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Ask Tamara: Do Starbucks Mugs Have High Levels of Lead?

Ask Tamara: Question: “Do Starbucks mugs have high levels of lead in them? What are the safest options for non-toxic coffee mugs?” A. [Simplified Answer!]: YES, many Starbucks Coffee Company branded mugs have high levels of lead in them (as measurable by testing with an XRF instrument). Note: This is not illegal in any way; […]

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Ask Tamara: What personal care products do you use?

Mascara? Eyeliner? Lipstick? Lotion? Toothpaste? Shampoo? Conditioner? Deodorant? Perfume? Soap? So many of my followers have asked me what products I use for personal care products (“…given so many popular brands include toxic ingredients, have questionable quality control and/or ethics… what do YOU use?” – they ask!) My immediate answer is “nothing… on most days I don’t even […]

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Ask Tamara: Can I test my dishes for lead with a LeadCheck swab?

Ask Tamara: Q. Hi! Thank you for all you do!! Are the LeadCheck® test swabs from Home Depot sufficient enough to test my dishware? Also, even though Fiestaware says “lead free: it could still have cadmium in it, correct? Thank you and I follow all your work! A.  The short of it is that the LeadCheck® […]

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My friend invited me to a testing party—what the heck is a testing party?

Question: Tamara, my friend invited me to a testing party. What the heck is a testing party? Answer:  Your friend probably likes you a lot!  She is likely an environmentally conscious person with a concern for your health and well-being and for the health and well-being of your community and the planet as well. (That’s […]

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Ask Tamara: What are the symptoms of childhood lead poisoning?

I get this question all the time… so here’s a re-share of an older post I wrote (originally shared in April 2014) with the answers.  As always, please let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks for reading! ASK TAMARA QUESTION: What are the symptoms of lead poisoning? ANSWER: The most important answer is […]

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