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Companies fight to keep consumers in the dark about chemicals in cleaners

During the cold winter months you may spend more time inside than out. And you may do more cleaning, especially because it’s also the flu and COVID season. But before you reach for that spray cleaner...

E. coli from factory farms threatens America's leafy greens

A single enormous cattle feeding operation potentially threatens the safety of thousands of acres of leafy greens grown in the U.S. during the colder months, an EWG analysis shows.

Soothe dry skin this winter with safer balms and salves

One of the effects of colder temperatures is that everything dries out, including our skin. Balms and salves to the rescue.

7 ways to detox your home (and keep it clean) year ‘round

If you’ve ever thought about making changes in your household routine to lower your exposure to toxic chemicals, you may be put off by how daunting it seems.

Plant-powered holiday dishes approved by EWG

For the festive season, EWG is dishing out some green gastronomic advice with mouthwatering plant-based recipes – perfect for a healthy and happy time over the holidays.

Reforming federal cosmetics law: What is the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act?

Almost a year ago, President Joe Biden signed the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act of 2022, or MoCRA, into law, marking the first significant update to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic...

Life-saving antibiotics in jeopardy from growing use in factory-farmed animals

The use of medically important antibiotics in farm animals grew by 12 percent between 2017 and 2022, further jeopardizing the effectiveness of these life-saving drugs.

Resolve to make your 2024 diet more environmentally friendly

New year, new you – but the same, if not worsening, climate crisis we’ve been experiencing. As you think ahead to resolutions and fresh starts in 2024, you can improve your own well-being and that of...

1 EWG staffer, 4 New Year’s resolutions

I joined EWG in June 2022, after a series of unexpected events that I can (mostly) attribute to the global pandemic. Though I had always loved learning about ways to create a healthier life for myself...

Snow joke: Food additives stocked in festive candies

Regardless of the seasonal holidays you celebrate, one winter symbol is ubiquitous across the United States: the snowman. So it’s no surprise you can find snowman-themed products, from plush toys to...

Do billionaires get farm subsidies?

A blockbuster report by the Government Accountability Office revealed that more than 1,300 “high-income” farmers received subsidies from the federal crop insurance program. But Congress has barred the...

5 wetland species swamped by toxic ‘forever chemicals’

Wetlands like bogs and swamps are found across the United States, and although wetland habitats only make up about one percent of the earth’s surface, they are considered some of the most biologically...

EWG statement on California appeals court hearing over CPUC's rooftop solar decision

A panel of California appeals court judges heard oral arguments on Wednesday as part of a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Protect Our Communities Foundation and...

Sweater weather worries: What to know before you layer up

As temperatures drop and holiday shopping kicks into high gear, it’s time to talk about the many chemicals that might lurk in the clothes filling your gift bags.

Four ways to reduce emissions from food and farming

Food and farming is a large – and growing – source of greenhouse gas emissions. As officials gather for a global climate change conference, here are four steps the Biden administration can take to...

How EWG saved Christmas: Healthy stocking stuffers under $20

Rushing downstairs on Christmas morning to check your stocking is one of the oldest and most treasured yuletide traditions. But finding the perfect stocking stuffers isn’t always as enjoyable.

Microplastics in the Great Lakes: Unsafe for wildlife

From Milwaukee to Buffalo, the Great Lakes span over 500 miles and contain 84 percent of North America’s surface freshwater. But the iconic lakes – and the wildlife they’re home to – may be in danger.

The EPA hasn’t banned this brain-damaging pesticide, so states are stepping up

Chlorpyrifos is the most widely used organophosphate pesticide in the U.S., with millions of pounds sprayed every year. Scientists have definitively linked it to severe brain damage in children and...

USDA: Conservation backlogs grow despite new climate-smart funding

New data from the Department of Agriculture show that farmer demand for USDA farm stewardship support continues to outstrip available funds, despite $19.5 billion of additional funding for climate...

Abandoned: Unsafe ‘forever chemicals’ levels in thousands of drinking water samples near 63 military bases

Across the U.S., the Defense Department has contaminated potentially thousands of private drinking water wells with dangerous amounts of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. But the DOD has...
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