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Sea Animals Don’t Want to Eat Your Face Wash

If you use a typical off-the-shelf face cleanser or body wash that claims to be an "exfoliator" or "scrub," chances are, its scouring power comes from tiny pieces of plastic called microbeads. Thes…

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The Worst Food for our Planet?

A new study by American and Israeli researchers has determined the environmental cost of producing beef, dairy, poultry, pork and eggs. Their findings reveal the high price the planet pays per calorie…

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Monsanto is Messing With Animals’ Sperm

Animals exposed to the commonly-used pesticide Roundup are more likely to have an impaired sperm structure, suggests†new research from the University of Caen, France. The scientists investigated th…

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13 Labels to Look For When Shopping & Considering the Planet

Buying "green" can be confusing! Many products claim to be "natural," "eco-friendly," and "biodegradable." But what in the world does that mean? Unfortunately, because there's no standardized definiti…

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We’re Wasting Food & Money By Misreading These Labels

"Sell By," "Best By," "Use By." If food labels are confusing you, you're not alone. That confusion is causing us to dump tons of perfectly edible food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic R…

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8 Tips for Going Vegan on a Budget

One of the myths about the vegan lifestyle is that itís too expensive for the average or low-income family. Perhaps this is because many people relate the term Ďveganí or a plant-based diet to pre-pac…

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FDA Approves Pain-Killer Linked to Death

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the first generic version of Celebrex (celecoxib), a potent and potentially lethal pain-killer.† Celebrex was the lone survivor of the "bi…

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6 Super Snacks to Grab During the Work Week

Life is hectic.†Study after study concludes that people are trying to do too much in too little time and it is taking its toll.† Unfortunately, most people try to gain the time back by skipping meals …

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3 Essential Oils You’ll Want to Use This Summer

What scents remind you of summer? Perhaps the bright sweet smell of fresh cut grass comes to mind, or the smoky warm scent of a campfire. What about the scent of peppermint? Lavender? Or lemongrass…

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12 Great Ways to Use Castile Soap

I buy my castile soap in bulk. I'm just a super twigs-and-granola kinda gal, which means I use castile soap by the bucketful. But don't worry, for those less committed to "crunchy" life, they also sel…

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