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Concerned Supermodel Cindy Crawford Pulls Kids Out of Toxic School

Concerned Supermodel Cindy Crawford Pulls Kids Out of Toxic School

We recently wrote about Malibu Unites, an inspirational coalition of concerned parents, teachers, community members, and public figures from across the U.S. who are attempting to rid our schools of toxins

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Join Malibu Unites to Help Advocate for Non-toxic American Schools

Join Malibu Unites to Help Advocate for Non-toxic American Schools

Schools in America are more toxic than ever. Luckily, there are groups like Malibu Unites - a coalition of concerned parents, teachers, community members, scientists, public figures and environmental

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New Metal-Eating Shrub Species Could Clean Up Toxic Waste Sites Around the World

New Metal-Eating Shrub Species Could Clean Up Toxic Waste Sites Around the World

A newly described shrub species is capable of consuming between 100 to 1000 times the amount of nickel that normal plants can. A team from the University of the Philippines-Los Baños that described the

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HOW TO: Steer Clear of Toxic Chemicals for Greener and Healthier Spring Cleaning

HOW TO: Steer Clear of Toxic Chemicals for Greener and Healthier Spring Cleaning

Image via Shutterstock Spring cleaning is supposed to help preserve a healthy and happy home, but disturbing discoveries about toxic household cleaners make us wonder if our annual ritual actually does

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Apple Criticized for Toxic Chemicals in Smartphone Sweatshops

Apple Criticized for Toxic Chemicals in Smartphone Sweatshops

Apple is known for its sleek design and pristine stores. Engaging with Apple products feels like stepping into the future, so why is the company's treatment of workers stuck in the Stone Age?

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The Dirty Truth Behind Pear Packaging – and Why You Should Always Buy Organic

The Dirty Truth Behind Pear Packaging – and Why You Should Always Buy Organic

In the age of 24-hour supermarkets and strawberries in December, we've become disconnected from the reality of food. Grocery store shelves are always stocked, so we rarely stop to think about where food

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Chemical Contamination Threatens to Turn San Francisco Bay into a Toxic Soup

Chemical Contamination Threatens to Turn San Francisco Bay into a Toxic Soup

San Francisco is world-famous for its clam chowder, but a new report from the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Board threatens to make the city notorious for another, less appetizing kind of soup.

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Study Warns Your Feminine Products May be Trying to Kill You

Study Warns Your Feminine Products May be Trying to Kill You

Clearly, the last thing a woman wants to worry about when taking care of her most sensitive parts is whether or not her health products are dangerous. A recent report by the Women's Voices for the Earth

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Walmart to Phase Out Some Toxic Chemicals Used in Cosmetics and Cleaners

Walmart to Phase Out Some Toxic Chemicals Used in Cosmetics and Cleaners

Photo by Shutterstock Mega-retailer Walmart announced Thursday that it will soon require suppliers to phase out 10 toxic chemicals from cosmetics, household cleaners, fragrances and personal care

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Gap Promises to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals from Clothes

Gap Promises to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals from Clothes

Clothing retailer Gap recently announced plans to phase out toxic chemicals from all of its products and supply chain, and it became one of the latest companies to commit to the Zero Discharge of

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Billionaire Climate Activist Tom Steyer Launches Anti Keystone XL Pipeline Campaign

Billionaire Climate Activist Tom Steyer Launches Anti Keystone XL Pipeline Campaign

Oil Spill photo from Shutterstock Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer just launched an anti-Keystone XL Pipeline campaign that mobilizes President Obama's grassroots supporters to help the

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VIDEO: Inhabitots Interviews Dr. Alan Greene About Toxic Chemicals and Your Family’s Health

VIDEO: Inhabitots Interviews Dr. Alan Greene About Toxic Chemicals and Your Family’s Health

Over on Inhabitots I recently had the chance to speak with Dr. Alan Greene, pediatrician, father of four and leading authority on the subject of green and healthy parenting, about how to keep your family

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Report Finds Over 5,000 Children’s Products Contain Toxic Chemicals

Report Finds Over 5,000 Children’s Products Contain Toxic Chemicals

Photo via Shutterstock A new report by the Washington Toxic Coalition and Safer States has revealed that over 5,000 children's products contain toxic chemicals associated with cancer, hormone

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PepsiCo to Remove Flame Retardant from Gatorade Thanks to Teenager’s Petition

PepsiCo to Remove Flame Retardant from Gatorade Thanks to Teenager’s Petition

We know what you’re thinking. “Wait, there are flame retardants in Gatorade?” Yep, Brominated vegetable oil (BVO), a chemical that’s used as a flame retardant, is included in

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Ecouterre’s Year in Shame — Vote for the Most Deplorable Story of 2012

