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MADE SAFE Solutions for Safer School Supplies

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August is fast-approaching, which means you might be prepping for your kids to head back to school. You’ve likely been given a long list of school supplies to buy. Unfortunately, many common back-to-school items can contain toxic ingredients.

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Microplastics – Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

The need for Plastic Free July extends beyond the plastic pollution that we can see with the naked eye.

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Plastics are relatively new to the world, having only existed for a little over one hundred years. As is the case with so many chemicals in use today, plastics have been used widely since their conception, proliferating in our environment prior to our having a complete understanding of their effects. For this reason, we are more or less living in an uncontrolled experiment on the effects of plastic chemistries.

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Choosing the Right Sunscreen this Season

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Safe sunscreen is one of the products that concerned consumers ask about most. We want to protect our skin from the damaging, possibly carcinogenic rays while enjoying time outdoors, in nature, getting sun-kissed without having to worry about chemicals. Sadly, sunscreen is complicated. Sometimes the chemicals that are designed to protect skin can be harmful to our health in other ways and harsh to other elements in nature, particularly aquatic life such as fish or coral reefs.

Does this mean we should skip the sunscreen?

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Celebrate Earth Day by Refusing Single-Use Plastics

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As we celebrate Earth Day, the MADE SAFE® team is looking at ways that we can refuse single-use plastic, and even reduce the amount of plastic we consume – period.

There are so many issues related to plastic pollution – it causes problems for our health, our aquatic ecosystems, our food systems, and our communities. The ubiquitous problem of plastic as a material encompasses everything from endocrine disruption to a lack of biodegradability, and many more issues in-between. For this reason, MADE SAFE Certification does not permit the use of single-use plastic in any Certified products and we encourage sustainable packaging practices.

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Bee Friendly – How Ditching Pesticides Can Help Pollinators

Ditch harmful pesticides and protect a vital part of our ecosystem.

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Pollinators are crucial to life on earth. Many varieties of plants – fruits and vegetables included – rely on animals for pollination, which is essentially the reproductive fertilization of the plant. Honey bees are perhaps one of the best-known pollinators, but other animals and insects such as ants, butterflies, beetles, and birds act as pollinators as well.

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MADE SAFE’s Guide to Spring Cleaning

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Spring is nature’s way of offering a fresh beginning. With the season upon us, we’re reminded to take stock and start anew – which must be why so many people feel inspired to do spring cleaning!  Below, you will find our list of areas to focus on cleaning this spring, including product recommendations to help you get the job done. There’s no need to use the toxic chemicals found in conventional cleaning products that pollute your indoor air and harm your health. The MADE SAFE® Certified products we recommend below have earned the MADE SAFE seal by going through our rigorous certification process to ensure that they are ecosystem-sound, meaning they are safe for humans, the environment, and the fellow creatures we share this beautiful planet with.

Happy ‘clean’ cleaning!

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Phytonutrients & Why You Should Eat the Rainbow

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Dr. Deanna Minich, nutrition researcher, functional medicine doctor, and advisor to MADE SAFE, recently appeared on the Discover podcast with Dr. Dan to discuss the benefits of eating a varied and colorful diet. Dr. Minich describes phytonutrients, compounds found in plants that benefit the gut microbiome and overall health, and how to incorporate these into your diet.

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New Year’s Resolution: Reduce Exposure to Environmental Toxins

Five Tips for Avoiding Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals in 2022

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The start of a New Year is always the time to ponder new beginnings—new habits we want to commit to, resolutions on moving toward a better version of ourselves, or simply showing up in the world as our true selves. Our goals can often be broad or specific. With so many ideas it can often become hard to deliver. If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to live a healthier lifestyle, we can help! We have step-by-step opportunities for you to increase your well-being by eliminating everyday, household toxins from your life. Try these five practical tips in the coming year and check off those goals!

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MADE SAFE Tips for Nontoxic Holidays

Enjoy the Season Without Compromising Your Health and Sustainability Goals

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The holiday season brings many things to look forward to—time with family and friends, intentionality, good food, and cozy memory-making moments. With so much else going on in this season, making healthier decisions can get set aside because, well, who has the time for that right now?!

The answer is, that’s the job of MADE SAFE! So, we put together our top tips for making healthier choices – especially during the holiday season.

Check out some of our favorite ways to make the holidays safe and sustainable below.

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Microplastics Are Everywhere… Even in Poop

BY AMY ZIFF

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If you’ve been following MADE SAFE® for some time, you have heard us talk about the problem of plastic pollution and, in particular, the problem of microplastics (MPs). MPs are pervasive in the environment—ending up in all sorts of places thanks to their small size. MPs have been found in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and even the dust in our homes.

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