Our Saturday green news bring you the latest on health, parenting and cool baby and kid products:
- A risk of lead in your espresso: According to a new study investigating safety of espresso machines conducted by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Berlin and published in paper Der Spiegel, about two thirds of tested machines released high levels of lead after their regular cleaning for limescale. The amount of lead found in water running through the machine right after the cleaning was almost 100 times higher than the EU limits. The researchers found that chemicals used to remove calcium deposits from the machine parts released large amounts of lead into the system, which would later end up in customer’s drinks. The BfR warned that based on these alarming findings an immediate action should be taken to eliminate any health risk from these popular and widely used machines.
- Feminine care products and toxicity: A new report by Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) warns about a potential risk women who use many feminine care products face. Such products include tampons, pads, wipes, deodorants and other products that contain unregulated preservatives, pesticides, fragrances and dyes as well as hazardous toxins linked to serious health problems. The report called ”Chem Fatale,” explains that majority of these products for use in and around the sensitive vaginal area are marketed and sold with little or no data about the safety of its ingredients. According to Alexandra Scranton, WVE’s Director of Science and Research and author of this report: “Feminine care products are not just your average cosmetics because they are used on an exceptionally sensitive and absorbent part of a woman’s body. Greater scrutiny, oversight and research are badly needed to assure the safety of their ingredients on women’s health.”
- Smart toys for future female inventors: Company GoldieBlox focuses on building games specifically designed to inspire girls about engineering. Construction toys help develop an early interest in subjects like science, technology, engineering and math. However, for over a hundred years, they’ve been considered “boys’ toys”. According to Debbie Sterling, the founder and CEO of GoldieBlox: “By designing a construction toy from the female perspective, we aim to disrupt the pink aisle and inspire the future generation of female engineers. We’re here to help level the playing field in every sense of the phrase. By tapping into girls’ strong verbal skills, our story + construction set bolsters confidence in spatial skills while giving young inventors the tools they need to build and create amazing things.”