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Day 79 – Healthy Child Healthy World

Our World

I wanted to share with you some information about an excellent organization that advocates greener spaces for children.  The following is an excerpt from a recent press release by Healthy Child Healthy World.  The exciting part that is if you’re in the Chicago area, you can tour the Healthy Home 2010.  The home will be open for public tours from September 25, to October 10, 2010.  There is more information about the organization and the home below.

About Healthy Child Healthy World

Healthy Child Healthy World is the nation’s preeminent nonprofit organization that advocates for and protects children’s health—to help create cleaner, healthier indoor environments for children and their families.

Healthy Child Healthy World is a national, nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization that inspires parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals. The organization exists because more than 125 million Americans, predominantly children, now face a historically unprecedented rise in chronic diseases and illnesses such as cancer, autism, asthma, allergies, birth defects, ADHD, obesity, diabetes, and learning and developmental disabilities. Credible scientific evidence increasingly points to environmental hazards and household chemicals as causing and contributing to many of these diseases. Healthy Child Healthy World aims to educate parents, support protective policies and engage communities to make responsible decisions, simple everyday choices and well-informed lifestyle improvements to create healthy environments where children and families can flourish. Please visit for more information.

Healthy Home 2010: Designer Showcase & Tour will host a kick-off gala in

Chicago on Thursday, September 23, 2010.  The home officially will be unveiled during an opening event the following day on Friday, September 24, 2010, and will feature a book-signing appearance by Christopher Gavigan, whose book, Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer World, is touted as a must-read for all parents seeking to make better product choices for their homes and families.  More details will become available.  [The home will be open for public tours from September 25, to October 10, 2010.]  For additional information on the home, events and tours, please visit

Day 74 – Conflict-Free Electronics

Are your electronics conflict-free?

If you’ve seen the movie “Blood Diamond” (2006), a dramatized version of real issues related to diamond mining, then you understand how consumerism can truly hurt people.  My angle here is that a “throw-away society” where you “need” a new cell phone every year or six months because it’s cheap and you can afford it IS bad for the environment because of the mining of the minerals and the humans being hurt in the process.

So, how are cell phones and laptops related to mining minerals and hurting humans?  Please take a few minutes to watch this video presented by the ENOUGHproject.

Think twice before convincing yourself that you need the latest and greatest now.  I buy excellent, high quality electronics with all the bells and whistles so that they last me a long, long time.  I actually spend less money than others, too, because I buy higher quality but much less frequently than other people who I know.  When you do go to buy a new electronic, please ensure that it is conflict-free.