Parabens Test Results for Suzanne

Testing Myself for Parabens

By Suzanne Price What are Parabens? Parabens are a group of chemicals that are often used as preservatives in personal care products. Parabens have been shown to easily penetrate the skin when applied in lotions and soaps. The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has listed parabens as Category 1 priority substances, based on evidence that… Read more »

Limit Flame Retardants Home Computers

Turn Off Computers to Limit Flame Retardants in Your Home

A recent study highlighted the prevalence of flame retardant chemicals coming off electronics in our homes—especially with devices that are always on. By law, electronic products must have chemicals added to them to protect against fires. The chemicals that are added to the plastic enclosures around electronics are not bound to the plastics. They can… Read more »

Toxic Squishies

Toxic Chemicals Found in Squishies

You’ve probably seen them – Squishies are the current toy craze for elementary school kids. They have the texture and feel of “stress balls”, but come in all sorts of kid-themed designs, and kids love to squish them. Sensing that the odd smell coming off of them could be a sign of something dangerous, the… Read more »

Two prepubescent girls hugging photo from Brest Cancer Prevention Partners

Lowering the Risk of Future Breast Cancer in Prepubescent Girls

We recently hosted a discussion led by Dr. Sharima Rasanayagam, Director of Science with Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP). BCPP is the only national organization focused on the prevention of breast cancer and is unique in its focus on a science-based approach to prevention. Throughout the discussion, Dr. Rasanayagam walked us through the known causes… Read more »

Chart showing presence of banned DEHP banned phthalates in kids

Testing Our Daughters for Banned Phthalates

I recently got together with a couple of friends and we had all five of our daughters (between 6 and 12) tested for phthalates in their bodies with a simple urine test. What Are Phthalates? Phthalates are a group of chemicals used in plastics and in personal care products. They have been proven to affect… Read more »

Plastics in your home like these cute duckies could contain recently banned phthalates

A New Ban on Phthalates in Plastic Toys

On April 25th, 2018, a new federal regulation went into effect banning phthalates in plastic toys. As this made almost no news, we wanted to explain it to you. What are Phthalates? Phthalates are a class of chemicals used in many plastics. They are often used to make plastics soft, hence their use in many… Read more »

Inside the Naturepedic Organic Mattress Factory

Our Visit to the Naturepedic Factory in Ohio

Recently, Sprout’s head buyer, Andi Rothfeld, visited the factory of Sprout’s long-time partner, Naturepedic. Naturepedic makes GOTS-certified organic mattresses and bedding for the cribs and beds we sell at Sprout. We have long believed that Naturepedic was the ideal partner for Sprout as they seemed to have the highest quality standards in this important product… Read more »

lavender hormone disruptor

The Question of Lavender

March 2018 Update: For the past 9 years, we have been wary of lavender at Sprout for all of the reasons expressed in our initial article below. A recent study by the NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences), a part of the United States NIH, confirms these concerns. It showed that regular exposure to… Read more »

chemical structure of a quat

Will Quats Be Banned Next?

At Sprout, we’ve done our own extreme vetting to ensure that the Household Cleaners and Personal Care Products we carry do not contain quats or any other harmful additives. Quats could be the next group of chemicals to be banned from soaps and cleaners. In 2016, the FDA finally banned triclosan from hand soaps. Triclosan is a… Read more »

Clear Labels for Cleaning Products (Finally!)

Sprout's growing selection of Household Cleaners & Personal Care Products has been thoroughly vetted to ensure every item is free of all harmful chemicals. For years, there has been no transparency regarding what is in the cleaning products we use in our homes. California has finally passed a law that will change this. The Cleaning… Read more »