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I think we’ve all admitted our addiction to oil. Fuel–winner of Sundance Film Festival Best Documentary and The New York Times Critic Pick–makes it clear that it’s time for an intervention.

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We will see many more oil spills unless our president, our administration and our congress create mandates for clean energy and disallow the concessions given to what is clearly an antiquated, dirty, dangerous and corrupt business. When President Teddy Roosevelt fought Standard Oil, he did so Continue reading

Your Mascara: Hazardous to Your Health?

iStock_mascara eyeI clicked the key into the ignition–ready to run errands, list in hand–when it hit me: I needed to FIRST check the Environmental Working Group’s SKIN DEEP cosmetic safety database, a safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products. With a sigh, I got out of the car and hightailed it back to my office to look up Cover Girl mascara, a brand I’ve used off and on for years because it doesn’t clump or smudge and costs less than ten bucks. Shock. The database rated it 4–“moderately hazardous” with ingredients linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption, and more. And to top it off, the first ingredient is Petroleum Distillates.

How had I let this slip through the cracks? Continue reading

Labeled “Natural”? May contain ZERO natural ingredients.

Did you know that two-thirds of personal care products claiming to be “natural” are not? Let me put this another way: a product labeled “natural” could contain as low as zero percent natural ingredients. ZERO. That’s just not … natural!

Luckily, the Natural Products Association (NPA), the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry, is doing something about it. Continue reading

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