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O-zoning Out

O-zoning Out

Pollution + Heat = Ozone Action. The Department of Environmental Quality monitors daily air quality. If conditions indicate that the temperature and pollution are high enough, it will create an elevated amount of ground-level ozone. PM 2.5 is Tiny, but ...
Who’s Minding Our Drinking Water?

Who’s Minding Our Drinking Water?

Here’s Where it Gets Interesting. The EPA oversees water quality in your home, while the FDA ensures the safety of bottled water. But the federal government doesn’t require bottled water to be safer than that from the tap. While larger ...
Seafood and Sushi, Eggs and Yogurt

Seafood and Sushi, Eggs and Yogurt

Let’s start with seafood and sushi. There are 2 things to consider: Our waters are contaminated, and this affects the safety of the fish you are consuming; secondly, due to unsustainable fishing practices we need to make better choices for a healthier ...
Plastic Coffee

Plastic Coffee

Is Bad for the Environment. Right from the start, I knew coffee pods were a bad idea for the health of our environment, and once I learned more about the chemicals used in manufacturing plastic it became even more apparent that coffee pods are also bad ...
Lathering Bodies with Chemical Slurries

Lathering Bodies with Chemical Slurries

We Need to Wake Up. The European Union has either restricted or completely banned more than 1,300 chemicals used in personal care products. In the US? Only eleven. The Guardian reports “The pendulum has swung in an extreme way and it’s really going to ...
Summer Bummers: Preventing Burns & Bug Bites

Summer Bummers: Preventing Burns & Bug Bites

Sunscreen is Killing the Coral. Scientists believe some of the chemicals found in sunscreens have a negative impact on corals. Those chemicals? Oxybenzone and octinoxate. Both Hawaii and Florida’s Key West have banned sunscreens with these two ...
Tracking in Chemicals on Our Shoes

Tracking in Chemicals on Our Shoes

More than Dirt On Our Shoes. 74% of households in the US use an average of 3 to 4 different pesticides per home, with residues found even on surfaces that have never been treated. So how does that happen? First, think of workers in occupations involving ...
Issues with Tissues

Issues with Tissues

Flushing Our Forests. How does your toilet paper rank with regards to sustainability? The Natural Resources Defense Council developed a sustainability scorecard to toilet paper brands due to the destruction of Canada’s Boreal Forest. However, ...
NASA Says Plants Clean the Air

NASA Says Plants Clean the Air

Toxic Outdoor Air. While China may be releasing a banned chemical into the air that is ozone-destroying, we’ve got our own problems here in the U.S. The Guardian reports, “Chemicals experts outside the industry say lobbying efforts demonstrate ...
Links Between Obesity and Chemical Exposure

Links Between Obesity and Chemical Exposure

It Isn’t Talked About. One thing rarely mentioned in initiatives to combat obesity and disease is exposure to obesogenic environmental chemicals. This group of chemicals acts directly on fat cells to increase their number or storage by altering ...
Sexual Health

Sexual Health

Couples Are Having Less Sex. An article published in USA Today suggested the pace of modern life is to blame for couples having less sex. Sure. I get it. The pace of modern life could certainly be a factor. But could there also be other factors to ...
Label Reading Just Got More Interesting

Label Reading Just Got More Interesting

The Watchdogs Have Our Back. The Environmental Working Group reminds us that if you can’t purchase a particular “ingredient” from your grocery store in order to prepare a food at home, you probably shouldn’t be eating it! VOCs, ...