It seemed I was ahead of the curve, when twelve years ago I wrote for a parenting magazine, about the harmfulness of plastics – in the microwave, holding our water and covering our lunchmeat. I followed that up with articles about hormones in the milk and meat that we feed our children. Nowadays this knowledge seems to be much more mainstream. So is a general understanding that a highly caloric diet, too much saturated fat and too much sugar might do us in. Add to that the increasing focus on using less energy and being greener and it really seems like we, as a nation, have come a long way.

Not so fast.

At the same time that we’ve had these epiphanies, a general degradation of the world and its resources has continued. There are now more people on this earth, and still major inefficiencies that make it seem impossible for us to catch up. We have replaced the malaise of the 70s that the Cold War would end poorly with pessimism that the world’s resources will be irreparably diminished by the time our kids’ kids have kids.

The good news is, scientists are figuring out how we can live to 100, so we may have more time to fix things. There are many companies doing their part. We review some who focus on sustainability in the Boomers – Lifestyle section, and those that relate to the needs of our kids and grandkids in the Progeny – Cool Stuff section. We are thrilled about companies like Hazelnut Kids whose goal is to “provide parents with safe, chemical-free, natural, organic, and earth-friendly quality toy choices,” and the Happy Green Bee, provider of an all-organic clothing line created exclusively for kids. Roxanne Quimby has been doing her part for quite some time. She started Happy Green Bee after selling Burt’s Bees, which she had co-founded. The fact that these types of companies didn’t even exist when most of us had children, and now do, is encouraging.

There is less need to worry about BPH in plastics that kids and grandkids use. The awareness of the dangers has prompted companies like Eco Toy Town to produce baby products such as BPA-free silicone orthodontic pacifiers, cornstarch and organic teething bears, frogs, and lions – oh my. Yes, we are on the right track with the products we use, and hopefully in how we encourage younger people to nourish themselves.

In an upcoming blog we will discuss nutrition, the strides made and the constantly changing maze to wind through and figure out if we should drink no wine or only red wine, drink coffee or no coffee, take lots of vitamin D and less C, and constantly yo yo back and forth between studies that debunk the previous study we believed was the final answer.