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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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The House Passed a Major Roll Back of Consumer Safety Laws, Let’s Stop the Senate

If you haven’t heard about one of the scariest bills moving through Congress—the REINS Act—don’t worry, most people haven’t either. Despite the quiet nature of this bill’s progress, it has the potential to roll back some of the biggest, most important consumer safety laws we have at the federal level. And for me, this is […]

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Non-Toxic Tampons: Just the Facts

It’s hard for me to think about a more intimate product than a tampon. I’ve been writing for years about toxic chemicals that have found their way into everyday consumer products, our makeup and our homes. And for some reason, I’ve only lightly touched the topic about harmful chemicals in feminine hygiene products. And then TIME magazine wrote about this […]

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What’s next for Subway’s “yoga mat” chemical?

I like yoga and I like tasty sandwiches. But I don’t like eating harmful chemicals that are found in yoga mats, rubber soles and other plastic products. Unfortunately that’s what I’ve been doing. Earlier this year Subway was called out for their use of a chemical, called azodicarbonamide (yeah I can’t pronounce it either), in […]

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The Ugly Truth About Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics

The ingredients used in the products we rub on our skin, dab around our eyes, spray on our bodies, and massage into our scalp are—for the most part—unregulated. There isn’t a federal agency in charge of checking to make sure that these chemicals and finished beauty products are safe for long or short term use. In fact, approximately 80% of […]

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How to Avoid Harmful Food Additives

As we’ve explored in Part I and II of this series, our federal laws on chemical food additives are deeply flawed and broken. Major loopholes have allowed for food manufacturers to use whatever additives they want, with little public information or transparency regarding safety. Clearly we have a lot of work to do in the […]

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