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Congress OKs bill banning plastic microbeads in skin care products

It would appear as though the fight against microbeads in our personal care products is almost over. The United States Congress just approved legislation that would result in the phasing out of all plastic microbeads beginning in 2017. Plastic microbeads are used… Continue Reading

PepsiCo’s Launch of Organic Gatorade Is a Fit of ‘Good For You’ Madness

In the year 2015, the popularity of “all-natural” and “organic” hit an all-time high. And now brands are jumping on board, including PepsiCo. According to a new report, PepsiCo plans to launch an organic version of Gatorade in 2016. Gatorade is by… Continue Reading

California Supreme Court Approves Organic Labeling Lawsuits

A recent ruling by the state Supreme Court of California allows consumers to file lawsuits “alleging products are falsely labeled ‘organic’.” This new ruling overturns a previous decision by a lower court. In the unanimous decision Associate Justice Kathryn Werdegar wrote “state… Continue Reading

3 Key Reasons DIY Cleaning Supplies Are Worth the Effort

For many, the holidays are a time spent with family and friends. And many of us host our own gatherings of friends and family within our very own home during the holidays. When it comes time to clean your home before and… Continue Reading

Sensor detects toxins leaching from plastic

A new device created by two engineers at Massey University is able to “detect synthetic compounds that leach from plastic food packaging into the contained food or beverage.” Dr. Asif Zia and Professor Subhas Mukhopadhyay created a device capable of quantifying various… Continue Reading

Contaminating Our Bodies With Everyday Products

It seems as though on a weekly basis we are learning more and more about the dangers of certain toxic chemicals. These are chemicals that have been linked to “prostate cancer, genital deformities, obesity, diabetes and infertility.” Yet, companies that that have… Continue Reading

Deregulating toxic air chemicals a major shift

Despite steps taken by states and the federal government, one state (and particular city) is about to get a lot more toxic. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is proposing “deregulation of some 500 chemicals would pack a potent punch in Detroit…”… Continue Reading

How Paint Poisons Us and How to Avoid It

Before too long, 2015 will be gone and 2016 will be here. And with a New Year, often comes New Year’s resolutions. One popular resolution is to make changes to the home, and this often includes painting one or more rooms. And… Continue Reading

Some 3-D Printed Parts May Leach Toxic Chemicals

In the last few years 3-D printing has become all the rage. 3-D printers are getting smaller, cheaper, and better. The ability to 3-D print replacement car parts, prosthetics, and even organs is a huge step for science and technology. Unfortunately, it… Continue Reading

This Ingredient Looks Scary - But Has Some Pretty Great Uses

Activated charcoal is listed as one of our Green Light Ingredients. It’s an ingredient that’s used in personal care products, cosmetics, and some household cleaning products. Activated charcoal is charcoal “that’s been mixed with oxygen to become especially absorbent…” Its use… Continue Reading

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