toxic chemicals and our health

When to Believe the Hype: Navigating Scary Headlines About Toxic Chemicals & Your Health

It wasn’t long ago, when environmental health advocates were trying desperately to get the media to cover new scientific research about harmful chemicals in everyday products. The tides have shifted and it’s now common place to see alarming headlines about toxic chemicals their impacts on our health. But as average consumers of the media, how are […]

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5 Ingredients to Avoid in Cosmetics and Safer Products that Work

Due to the unregulated nature of the beauty industry, companies can—and do—use chemicals linked to cancer in makeup. The last several years however there has been a rise in companies creating “non-toxic” aka “safer, greener, and cleaner” cosmetics. So how do you understand which products are actually safer? And of those companies, which products actually work? […]

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Tests Find Widespread Exposure to Hormone Disrupting Chemicals in Cheese

Being a Minnesotan, cheese is my favorite food group…yes, it’s a food group. And it’s the fat in cheese that makes it so damn good (any humbolt fog fans out there?). But the fat in cheese doesn’t just give this food its creamy texture, flavor, and consistency. Fat easily stores contaminants, specifically plasticizer chemicals, called phthalates (THAL-ates) which […]

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Scientific Consensus Forms Around Toxicity of Triclosan and Triclocarban

A group of over 200 scientists recently published a consensus statement confirming the toxicity of triclosan and triclocarban, commonly used ingredients in liquid hand soaps and personal care products. The paper was published in the well respected peer reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives earlier this month. You may recognize triclosan and triclocarban, as they have been widely used […]

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4 Simple Tools to Help You Find Safer Beauty Products

For anyone who’s tried to navigate the green beauty world, it’s no secret that greenwashing is abound (aka false advertising, claiming something is cleaner, or greener than it is). As you may know by now, there are endless certifications for different types of ingredients (organic vs. conventional plant ingredients), cruelty free (free of animal testing), GMO-free […]

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