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Exposed: A TEDx Talk with MADE SAFE Founder Amy Ziff

BY AMY ZIFF

Amy Ziff headshotI recently gave a TEDx talk in the Berkshires speaking about environmentally-induced illness and disease. Did you know that one quarter of all deaths worldwide could be prevented if we mitigated environmental exposures?

If you want to learn more about how exposures to endocrine-disrupting and other toxic chemicals in our everyday lives rob us of our health and wellbeing, then watch my full talk (we’ll post it here as soon as it’s ready!) In the meantime, here are five things I would urge you to start doing now to reduce your exposure to harmful substances:

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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…)

6 Tips from MADE SAFE for Plastic-Free Living

 
Plastic-free living tips graphicAs we participate in Plastic Free July this year, the MADE SAFE team is considering ways that we can refuse single-use plastic and reduce the amount of plastic we consume in general. Plastic pollution causes an enormous number of problems for oceans, freshwater ecosystems, our food systems, and our communities. At MADE SAFE, we understand the far-reaching problems of plastic—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 also highlight brands that use sustainable packaging for their products.

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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’s Inside Scoop: 10 Tips for a Low-Tox Picnic

 
Low-Tox Picnic blog graphicThe sun is shining and if you’re anything like us, you can’t wait to indulge in summertime’s greatest food and gathering traditions. While we are eager to celebrate, we’re also eager to live with a light touch and not waste. Whether you are packing up to go on a picnic or preparing a backyard grill, our team has some tips to share for how we celebrate the summer season with a low-tox lifestyle in mind.

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MADE SAFE’s Clean Sweep: Spring Cleaning Tips

8 Creative Cleaning Tips from the MADE SAFE Team

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Springtime is synonymous with a clean start, but our homes are especially in need of an annual freshening up this year after a seemingly endless “shelter-at home.” As a team, we’re always sharing nontoxic tips and tricks with each other, and we recently spent some time kicking around our favorite spring cleaning hacks. So today we’re sharing the highlights with you – bust out your mop and scrub brush and get down to business with these eight tips from our team!

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A Greener Easter

BY AMY ZIFF

Before my kids went to school, I found it easy to control how we celebrated (or not) each holiday. I had more control over the kinds of products we purchased, from toys to personal care – making each one a meaningful reflection of our values. Then, we were able to live in a more minimalist, sugar-free way. It seems abstemious now, but back then, it was just how we rolled. But once my kids hit school, everything changed.

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Nontoxic Intimacy: Ingredients of Concern in Sexual Health Products

Nontoxic Intimacy blog graphicValentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love of all kinds. While our kids are writing notes and sending chocolates, we can’t help but think about the different forms of intimacy. And thinking about intimacy leads us to the concerning ingredients found in many sexual health products.

This blog is filled with tips for avoiding yucky ingredients that have no place in your intimacy plans. Products that are used in sensitive areas of your body are especially important to consider, as the tissue in these areas is more permeable than the rest of your skin. That’s why sexual health products should not be made with or contaminated by potentially harmful or harsh ingredients. Read on to learn about some common ingredients better left outside of the bedroom. (more…)

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