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In the middle of a long day of studying at school, your child needs a good nutritious lunch. Here’s how you can provide optimum nutrition, support your child’s health, and help the environment, too.


If your child takes a lunch to school, the first question is: what to put it in?

While the traditional brown paper bag is made with recycled material, it’s better for the environment and your bank account to choose a reusable lunch bag or box.

The problem is, many lunch bags and boxes are made from vinyl, which often contains lead (tests show that some, but not all vinyl lunch bags contain lead, but it’s impossible to tell which without testing). When children carry these bags, lead gets on their hands and when they touch their food and eat it, lead gets in their mouths. Lead in the amount equal to one granule of sugar per day can cause children to have permanent neuropsychological defects and behavior disorders such as noticeable learning difficulties, poor scores on IQ and development tests, and short attention spans. So a vinyl lunch bag or box isn’t the best thing to send to school.

There are several good options. One is the cotton lunch bag with Velcro closures, even better would be a lunch bag made from organically-grown cotton. Then there are insulated bags made from recycled juice boxes. Both are available at reusablebags.com. They also have an ingenious sandwich wrapper made from cotton with a food-safe plastic liner. You just wrap the sandwich, secure the Velcro closure, and when opened, it becomes a placemat! As you reuse it, you will keep hundreds of plastic bags out of landfills and save money too. And they carry reusable bottles for water and other beverages.

If you prefer a metal lunchbox, these can be purchased at lunchboxes.com if you don’t find one locally.


It has been well documented that good nutrition contributes to good education. Children who get good nutrition have improved learning ability, attention and memory, better brain development and cognitive function, an improved sense of well being, and score better on standardized tests.

Organically grown foods are known to have more nutrients than foods grown by standard agricultural methods, and they do not contain harmful pesticides. Organically-grown foods taste better too!

Be creative when making school lunches for your children. The traditional PB&J can be made with organic peanut butter, sugar-free organic whole fruit spread, and whole grain bread. Include raw vegetables with a tasty dip. Get your kids involved in choosing and creating their own healthy lunches by giving them a variety of organic whole foods to taste and finding out what they like.


Some schools are now asking parents to send hand sanitizer to school with their kids. The main ingredient in most hand sanitizers is alcohol made from petrochemicals, so it’s not very natural.

And hand sanitizers aren’t as effective as they sound. Barbara Almanza, associate professor of restaurant, hotel, institutional and tourism management at professor from Purdue University warns, “Waterless, antibacterial hand sanitizers are marketed as a way to ‘wash your hands’ when soap and water aren’t available, and they are especially popular among parents of small children. But research shows that they do not significantly reduce the overall amount of bacteria on the hands, and in some cases they may even increase it.”

I recommend tucking a small bar of natural soap in with the lunch and teaching your child to use it to wash his or her hands before eating. If you can’t find small bars, cut a “kid-size” slice off a large bar.


Many schools across America are now going organic with their school lunch programs, and getting great support from students, parents, and local providers of organic food.

If your child’s school doesn’t yet serve organic food for lunch, suggest they do. Search the internet for “organic school lunch” to learn what is being done in other communities.

About the Author

Hailed as “The Queen of Green” by the New York Times, Debra Lynn Dadd has been a pioneering consumer advocate since 1982, specializing in products and lifestyle choices that are safer for human health and the environment. She is the author of Home Safe Home. Visit her website at www.dld123.com.

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Hailed as “The Queen of Green” by the New York Times, Debra Lynn Dadd has been a pioneering consumer advocate since 1982, specializing in products and lifestyle choices that are safer for human health and the environment. She is the author of Home Safe Home. Visit her website at www.dld123.com.

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Softlips-New Product Goes Green

I’ve had the recent pleasure of experiencing Softlips Pure, a new 100% natural lip balm line available in two light fruity flavors-Pomegranate and Honeydew-with ingredients that are 95% certified organic.

In other words, it’s “green”! If you’re naturally and organic-conscious, or chemically sensitive, this would be an excellent choice to add to your daily beauty routine.

There’s no synthetic chemicals or harmful ingredients involved; the all-natural emollients and conditioners include organic oils, beeswax, shea butter, Vitamin E, jojoba, (olive) fruit oil, and fruit extracts. No animal by-products are used nor is this tested on animals.

Did you know that Softlips Pure is the first lip balm in the U.S. available in the cold and cough aisle (of most mass retail, drug and supermarket stores nationwide) to be certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture? You do now!

I was intrigued by the new Pure line; the package design’s really eye-catching (it’s also recyclable) and there were those two new flavors to try out. The price is .00 per lip balm (It’s well worth it; They last a good while!).

What a sensory delight! The pomegranate balm is like having a fresh, light apple taste lingering on your lips all day. The honeydew reminded me of the pleasant aftereffects of eating melon. (Now some of you may not be familiar with pomegranates or honeydew. A pomegranate is a sweet fruit that resembles an apple and is full of nutrient-packed seeds and Vitamins B, C, and E, to name a few. Since ancient times, the leaves, bark, fruit and rind, and even flowers were used to help in treating medical conditions. Honeydew is a sweet substance that oozes from the leaves of certain plants in hot weather; It’s also a variety of melon that’s good to eat and good for you to eat. It contains Vitamin C, potassium and calcium. Sweet as the flesh is, there are only 49 calories in 1 slice.)

The balms are packaged in a sleek, slim case that allows women to easily tuck them into pockets, purses or make-up cases.

You can use these products as is, or under or over lipstick as part of your daily lip care routine. Apply liberally on the lips as needed, especially if the lips will be exposed to the elements, such as direct sunlight, cold or wind. And the products can be reapplied after eating and drinking.

Softlips is the line of premium lip conditioners (balms) designed with skin-protecting ingredients while also keeping them soft and healthy. And they have a variety of other flavors-and now tints-that are out of this world!

I personally have Vanilla, Strawberry, Raspberry with Green Tea Extract (Try this with red berry lipstick!), Sugar Cookie, Winter Mint, and the Rose and Bronze Tints-The latter two flatter various skin tones; All of the abovementioned can be used as lipstick alternatives or to enhance your regular lipstick shades.

What I also love about Softlips is that there’s no greasy feeling or waxy build-up (I’ve previously tried other lip balms, including a couple of well-known brands, and had to stop using them. The grease and wax were so thick upon just the first application, that you really couldn’t put on or adjust any lipstick correctly. Eating was a nightmare, not to mention the sheer “yuck” factor. Softlips has restored my faith in lip balms!). I’m a very satisfied customer!

Please visit http://www.softlips.com to learn more.

Written by pjacobs

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