Many of us don’t realize that access to soap and a place to wash our hands is still a luxury that is out of reach for people in many corners of the world. Today, 1.4 million children still die from diseases that could be prevented through the simple act of handwashing. For Soapply founder, Mera McGrew, this became obvious when she lived and worked in Africa. She returned to the US determined to build a soap company, but Soapply is about more than just soap. (more…)
Plastic Free July is a global movement engaging millions of people to become part of the solution to plastic pollution. The movement specifically asks each of us – that means you, me, and everyone else who is willing – to refuse single-use plastic.
As the world watches the Coronavirus continue to evolve, one thing we know for certain is that it’s imperative to enact proper handwashing. That simple act alone can play an important role in helping to protect us.
Growing up, my mom’s wrapped gifts were essentially works of art. She turned simple paper, typically brown, elevated by a different theme each year into eye candy: artistic and ornate wintertime twigs, holiday plaid, burlap. The designs usually involved handmade bows of different sizes and designs made of various fabrics from velvet to cotton. Even her “bad” wrapping jobs were (and still are) perfect. (more…)
MADE SAFE Certified Products with Sustainable Packaging
At MADE SAFE we look at all aspects of toxicity when we screen a product’s ingredients. We consider human health and environmental harm as well as animal and aquatic life harm. Taking all of this into account is what makes our ecosystem evaluation, conducted under MADE SAFE’s proprietary screening, unique and comprehensive. We don’t permit ingredients that will harm ocean life, pollinators, birds and many more creatures that are particularly impacted by the plastic pollution problem today.
No matter how we look at it, single-use-plastic can no longer be justified. Each of us must take it on ourselves to refuse plastic wherever and whenever possible. The solution starts with each of us. While we recognize that going to zero-waste takes a lot of time and thought (and may not be possible for everyone), reducing and refusing is a crucial starting point. In this new section we are highlighting brands that are going the extra mile beyond just MADE SAFE ingredients to package their products using renewable, sustainable and more responsible packaging. Some of this packaging contains a minimal amount of plastic and has been marked with a + sign while packaging with absolutely no plastic whatsoever is marked with a ø.
We’re providing this MADE SAFE certified products with sustainable packaging area so shoppers can easily find options packed largely in glass, bamboo, or using other creative alternatives. Whenever possible, we hope you will continue to use your hard-earned dollars to support companies offering MADE SAFE certified products who are making better, safer, more sustainable products for a future where humans and all creatures can thrive.
KEY ø packaging contains no plastic + packaging contains a minimal amount of plastic
NOTE: At this time, MADE SAFE does not certify packaging. However, because brands with MADE SAFE certified products are conscious of their impacts on human and environmental health, they typically make thoughtful decisions about product packaging. If you would like additional information about product packaging, reach out to the individual brand in which you’re interested.
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Disclaimer: The Initial Look™ Evaluation and Transformation Partner programs are separate and distinct from and not in any way associated with or related to the MADE SAFE® certification program. Participation in the Initial Look™ Evaluation and/or Transformation Partner program does not entitle the participant to use the MADE SAFE® certification mark in any manner.