Archive for January, 2011

Tips For Greener Household Cleaners

Published: 31 January 2011
Category: Phthalates, Uncategorized

According to “Property 24,” sales of natural cleaning products have more than doubled in the last two years. Some household cleaners may not be as green as they seem. Air fresheners, for example, may contain phthalates, formaldehyde and phosphates. However, you can make your own cleaning supplies by using basic ingredients such as baking soda, […]


Wal-Mart Pledges To Sell Healthier Foods

Published: 28 January 2011
Category: Uncategorized

The “Examiner” reports after hiring the former president of the Sierra Club to oversee its transition to a more sustainable company, Wal-Mart has announced a plan to make its food items healthier. This involves reducing sugar and salt in processed food, eliminating trans fats, and lowering prices on fresh produce. Kelly Brownell, a prominent expert […]


Family Goes Local For One Year

Published: 27 January 2011
Category: Local, Sustainability

According to “Earth 911,” a North Scottsdale family has embarked on a mission to buy everything from only local businesses for one full year. The Levitch family is not only doing it in hopes of sparking the local economy, but also benefiting the environment. More than anything, Julie Levitch wants her children to understand their […]


Health Canada Bans Use Of Phthalates In Children’s Toys

Published: 26 January 2011
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates

According to “Top News,” Health Canada has recently banned the use of phthalates in soft plastic toys for children. It has not, however, addressed the use of the chemical in personal care products. An official complaint has been filed in this regard by a Montreal-based environmental group. Health Canada will be required to explain why […]


BPA Bans Planned in 30 States

Published: 25 January 2011
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

“Sustainable Business” reports legislators from 30 states and the District of Columbia announced legislation to protect Americans from chemicals, including Bisphenol-A (BPA). Eighteen state legislatures have already passed 71 chemical safety laws in the last eight years —with more expected to come this year.

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Moon Mountain Organic Artisan Vodka

Published: 24 January 2011
Category: Organic Products in Glass

Moon Mountain Artisanal Vodka is crafted from organic grain and purified water to arrive at a high standard of vodka. It is crafted with the thoughtfulness and care that is characteristic of a fine wine and is available in three varieties: Artisanal, Coastal Citrus and Wild Raspberry. Master Distiller Gerry Webb directs the crafting of […]


FDA Says More Funding Is Needed To Ensure Food Safety

Published: 21 January 2011
Category: Studies/State & Federal Regulations, Uncategorized

According to “The Hill’s Congress Blog,” legislation marking the most sweeping reform of food safety oversight will greatly improve the ability to respond to outbreaks of food-borne illness. As a result of the new law, every food manufacturer will have to constantly look for potential food safety threats, adopt appropriate measures to avoid dangers in […]


Study Finds BPA In 96% Of Pregnant Women

Published: 20 January 2011
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to “Mother Nature Network,” researchers at the University of California, San Francisco found that a large majority of pregnant women in the U.S. have significant levels of chemicals in their bodies, some banned since the 1970’s. The most prevalent chemicals included polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs (chemicals that have been banned since 1979); a byproduct […]


Vending Machines With Organic Options Spreading

Published: 19 January 2011
Category: Studies/State & Federal Regulations, Uncategorized

According to “MSNBC,” congress passed a law that requires officials to set nutritional standards for all foods sold in schools, including vending machines. Vending machines that dispense snacks such as organic yogurt and granola bars, gluten-free snacks and fresh fruit will be rolling into schools, fitness clubs and office buildings. Often they will be replacing […]


USDA To Raise Nutrition Standards In School Lunches

Published: 18 January 2011
Category: Studies/State & Federal Regulations, Uncategorized

“USA Today” reports the government is calling for dramatic changes in school meals, including limiting french fries, sodium and calories and offering students more fruits and vegetables. The proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will raise the nutrition standards for meals for the first time in 15 years. Some of the proposed changes […]