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Toxic Chemicals in Air Fresheners

Air Fresheners

Toxic chemicals in air fresheners imageWe are bombarded by air fresheners seemingly every day – in the workplace, businesses, public restrooms, schools, homes of friends and family, and even taxis and car services. On store shelves you’ll find them in numerous forms: electric, automatic misting sprays, gels, beads, plug-ins, heated oils, sprays and more.

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Spreading Holiday Cheer Without Toxic Fear

A Guide to Safer Candles & Scents

Toxic chemicals in candles imageAs the cold of winter slowly creeps into the air, we find joy in the search for ways to add warmth to shorter days. Warmth in family and friends joining our homes, and warmth in seasonal products which heighten our senses.

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Wrap it Better: MADE SAFE’s Guide to Sustainable Gift Wrapping

BY SYDNEY COOK

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.
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Climate Strike – Let’s Create the World We Want

The mass mobilization to protect our planet starts Sept 20

BY AMY ZIFF

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At MADE SAFE we think about the ecosystem all-day, every day. In our hazard-based approach, we not only look for ingredients that won’t harm humans, but we screen to ensure that ingredients won’t harm our air, soil, water, aquatic life, or animals. 

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Safer School Supply Solutions

 
safer school supply solutions graphicBY AMY ZIFF

The reality is that there are unsafe chemicals in school supplies. At worst there are carcinogens in the classroom and what parents don’t realize is that they’re buying these harmful products and sending their kids to school with them each and every day.

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The Dangers of Jewelry, Especially Children’s Jewelry

 
Amy Ziff Jewelry Blog Post graphicBY AMY ZIFF

My Grandmother Helen always taught us to save up to buy good jewelry. While I have a few family heirlooms, I’m not sure I’m living up to my grandmother’s mandate. My jewelry box contains antiques from fairs and a funky collection of colorful pieces that remind me of certain times in my life. There are also trinkets and mementos I just can’t part with. A few items are “good” investments, I suppose. But what has the most value is hard to say. Who knows what most of them are actually worth or what they are actually made of?

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Clean-Washed Is the New Green-Washed

 
Clean-washed graphicBY AMY ZIFF

Lately, I’ve noticed that a lot of brands are using the term “clean” to describe their products.

The natural next thought is, “…what are clean products?” And what can you expect if you see the term “clean” on a label or in a store? (more…)

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Made Safe Can Be a Solution to the Chemical Conundrum, If We Let It.

 
Concerned about chemicals graphicBY AMY ZIFF

On February 9th, the New York Times published an article on cosmetics safety written by their Editorial Board – representing the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. The piece aptly noted that there is a problem in the U.S. with harmful ingredients in cosmetics products. For any of my followers, this news is certainly not new, but it’s nice to see mainstream attention to an issue I’m so passionate about. The board argued for strong legislation in response to the problem, and said it’s the only response.

But I say, not so fast…

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