The Lautenberg Chemical […]

August 13, 2019

Styrofoam in Hydroponics

Question from TL Hi, I have seen styrofoam float used widely in hydroponic farming. Agree hydroponic is pesticide free, but does styrofoam has similar”food grade” like PU foam MDI or is styrofoam used in hydroponic farming safe at all? Thank you. Lisa’s Answer There are two primary forms of polystyrene; solid and foam.  Polystyrene foam […]

August 3, 2019

Hydration Bladders

Question from Pedro Hello, I recently started looking for hydration backpacks and I am finding that the bladders are made from either TPU or PEVA.  Which one is less toxic? Are there better options? Help! I just want to keep my kids safe. Thank you. Lisa’s Answer If you plan to use them infrequently either […]

August 2, 2019

ATC Trailers

Question from Kelly Has anyone with MCS tried the ATC (Aluminum Trailer company)?  It can be ordered with all aluminum interior.  This option is impossible to find used and it seems I will need to order a new one.  I have severe MCS, Athsma, COPD, and allergies (allergic to wood so can’t do the toxic […]


Question from Olga I recently purchased furniture from  The smell is awful and not going away after several weeks.  I contacted them and told them about it.  They really don’t care.  After looking into the furniture and maker I realized it has a warning for California proposition 65.  I called them back trying to […]

Dental Compositites

Question from Kimberly Hi Lisa, Years of searching for dental composite replacements for simple fillings. Most of them have BPA and TEGMA related compounds. The ones that do not still have horrible chemical tastes to them. Would love some safer alternatives. Lisa’s Answer The most comprehensive study I have seen that actually tests the composites […]

Zeolite Detox Symptoms

Question from Barbara Hi Lisa, Checking to see if taking the zeolite will produce detox symptoms?  If so how severe or not?  Can I start out slow in taking the product? Lisa’s Answer I have not personally used zeolite but the Pure Body website had the following reply: “The zeolite Clinoptilolite has been granted GRAS […]

August 1, 2019

Safe Drywall

Question from Teresa Hi Lisa, Can you please share the best safest types of drywall? I was looking at Magnesium oxide but hearing things about cracking. Thanks Lisa’s Answer I have also read about pervasive cracking with magnesium oxide boards. EWG has a helpful guide on drywall.  They recommend looking for Greenguard Gold certified products. […]


Question from Jen Hi there! I’m looking for advice on how to handle an influx of kitchen ants this summer.  My usual methods (ie – clean counters, all food put away in sealed packaging, etc) aren’t working.  I can’t even tell where they’re coming from specifically, can’t locate ant hills in the yard. Very confusing. […]

July 31, 2019

PVC and Microban in Air Conditioning

Question from Paula Hi Lisa, My situation is that I’m getting central air conditioning installed, and want to avoid all toxic components. I’m wondering if having PVC or Microban in my attic is something I should worry about (my attic isn’t air sealed from my living space, and air sealing is probably too expensive at […]

July 28, 2019

PFAS Chemicals Found in Farm Produce

PFAS, or polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a family of chemicals that are used to make non-stick coatings such as Teflon.  Sometimes called Forever Chemicals, they persist in the environment and body and have been linked to health issues such as hindered growth and learning and increased cancer risk. There has been increasing concern about contamination from […]

July 8, 2019

Handbag Materials

Question from Wendy Lisa, Can you tell me if it’s toxic to carry handbags made of these materials? I know I may need to find out more details about the chemicals but this is what I have so far. Handbag 1: Dyed Nylon with Water and Stain Resistant Coating Dyed Italian Leather Nylon Strap Handbag […]

June 25, 2019

Removing Odors from Insulation

Question from Colleen Hi Lisa, Has anyone successfully moved into a house where the previous tenants used scented detergents and dryer sheets in the house.  I was under the assumption that the fragrances got into the insulation in the walls, etc.  How long did it take to outgass if ever?  Would a “bake out” even […]

June 24, 2019

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June 17, 2019

Totally Non-Toxic Harwood Floors

  Question from Marcia Hi Debra, My home has two levels. The upstairs and stairs have subfloor, but the downstairs has a concrete slab. I would love to install solid hardwood, but I can’t figure out what would work for the whole house. I wouldn’t mind nailing, but that won’t work over the concrete slab […]

May 9, 2019


Shoes for women and men made with exceptional craftsmanship and materials. “In 2004 FEIT [fight] was born as a response—an evolution of consumerism and production that moves away from volume and excess, and towards quality and sustainability. FEIT footwear is built for longevity, from natural materials via human construction. All FEIT footwear is hand sewn […]

May 7, 2019


These shoes for men are a cut above ordinary shoes. Their about page starts with this quote “A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is […]

District Leathers

Vegetable-tanned hides for creating your own leather projects. In addition to the vegetable tans link here, also see the “cow hides” and lamb hides” menus and choose “vegetable tans.” See their very informative Leather Buying Guide . Free swatches. “Vegetable tanned leathers are tanned using strictly organic materials such as tree bark. They possess warm […]

Marlondo Leather

complete range of leather goods—including purses, backpacks, travel gear, and accessories—handmade individually by artisans using vegetable-tanned leather. Classic styles, reasonable prices. About their leather.

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