Green Tips – Q & A

Editor’s Note: Each Wednesday My Green Side brings Simple Tips for Green Living to The Christopher Gabriel Program. We also highlight a favorite green site each week. You can stream the segment at approximately 1220pm (central) every Wednesday at or, if you’re in North Dakota or western Minnesota, listen on your radio at AM970 WDAY.

I’ve received a number of emails containing some great questions so today, instead of talking about a specific Green Tip, I thought I’d share a few questions and answers.

I’ve read some things lately about nail polish that makes me concerned about using it on my little daughter’s nails. What do you think?

I think you have cause to be concerned. According the awesome book, Wake Up and Smell the Planet

If you are willing to give up just one beauty product, make it nail polish. A 2006 study by the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum reported that the nail industry uses 10,000 chemicals in its products, 89 percent of which have not been safety tested by any independent agency, and some of which are known or suspected carcinogens.

One nail polish company I’ve found that really strives to give us a healthy product is Priti NYC. Their nail polish are non-toxic and made without toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DHB) and formaldehyde – all known carcinogenic ingredients. They are safe for use on children and moms-to-be and are available in over 100 different shades. They also have a great nail polish remover. It’s soy and corn based (derived from organic farm crops), and is infused with coconut, soybean esters, and essential lemongrass oils. No acetone, no petroleum and it leaves nails feeling moisturized and nourished with a sweet citrus scent.

For more information, check the safety ratings of nail polishes on the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep database.

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My Green Side’s web pick of the week:
Brought to us by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), contains information for better health and sustainable living. Their content is divided into four core topic areas: Health, Food, Home & Garden and Community. The site also includes a number of fun features and interactive tools.

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