Toxic Thursdays

Toxic Thursdays
Rachel Mavity
Rachel Mavity is the Digital Communications Coordinator with Beebe Healthcare's Marketing and Communications Department. On Toxic Thursdays, she writes about saving the earth and ways to reduce our footprint. She also now blogs over at Be Real on this site.
It's not just a straw problem - it's a plastic problem.
Chances are you have heard of the campaign to stop use of plastic drinking straws. It is likely you have also been to a restaurant where they no longer provide plastic straws - either forgoing a straw altogether or giving you a paper option. In other cases, you might be carrying around your own reusable straws to use instead of plastic straws - something I do because I do enjoy drinking through a...
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It’s 'Back to School' time! Area stores are chock full of graphite pencils, pens, fresh notepads, bookbags, lunch boxes, and more to get those kids ready for a new school year. My son will be entering kindergarten this year – gasp! And, I like a lot of moms try to be as prepared as possible for the coming year. I already have the bookbag nailed down – he’s been using the same one for the past two...
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When I started writing this blog, it was a forum to discuss products we use and how they could affect our health and the health of our children. I generally focused on products used for children – see my blogs on safe child cups and shampoo. However, over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, I got to thinking – what about a blog about not using products? During the course of a very hot weekend, I...
Get a group together to pick up litter in your neighborhood.
In April, we celebrate Earth Day, which serves as a reminder that we are all the caretakers of this big blue ball that we call home. There is only one earth. This is where we raise our children and where their children will grow up and perhaps question the decisions we made. It is an easy idea to say we want a healthy earth for future generations. It is a much harder thing to plan for that future...
Plan ahead instead of letting food go to waste.
The simple act of throwing items away – decluttering – can help you clear out the trash in your mind as well. Some say that throwing away items that don’t bring you joy can actually improve your overall view of life. I say – if it is broken, unused, or not healthy, toss it out. Cleaning out the bathroom cupboards is actually something that brings me joy in many ways. Often I find random toys or...
Time for Spring Cleaning!
I am dreaming of spring and one thing I actually love about the weather warming up, is opening the windows and cleaning out the dust. However, there are a few areas that I hate to clean – we all have them, right? When is the last time you cleaned your refrigerator? How about the inside of your oven? When is the last time you remember cleaning the tops of your cupboards? These are all things I...
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Starting Anew with a Healthy Detox After the holidays, you may feel bombarded by good and sad feelings. Often the holidays can feel like a letdown. Perhaps all the family members you hoped to see didn’t show up. Or perhaps there was more arguing than you would have liked. Having family all shoved together during a holiday can be rough. Here at Toxic Thursdays, I like to stick to talking about...
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Your First Step to Reducing Plastic at Home When plastic was created, it took America and the world by storm. What a great material – it doesn’t break, shred, rip, or scratch. It can stretch over food containers, it can freeze, it can fall off the table and not shatter – it’s every homeowner’s dream. Right? Wrong. While plastic is extremely useful, it is also pretty harmful for the environment....
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In my opinion as a woman, there is nothing tied more closely to our identities than our hair (well, except maybe our breasts, but we will stick with hair for today). We cut it; we grow it; we color it; and day after day, we wash it. How much time do we spend picking out that shampoo? From my teen years, I can remember standing in the shampoo aisle of the grocery store and staring at all those...
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The Environmental Working Group recently announced new research that shows a connection between pesticide use in and around the home and childhood illnesses, including leukemia. (Link to EWG article: http://www.ewg.org/release/study-links-childhood-cancer-and-home-pesticide-use ) The article discussed in the study, done by Harvard researchers, points to “evidence that children’s exposure to...