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While environmental toxins pose health hazards to all people, children are at higher risk than adults for developing negative health effects related to these toxins. This is true for a number of reasons, including the following.

1. Children’s organs and bones are still developing. This means both they are smaller and more susceptible to inflammation from pollutants and that they have the potential to sustain long-term developmental damage as a result of absorbing toxins during growth periods, according to research from UCLA.
2. Children’s higher metabolisms allow them to absorb more of everything. Children absorb more nutrients from their food because their growing bodies need these; however, as the Alliance for Healthy Homes (AHH) points out, they also have the potential to absorb higher amounts of dangerous chemicals, including lead.
3. Children tend to be in toxin-rich environments more than adults. The AHH also notes that concentrations of chemicals such as radon and mercury tend to be higher at ground level, where children tend to play.

About the Author: In addition to serving as CEO of an online retailer of organic and natural products, Lin Merage maintains active membership in a number of green-focused groups, including Always On Go Green Summits and the West Coast Green Conference. Ms. Merage is based in Denver, Colorado.


As Chief Executive Officer of an environmental products company, Lin Merage enjoys reading and learning about other persons and entities involved in the green movement. One way in which Lin Merage remains on top of the latest issues is by attending green-oriented events and summits such as the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC).

Dedicated to “the art, science, and building of housing,” PCBC has functioned as a community of thought leaders in the housing development field for over half a century. Remaining on the forefront of the latest technologies, its members believe in applying environmental sustainability and innovation to residential complexes while creating aesthetically pleasing structures.

Although PCBC possesses a strong Internet presence and affiliations with similar groups such as Leading Builders of America, its major event every year is the annual conference. This two-day event features a myriad of speakers, exhibitors, and networking opportunities. Builders, developers, moneylenders, architects, and manufacturers account for some of the groups that are represented at the show.

The 2012 conference will focus on the theme “Powered by Connection” and take place in San Francisco. Topics will include Selling Sustainability, 50+ Housing, Multifamily Trends, and Capital Markets.

A recent Wall Street Journal article mentioned that heritage grains are growing in popularity. These ancient grains tend to have a smaller environmental impact than modern plants, contain a broader spectrum of nutrients, and have a wide variety of flavors and textures. Even restaurants have recognized the benefits of heritage grains.

One particularly wonderful grain is millet. People have been eating millet for millennia. Chinese records indicate that it was a staple crop as early as 2000 BCE. Today, most Americans only recognize millet as the main ingredient in bird seed, but it’s also a delicious, healthy, ecologically friendly alternative to wheat, rice and corn.

Millet is gluten-free and nutrient-rich. It’s an excellent source of fiber, protein, niacin, folate, and thiamin. Millet contains 48.7 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids in every serving and has high levels of magnesium and manganese. Because millet is gluten-free, it can be great for people with food allergies. Different people have different food allergies, and they should carefully consider if millet or another grain will be a valuable addition to their diet.

It’s easy to add millet to your healthy diet. It cooks just like rice, and can make an excellent porridge, especially if you add dried fruit and honey. In addition, with olive oil, cheese and vegetables, millet makes an excellent substitute for couscous. Ground millet has a texture similar to that of corn flour, and is a great choice for a healthy alternative to corn bread. Best of all, organically grown millet is available in bulk at most health food stores or co-ops. If you add millet to your rotation of grains, you can improve your health and reduce your carbon footprint.

Lin Merage enjoys healthy, organic food as part of her eco-friendly lifestyle.

As a successful businesswoman based in the greater Colorado area, Lin Merage leverages her success toward helping others in a variety of ways. She recently founded a philanthropic organization that allocates financial resources toward supporting children in need. Outside of covering school supplies and educational expenses, she hopes to expand the foundation to empower youth to develop their talents.

Moreover, Lin Merage is an anonymous private donor for a family with seven children. She assists them with needed food each month. Her commitment to others extends to a number of other organizations. In the past, she has contributed to advocacy and social services groups such as The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, which serves 40 Colorado counties. With a commitment to advancing children’s lives, Lin Merage also holds a dedication to living an environmentally conscious lifestyle. Over the years, she has donated to The Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, a research center involved in sustainable measures.

As CEO of an online department store, Lin Merage strives to maintain a green lifestyle and promote it to others. Established in 2004, the versatile online shopping center features clothing and accessories for men, women, and children for both casual and dressy occasions. Lin Merage’s venture goes beyond clothing with literature, home decor, health and beauty, food, and gift wrap. All products ensure minimal environmental impact, with the entirety being 100 percent organic and many designed from up-cycled or natural materials, including hemp and bamboo. Lin Merage stays up to date with the latest green technologies as a regular attendee of seminars that focus on evolving methodologies and their applications. She also maintains active membership with Green America, Sustainable Industries, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the Organic Trade Association.

With a commitment to building a bridge between fashion and eco-responsibility, Lin Merage founded her environmental products retailer in 2004. The online department store sells green clothing and other items for people of all ages and tastes. The business offers an extensive catalog of high-quality goods that promote a respect for nature.

At Merage’s company, parents who are passionate about the environment may browse through the broad array of apparel and accessories. Lin Merage’s Eco Baby line includes hemp onesies, organic cotton rompers, green hammocks and lounges, as well as non-toxic feeding items. For toddlers and older children, the company provides clothing and responsibly designed toys and art supplies. Merage’s selection for men and women proves similarly diverse. Females enjoy recycled and fair-trade totes and handbags, dresses, ensembles, sportswear, and beauty products. Male shoppers may browse through hemp backpacks, sustainable denim items, flax sweaters, and bamboo shirts. Outside of fashion, Lin Merage’s department store supports customers who seek to freshen their living space with raw wood photo frames and eco-conscious kitchen accessories. In the next year, the store will offer numerous options for home renovation, including eco-carpet, wood supplies, and air purifiers. Additionally, the company provides patrons with a wide range of beauty products that nurture the body without harming the environment. The section features cosmetics, skin care items, natural remedies, and essential oils.

Moreover, Merage’s business satisfies shoppers with organic gift wrap, handmade stationery, a selection of touchstones, and a catalogue of books. In order to peruse these and other nature-friendly goods, visit the website.