Canada Bans BPA from Baby Bottles

Melissa, October 16, 2009

Banning BPA from baby bottles is a large step in the right direction!  What is the right direction? To get rid of BPA from all baby products. For those of you who have ignored the countless BPA messages lately, BPA is a chemical that messes with the estrogen levels in our bodies.  While anything that is going to alter our hormones is probably not such a good thing, they have proven that babies are the most affected by this chemical.  The hormone altering chemical has been associated with various cancers and health problems. Baby’s main sensory stimulation seems to come from their mouths, so when they pop that plastic toy in their mouth for hours of entertainment how sure are we that BPA is not still leaching into their tiny little systems.  Unfortunately, the test results are still not clear and without good solid proof we are not going to see another ban.  The good news is that the Canadian government has allocated an additional $1.7 million to research these effects over the next three years. Wouldn’t it be great to have regulation to ban hormone altering chemicals from not only the baby products but from all products that have the potential to enter our systems? Read more about Canada’s BPA ban on Health Canada’s web site.

Team Wean Green Runs for the Cure!

Melissa, October 5, 2009

On October 4th, the Weaners and Co. tied up their laces to hit the pavement in the name of raising funds for breast cancer research, education and awareness programs.  We would like to thank Mother Nature for dumping all the snow she possible could in the two hours we were out on that Sunday morning! We would also like to thank our sponsors and runners who had huge smiles the entire run!  We look forward to doing it again next year.  If you are interested in joining our 2010 team you can pre-register at https://www.cibcrunforthecure.com/html/pre_reg_information.asp?languageid=1.  The website will go live in February 2010.

The Eco-Friendly Birthday

Melissa, September 25, 2009

Can you believe my youngest weaner turned 1!  In true wean green fashion we partied down, eco style. Here is how I went green: Party Invitations Printed invitations, really? Not me. I used www.evite.com, one of the many electronic invitation sites on the internet.  Huge thanks to Tiny Tillia  who has some adorable, stylish, designer invitations on evite.com (here is the one I used). PRO: PAPERLESS! (Also so cute) CON: I didn’t have all the little weaners email addresses. SOLUTIONS: Good old fashioned telephone (confession: and facebook). Party Games I hosted the party at the park so the kids did not need much entertaining!  They ran through the sprinklers, played on the swings and went down slides.  There was no abusing that poor old donkey at this party. PRO: Physical activity for kids, need we say more? CON: Well if you don’t want your kids to sleep really good at night you may not like this idea Decorations I decided against a lot of decorations.  I sewed a tablecloth that can be reused for all the weaner’s birthday parties to come.  Other than that I did not see a need for anything else.  If you do decide to go down the decoration road some green options are to choose things that can be re-used for many years and if you absolutely must use balloons please make sure you use 100% latex! PRO: I didn’t have a garbage bag full of plastic Dora decorations. CON: I sewed.  It was interesting. SOLUTION: If you don’t want to make your own decorations check out Green Planet Parties. Good Organic Birthday Eats Organic. Organic. Organic.  I was able to buy most of my ingredients for the cake, snacks, drinks and wraps at our local organic food store.  I made my own cake, (side note: it is so nice to know how much sugar is in the cake your kids are eating!  I am sure the last store bought cake we ate had at least 5 times the sugar it actually needed!) PRO: Homemade baby/big people food. CON: It takes a bit more time to throw this all together. SOLUTION: I put the oldest weaner to work with me the day before to make sure I didn’t have anything left to prepare on the day of the party. Plates/Cups/Utensils It makes my stomach turn at every party to see all the useless waste and cost from one time use plates and cups.  I brought the plates, cups and utensils from home. PRO: No waste. CON: The clean up and you may not have enough plates. SOLUTION: Dishwasher (mine is about 6 feet tall, my kids call him Dad). If you are worried about not having enough plates and cups ask your guest to each bring one from home. Birthday Crafts We painted some potters, added in the soil and planted some ivy.  (I have to give a shout out to my husband’s best friend, Kyle, for this one). PROS: The lifespan of a planter. it […]

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