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Flame Retardant Safety ~ What Say the EPA?

The Environmental Protection Agency will review 20 flame retardants used in common household items, in response to mounting research linking these chemicals to cancer, neurological damage and other health effects. The EPA will conduct risk assessments on four of the chemicals under the existing Toxic Substances Control Act, legislation that the agency acknowledges needs to be reformed in order to better protect Americans from toxic chemicals. 

Venting Is Good + Other Tips to Detox Your Air

Home ventilation and indoor climate control are important, but removing the sources responsible for off-gassing is a more impactful first step. After all, prevention trumps remediation any day! Need some inspiration to tackle your own home detox? Here’s what I’m spritzing, scooping and savoring this spring cleaning season.

Tools Make the Gardener, and You’re Not Made of Plastic

Fisher Blacksmithing Handmade Gardening Tools

Gardening allows us to carve out a piece of true, personalized beauty in our corner of the world. However, many of our garden tools are made with flimsy plastic handles and metal fixtures that rust, bend, or corrode into ugliness. If you’re someone who appreciates aesthetics (which, if you're a gardener, you probably do), that’s not an ideal situation. And if you’re someone who loves our planet, it’s doubly disconcerting. Fortunately, with a greater focus placed on sustainability in our culture, the artisan is making a triumphant return. Featuring Fisher Blacksmithing.

Household Products ~ A Global Health Threat

More than 800 man-made chemicals found in everyday products - in your household cleaners, makeup, electronics, canned food, and clothing - are becoming “a global threat that needs to be resolved,” according to a new report from the World Health Organization and United Nations Environment Program.

Advancing Sustainability ~ From Revolution to Evolution

Sustainability, like brands, must not be a fight against or a vision outside society, but part of it. It is time to drop the proselytism, quit the “sacrifice for a better world” argument and above all stop trying to change people’s behaviors. In order to fully go mainstream, sustainability shouldn’t...

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Clean’s the New “Green”

At the heart of the “going green” movement is the issue of sustainability. It’s about finding ways to address the needs of the current generation without fouling things up for generations to come. The mission itself seems simple and self-explanatory. Who couldn’t get behind something like it?  Unfortunately, what “green”...

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Something’s Fishy with Farmed Fish

Did you know... Global farmed fish production now tops beef production? And that this year, for the first time ever, people will eat more fish raised on farms than caught in the wild? Fish is widely thought of as a healthful and environmentally friendly alternative to beef. But farm-raised fish...

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