Ecouterre’s Year in Shame — Vote for the Most Deplorable Story of 2012

From environmental crimes caused by toxic pollution to the mounting human cost of cheap fashion, 2012 featured some serious lowlights. Over at Ecouterre, we've rounded up seven stories we'd sooner

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Zara Pledges to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals After Being Called Out By Consumers

Zara Pledges to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals After Being Called Out By Consumers

After a week of intense pressure from Greenpeace’s “Detox” campaign, Zara and its parent company have pledged to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from its supply chain and products by

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“Dirty White Gold’s” Leah Borromeo Talks About Farmer Suicides and GM Cotton

“Dirty White Gold’s” Leah Borromeo Talks About Farmer Suicides and GM Cotton

Cotton is at the heart of clothing manufacturing, but as most only see the material in its final, hanger-hugging form, few are aware of the incredible human and environmental costs associated with its

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Greenpeace-Sponsored Study Finds Toxic Chemicals in Outerwear by Many Popular Brands

Greenpeace-Sponsored Study Finds Toxic Chemicals in Outerwear by Many Popular Brands

A study commissioned by Greenpeace Germany and conducted by two independent laboratories has found that many of the most popular outdoor clothing companies use toxic chemicals in their clothing.

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Johnson & Johnson Again Announces Plans to Remove Chemicals from Products

Johnson & Johnson Again Announces Plans to Remove Chemicals from Products

In the fall of 2011, baby care company Johnson & Johnson announced that it would soon be phasing out all harmful chemicals from its products. The announcement came in response to a study published

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Environmentalists Protest US Navy War Games Due to Sinking of Three Ships

Environmentalists Protest US Navy War Games Due to Sinking of Three Ships

Thanks to films like Battleship, we all know that war games are a crucial part of the US Navy's defense strategy. They provide ships' crews with the necessary training and expertise that they will need

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New Report Warns That Spray-Tanning Could Cause Cancer

New Report Warns That Spray-Tanning Could Cause Cancer

We know this is bad news for those of you who thought of spray-tanning as a safe alternative to UV exposure, but the active chemical used in spray tans, dihydroxyacetone (or DHA), can cause genetic

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Flame Retardant Manufacturers Rely on Fear, Tobacco Industry Tactics

Flame Retardant Manufacturers Rely on Fear, Tobacco Industry Tactics

Flame retardants are abundant in household furniture, despite the fact that they only delay fires by a few seconds and the inhalation of such chemicals often kills victims before an actual fire. While

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New Research Links Phthalates to Type 2 Diabetes

New Research Links Phthalates to Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetic is doing a glucose – Image from Shutterstock Phthalates are a family of chemicals that are used in plastics, fragrances and a variety of other consumer products. Because they serve as

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California Regulators Find Dangerous Chemicals in Nail Polishes Despite “Nontoxic” Label

California Regulators Find Dangerous Chemicals in Nail Polishes Despite “Nontoxic” Label

If you’ve been feeling good about your “three-free” non-toxic polish, we have some bad news for you, your splash of color may not be as safe as you think. According to regulators in

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Greenpeace’s 3D Street Art Teaches About Toxic Chemicals in Our Laundry

Greenpeace’s 3D Street Art Teaches About Toxic Chemicals in Our Laundry

Greenpeace activists and Planet Streetpainting artists teamed up to create this amazing optical illusion at the World Fashion Centre in Amsterdam. The piece is bringing attention to hidden toxic

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Stroller Brigades Push for Approval of Safe Chemicals Act of 2011

Stroller Brigades Push for Approval of Safe Chemicals Act of 2011

This past week parents across the country joined forces to support the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 (S.847) that is now up for vote in Congress. Dubbing themselves the “Stroller Brigades”,

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Discovery in Insect Skin Could Lead to Chemical Free Insecticides

Discovery in Insect Skin Could Lead to Chemical Free Insecticides

The discovery of a protective protein in the skin of insects could help scientists develop a chemical-free insecticide. When insects are molting they secrete an enzyme that dissolves their old skin, and

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California Approves BPA Ban for Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups

California Approves BPA Ban for Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups

Good news for parents in the Golden State: This week, the California State Senate voted to ban the chemical bisphenol A from all baby bottles and sippy cups sold in California. BPA was adopted in the

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Greenpeace Links Nike and Adidas to Toxic River Polluters in China

Greenpeace Links Nike and Adidas to Toxic River Polluters in China

Talk about dirty laundry. Enviro-watchdog Greenpeace recently nabbed Nike and Adidas for working with Chinese factories responsible for washing heavy metals and hormone-disrupting substances in the

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House of Representatives Votes to Cut 93% of Funding for Poison Control Centers

House of Representatives Votes to Cut 93% of Funding for Poison Control Centers

Photo ©hberends via sxc Now this is a story that has us scratching our heads for sure. Last Saturday, the House of Representatives voted to cut $27.3 million (about 93%) of federal funding for poison

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