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November 2, 2015

How “Clean” Is Your Clean?

How many products do you smear, wipe, rub, or spray onto your body every single day? It might be more than you think. Toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, body wash or soap, shaving cream, deodorant, and maybe some lotion? That’s eight right there.

If you’re putting anything at all on your skin, you’re putting yourself at risk…

…even if the bottle is green and has a falling leaf on the front.

Why? Because there are hidden carcinogens in our personal care products. Oh, but you use organics? You’re still not safe. Even the bottles and tubes labeled “NATURAL” and “ORGANIC” can include toxic ingredients [...]

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October 7, 2015

Food Labeling Is A Complex Issue – An Academic Break Down the Current FDA Rules

As the demand grows for more natural foods in our supermarkets and restaurants, so does the demand for better food labeling. But the ultimate accuracy of food labeling is a much more complicated problem than people might think. asked Alison Van Eenennaam, head of the department of animal sciences for the University of California, Davis, to clarify a few points about food labeling – and yes, we asked her about the “DARK Act” too. 

Well.Org: What’s the one thing the public should know when it comes to food labeling?

Eenennaam: Food and Drug Administration policy – under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act – already mandates food labeling when [...]

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July 18, 2015

Redefining Commercial Success: Why Big Companies Need YOU In Their Consumer Base

Big companies are evil. Support small, local businesses. A large corporation could never represent those of us who want to be the change.

Right? It’s so easy to buy into these caricatures. But wouldn’t it be great if the organizations we support hit the big time? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a company with the ethos of a or small organic farm had the clout of a CNN or a Walmart?

Yes, it’s very popular to believe that all ethics and morality disappear as soon as a company becomes massively successful. But check your skepticism for a moment, and turn the question around. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a company with the clout of a CNN or a Walmart had the ethos of a [...]

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April 27, 2015

5 Natural Beauty Lines for a Greener Lifestyle

So, you’re going greener and more natural – you’re eating organic, riding your bike to work and investing in some hemp clothing. You are on your way… well, except for the fact that you have a makeup drawer full of not-so-green cosmetics, never mind your bathroom cabinet stacked with lotions and creams with labels that might as well be in a foreign language.

But, you really do love your makeup and skin care products. Must you give them up? If you want to live a healthier life, the answer is yes. Mainstream cosmetics and skin care lines are often full of chemicals that not only penetrate through your skin, but also make their way down through our drainage systems and into [...]

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