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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

For a while there, it was just environmental watchdogs like EWG and film makers like Josh Fox (Gasland) and Debra Anderson (Split Estate) talking about the environmental consequences of hydraulic fracturing (aka "fracking") to extract natural gas from deep shale deposits.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Battle lines are being drawn. Alliances formed. And as the cell phone industry wages war against San Francisco over its cell phone-labeling ordinance, many are looking east to see if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will support or hinder consumers' right to know information about cell phone radiation levels.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opposing its proposal to approve a Swiss nanosilver textile coating for sale in the U.S.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

We're all used to hearing Big Food and Big Ag brag about America having "the safest food supply in the world," usually as a warm-up for complaining that EWG and other critics of our food system are, well, out to lunch. But the facts about food safety - food poisoning in particular - are nothing for the richest country in the world to crow about.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

In a victory for the chemical industry and a great loss for the health of California's children, the California State Legislature on Tuesday narrowly failed to pass a bill that would have eliminated the plastics chemical, bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen, from baby bottles, sippy cups and infant formula cans sold in California.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Every year around this time, the school supply list shows up in our mailbox. You know the one, where teachers tell you exactly what to bring on the first day to fill the new classroom with the necessities that don't last from year to year and aren't provided by the school. Sometimes they even specify brand names! But that doesn't stop some of us from asking whether the items on the list are safe for our children, or how we can pick the safest - and greenest - options. 

Monday, August 23, 2010

Enviroblog readers are fully aware that there are toxic chemicals in personal care products, and many turn to EWG's Cosmetics Database to find less toxic products.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

It's a busy time for the multi-year effort to make cosmetics safer in the U.S.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Having written about toxins in toys, vitamins, children's products, and food for two years on my blog, Non-Toxic Kids, well, I needed to put up or shut up, to say it simply.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should have the authority it needs to regulate cosmetics and personal care products - so that you can trust that what you're buying is safe for you and your family.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Companies that drill for natural gas and oil in the United States are skirting federal law and injecting toxic petroleum distillates (think: kerosene, mineral spirits and a number of other petroleum products that often contain high levels of benzene, a known human carcinogen that is toxic in water at minuscule levels) into thousands of wells, threatening drinking water supplies from Pennsylvania to Wyoming.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

 

This morning I relied on a dozen grooming and beauty products to help me face the day. I used soap, shampoo and conditioner in the shower, and gel and mousse when I dried my hair. I slathered on moisturizer and dabbed my face with sunscreen. I applied foundation, blush and eye shadow. I rolled on deodorant. And I used toothpaste, of course, when I brushed my teeth.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

The new Story of Cosmetics video explains why personal care products in the United States contain untested and downright dangerous ingredients.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

The 2009 President's Cancer Panel report, "Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk, What We Can Do Now," confirms what Rachel Carson articulated in Silent Spring and what Sandra Steingraber argued in her book, Living Downstream.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Annie Leonard does it again. This time she tells us about all those products in the cosmetics aisle that we use so many of every day (12 for women, 6 for men, on average).

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ever wonder if you can really, truly make a difference in an effort for national policy reform? I mean, it's a big country, right? Do policy makers really care that you fervently believe that chemicals should be kid-safe, not hazardous to their health? YES. YES. YES.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

All you iPhone users can now find the best sunscreen with EWG's free application (App) linked to Environmental Working Group's (EWG) 2010 Sunscreen Guide.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Have you ever counted how many cosmetics or personal care products you use in a day? Chances are it's nearly 10.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

There's a lot of talk these days about healthy food, sustainable farming, organics, and buying local. A lot.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

 

Did you hear about Kellogg's voluntary recall of its super sugary cereals? Picture this: 28 million boxes of Froot Loops, Honey (used to be "Sugar") Smacks, Apple Jacks, (used to be "Sugar") Corn Pops, Froot Loops. Yum. While healthy eaters everywhere may think it's the product itself being recalled, it was, in fact, the packaging.

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