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Moving to Safety First, for Our Children’s Health

Posted March 5th, 2013 by

[Crossposted from the Huffington Post] When is a flame retardant not a flame retardant? When it is no more effective in retarding flames than, well, nothing. Since fire safety experts and government studies say that chemical flame retardants as they are used in many products are not effective, maybe we should stop calling them flame [...]

Thanksgiving: Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Eat Pie

Posted November 19th, 2012 by

Originally posted on the Making Our Milk Safe (MOMS) blog. Working for a public health nonprofit can get you in trouble with your friends. I’ve been accused of trying to spoil everything from burgers to candy, Valentine’s Day to Halloween. So with Thanksgiving just around the corner, it seemed like time to take on yet another beloved American obsession. No, I’m [...]

Truly Organic: Agreement Creates Truth-in-Labeling for Organic Personal Care Products

Posted December 5th, 2011 by

Crossposted from Generation Green, the action center for the Center for Environmental Health. Last week, agreements reached with eleven companies that make products sold at national retailers, including Walgreens, Target, Whole Foods and many others, their “organic” labeled products must comply with state rules requiring such products to contain at least 70% organic ingredients. The [...]

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Is Your Computer Designed for the Dump?

Posted November 11th, 2010 by

Crossposted from Have you seen the Story of Stuff? Millions of people have viewed Annie Leonard’s viral web video highlighting the health and environmental impacts of our consumer culture. Now, Annie returns with the Story of Electronics, a new video questioning the “designed for the dump” mentality that encourages constant upgrading of our computers, [...]

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