AWARE Newsletter - July 18, 2012

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Summer Travel Tips: Stay Healthy, Safe, and Green!

Andrea FabrySummer is a great time for road trips, whether cross-country or closer to home. If you're planning on traveling this summer and would like to explore some less-toxic lodging alternatives, we can help! Here are a few resources:

Safer Travel Directory is a downloadable lodging guide for the chemically sensitive and health-conscious traveler. The cost is $17.

MCS-CanadianSources offers a list of healthier lodging alternatives in Canada and the United States.

Find a list of worldwide options for healthy accommodations at Green Vacation Hub.

Looking for 100% smoke-free accommodations? FreshStay offers a state-by-state guide.

With a little planning and preparation, you can protect your health while enjoying all the fun and excitement of travel!

10 Questions to Ask Before Making Your Reservation

Hyatt Hotel RoomNew construction, plug-ins, dryer sheets, new carpeting, and cleaning products all require the use of harsh chemicals. If you want to "go the extra mile" and call ahead to see if the hotel is a fit for you, consider asking these 10 questions before placing your reservation. Most hotels will not be able to answer yes to all of these, but some may be willing to make changes to help you avoid some of those unwanted chemicals.

  1. Is your property smoke-free?
  2. Is your property pet-free? Do you offer rooms that are guaranteed pet-free?
  3. Do you use natural cleaning products? Would your cleaning service be willing to clean with white vinegar only?
  4. Are there windows in the room that open easily for ventilation?
  5. Do you offer allergy-friendly rooms with hypoallergenic bedding?
  6. Are towels and linens unscented? Would your staff be willing to eliminate dryer sheets for bedding in our room?
  7. Are there plug-ins on the property? Are there fragrance-free rooms available?
  8. Is there a history of flooding or water damage?
  9. Has the property been sprayed for pesticides recently? How about individual rooms?
  10. Do you have any rooms with brand-new carpeting? How recently have the carpets been cleaned?

Two hotel chains that might be particularly favorable to this list are Hyatt and Fairmont, according to this New York Times article.

My chemically-sensitive daughter traveled to New Mexico recently and requested unscented bedding, and the hotel left out the dryer sheets. They also cleaned with white vinegar. With some ventilation and a diffuser, she did great! Keep in mind, you're the customer—and you never know until you ask!

Thank You!

Thanks for your interest in momsAWARE! We hope you'll stop by our website and check out this month's features. Our Natural Year Challenges continue with a look at safe, natural ways to Clean Your Refrigerator and step-by-step instructions to help you Make Whey. You'll also find our ideas for Summer Sun Protection and Summer Bug Protection, plus the radio archive of our July Toxic Talk. And be sure to stop by our Online Store, where our all-natural lip balms are reduced to $6.00 each! We think you'll find our Lemon Delight lip balm just perfect for summer.

Happy travels,

Andrea Fabry, Founder and President

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