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Book Review: Diet for a Small Planet 50th Anniversary Edition

New Revised & Updated Edition of Bestselling 1971 Book Speaks Volumes – 50 Years Later

BY AMY ZIFF

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It has been 50 years since Frances Moore Lappé’s Diet for a Small Planet first hit the shelves, yet the legacy of her message continues. In fact, it is a message still so needed in this day and age that a 50th Anniversary Edition with a new forward, updated data, and even new recipes has recently released.

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Toxic Chemicals in Pet Beds

 
Toxic chemicals in pet beds imageFor anyone with a beloved furry friend, we all know just how much our pets feel like members of our family. Many of us are vigilant about various aspects of our pet’s health such as their food, exercise and supplements, but perhaps we haven’t considered the ways our pets may be exposed to toxicants in our own homes.

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Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals in the Home

 
EDCs in the home graphicEndocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are substances in the environment, usually manmade, that mimic, block or interfere with hormones in the body’s endocrine system. They’re found in a wide variety of consumer goods including carpets, cookware, household dust, fragranced products, furniture, paints, personal care products, plastics, pesticides, certain pharmaceuticals, and unfiltered drinking water (due to contamination).

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Product Profile: Fabric & Textiles

 
Toxic chemicals in textiles imageTextiles are a huge part of our everyday lives—we use them to dry ourselves off from the shower, we clothe our bodies with them, and we sleep inside them when we go to bed at night. For many of us, we may have never given a second thought to the blanket on our bed or our favorite tee—but have you ever stopped to wonder… what’s this product made from? And, does that even matter? (more…)

Period Products: What’s in Them?

 
Toxic chemicals in period products imageIf you’ve ever looked at the ingredient label on a conventional pad or tampon box, you might find it lacking details about what’s inside. Maybe you’ve wondered what’s actually in there. But hey, it’s just cotton, right? 

Wrong. It turns out that most conventional pads and tampons are made with synthetic materials and toxic substances. (more…)

The Lawn Dilemma: Tips for Nontoxic Lawn & Garden Care

 
MADE SAFE tips for nontoxic lawn and garden care graphicThose of us graced with a yard to care for want our lawns and gardens to look healthy and attractive, but who wants to spend endless hours weeding? Doesn’t it seem the more weeds you pull the more pop up in their place? In the quest for lawn care solutions, many desire ease and expediency, but the MADE SAFE team is also looking out for the health of the soil. Read on for our favorite tips, including a few MADE SAFE staff favorites.

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MADE SAFE Tips for Your Safer Bug Repellent Search

 
Safer bug repellent blog graphicFinding a safer bug repellent can be a real buzzkill. Conventional bug repellents often contain a combination of active ingredients that are listed on the label, and inert ingredients that are typically not labeled. In many cases chemicals linked to human and environmental harm are found included in these products. Thankfully, there are safer approaches to keep those bugs away. To help you navigate the chemical confusion, we’re identifying a few of the top ingredient offenders and exploring alternative options. As always, the best way to shop products that have been vetted for human and environmental health is to look for the MADE SAFE® seal—scroll to the bottom for MADE SAFE certified bug solutions.

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MADE SAFE Tips for Your Safer Sunscreen Search

 
When it comes to finding safer sunscreen, it can be difficult navigating the many options out there. In this post, we highlight some of the active ingredients to avoid, and offer better alternatives. We’ve also listed MADE SAFE® certified sunscreen options to help you shop with confidence. If you just want the product recommendations, skip to the bottom!

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Hormones and the Skin

The Surprising Ways that Environmental Factors Can Affect Your Skin

BY AMY ZIFF

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I recently participated in a Clubhouse conversation arranged and moderated by Jennifer Fugo, MS, CNS, a clinical nutritionist and host of The Healthy Skin Show, and Rachael Pontillo, a MADE SAFE advisor and plant-based skincare expert, about hormones and how they impact the skin. Also speaking were Jill Crista, ND and Carrie Jones, MD – each an expert in this area.

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