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Clean Beauty Q&A with Agnieszka Wilson, humanitarian and founder of Urban Witches

I met Agnieszka Wilson this spring when we were fellow panel speakers for the Kota Alliance, an organization that elevates collaboration across borders for women-centered nonprofits, NGOs, social enterprises and entrepreneurs, businesses and startups that share the goal of improving gender equality and supporting women.

After our panel event, Aga gave me a selection of products from her newly launched line of lotions, serums, balms, and more.

I have...

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Fossil Fuels in Your Self-Care and Beauty Products

by Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

We use fossil fuels as coal, natural gas, and petroleum (sometimes called crude oil). These types of fossil fuels help us create not only energy (e.g. gasoline in cars), but also various household products—including those in your self-care and beauty routines!

This article highlights key things you should know about the ingredients in your self-care and beauty products that are made from fossil fuels.

If the idea of fossil fuels in your...

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Support Retailers Leading The Way towards Safer Household Products

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families works hard to protect us from toxic chemicals by fighting to strengthen laws, working with retailers to phase out hazardous chemicals from the marketplace, and educating the public about how to protect our families from toxic chemicals. 

The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition represents more than 11 million individuals—including parents, health professionals, advocates for people with learning and developmental disabilities,...

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Why Choose Glass Over Plastic?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

As you detox your home, it’s important to understand what materials to avoid, but almost more important to know what materials to choose! Glass is one of the materials consistently preferred over plastic for two big reasons: it’s better for people and for the environment.

In 2013, 299 million tons of plastics were produced(1). That number increases each year. Plastic water bottles alone increased by 39.8 billion within 14...

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What We Can Learn from The Declining Health of Bees

diet environment Jun 08, 2017

 

Bees are crucial to our food supply. Approximately one-third of our food relies on bees as pollinators, a service that has been valued at $US 168 billion per year worldwide. In the US, bees contribute more than $15 billion to our crop production, according to the USDA.

 

Bee populations are in jeopardy

Starting in late 2006, US beekeepers began reporting alarming losses of bee populations, reporting losses of 30-90%. This emerging, and global, phenomenon became known...

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Beekeeper Laura Klahre, founder of Blossom Meadow, on the pollination crisis and simple steps to help

diet environment podcast Jun 08, 2017
 

 

Laura Klahre, founder of Blossom Meadow

A marine biologist by trade, Laura Klahre, founder of Blossom Meadow, is a beekeeper in the North Fork of Eastern Long Island. During August 2016, she was kind enough to enlighten my team and I on the lives of bees. After having a dream in 1997 that she was a beekeeper, she started beekeeping with one beehive, which eventually grew to 100 beehives. 

Listen to my podcast with Laura by clicking below. In addition,...

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Tips for Better Recycling

environment Sep 15, 2015

Recycling: It's not as simple as I assumed. Even if manufacturers choose to use materials that can be recycled, the post below, from a member of my team, Ashley S. Cooke, taught me that there's more I can do to help make sure that my garbage gets recycled.

During a recent family trip to Baltimore and the National Aquarium, I was struck by the great amount of effort the aquarium put forth to educate guests on conservation and environmental health. As a few examples, they handed out free...

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Unexpected Purpose: Ladybugs

environment Jul 08, 2015

With the completion of my book A to Z of D-Toxing underway, this will be the first summer since my first child was born seven years ago that I'll have free time. Since my book project immersed me into the complexities and wonders of science and nature, I've been looking forward to exploring both of them more with my children, especially since we'll be spending our summer amid farms and the ocean in eastern Long Island.

Dr. Leslie Ladd Allee of Cornell University...

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