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Conscious Consumer

Meet The Woman Who Didn’t Buy Anything New for a Year

I’ve been a fan of Jen Gale since learning about her Make Do and Mend Year. Basically for a year, she and her family pledged to not buy anything new and instead make and mend everything they needed. C…

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The Fast Food Industry’s Dirty Little Secret

In his documentary Supersize Me, Morgan Spurlock publicized the huge health costs of regularly consuming fast food. And, most people know that fast food is high in sugar, fat, sodium, chemical additiv…

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4 Ways You May Be a Minimalist and Not Even Know It

When most people hear the word “minimalism” they tend to assume it’s extreme in nature. After all, we oftentimes hear about how well-known minimalists live with less than 100 items -- which is neither…

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How Not to Spread Invasive Pests

When hungry insects decide to travel to new areas, they can devastate crops and trees and upset native ecosystems. And we humans often inadvertently provide transportation for these hungry pests. …

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How Much Salt is in Your McDonald’s Meal?

Exactly how much sodium is in your favorite McDonald’s guilty pleasure? I’ve compiled a list of some common foods to give you a sense. Keep in mind that most experts recommend getting less than 2300 m…

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Tell Harvard to Get Out of Fossil Fuel Investments

Students, professors and alumni at Harvard University are pressuring their institution to stop investing in companies that contribute directly to climate change and to divest from any coal, oil, or na…

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8 Common Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

Most people know the basics of recycling, but some items seem to slip through the cracks. Here are 8 items that you probably didn’t know are actually recyclable… Eyeglasses. You know that drawer of…

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Kraft Mac & Cheese Plans to Drop Artificial Ingredients

Kraft has recently announced that it will no longer use synthetic colors and artificial preservatives to create that familiar neon orange hue of its original mac & cheese. By January 2016, Kraft w…

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The World of Fair Trade Apparel: A Q&A With prAna’s Nicole Bassett

Clothes may make the man, but who makes the clothes? This is the question every conscious consumer asks before they make a purchase. Were the farmers that produced the cotton for my t-shirt compen…

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Dog Flu Outbreak in American Midwest: What Dog Owners Should Know

Dogs, like their human companions, can catch the flu, and when they do they suffer from uncomfortable upper respiratory symptoms and fevers. However, unlike human flu which is winding down for the sea…

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Roxana says it all.

Roberta, yes i did read the article. I'm not into coercion or insults either, just the truth. Sia…