Archive for June, 2011

Keeping Your Lawn “Green” This Summer

Published: 30 June 2011
Category: Local, Sustainability

For many people, the effort to keep their lawn green, especially during the summer months, means using lots of chemical and synthetic fertilizers. There are organic products that could accomplish the same end by very different means.

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HBO Kicks off 4th Season of “True Blood” with Eco-Friendly Makeup

Published: 28 June 2011
Category: Allergic Triggers, Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates

Developed by HBO show’s head of makeup, Brigette Myre-Ellis, in collaboration with eco-beauty label Tarte, the line includes a LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint and Natural Cheek Stain (both in blood red, natch), along with a box of 17 sultry eye colors. Tarte uses only natural mineral pigments and fruit extracts, so its cosmetics contain […]


American Medical Association Adopts New Public Safety Policies

Published: 27 June 2011
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS

“PR Newswire” reports the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted policy recognizing BPA as an endocrine-disrupting agent and urging that BPA-containing products with the potential for human exposure be clearly identified. The new policy also supports ongoing industry actions to stop producing BPA-containing baby bottles and infant feeding cups and support a ban on the sale […]


Adina Holistics ZERO

Published: 24 June 2011
Category: Organic Products in Glass

Adina for Life, Inc. is dedicated to producing great-tasting, better-for-you fair trade beverages using only natural and/or USDA organic, directly sourced ingredients from around the world. They have made two new zero-calorie additions to their line of beverages: ZERO Mandarin Melon Berry and ZERO Wild Black Cherry. Sweetened with erythritol and stevia, the beverages are […]


Seven Food Additives To Avoid

Published: 23 June 2011
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

According to “Green Wala,” food additives serve some valuable purposes, but they advise avoiding seven of these: 1. Food Dyes – FDA is currently deciding whether foods with added dyes should be banned or carry a warning      label to let parents know ahead of time.

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Are Plant-Based Bottles Still Plastic?

Published: 22 June 2011
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Sustainability

According to “Slate,” despite all the buzz, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo’s plant-based bottles are still plastic. The companies have replaced the fossil fuels (petroleum and natural gas) traditionally used to make plastic bottles with ethanol from renewable sources (plant waste in Pepsi’s case and Brazilian sugar cane in Coke’s). Though these initial inputs come from renewable, […]


Federal Court Rejects Anti-BPA Petition

Published: 21 June 2011
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to the “New York Times,” a federal appeals court ruled against the Natural Resources Defense Council’s effort to force the Food and Drug Administration to limit bisphenol A (BPA) in food additives. The three-judge U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia panel ruled unanimously on jurisdictional grounds, arguing that the case […]


Panama City Offers New Market And Cafe To Enjoy Organic Foods

Published: 17 June 2011
Category: Local, Organic Products in Glass, Recycling, Sustainability

According to the Panama City “News Herald,” eating organic has always been a way of life for Sandy Pearson, co-owner of Zen Garden and Lotus Café with Joe McKenna. Except for the all-natural chicken and shrimp, all of the ingredients at Lotus Café are organic, from the ginger ale and root beer she got for […]


New Standard Launched To Certify Cosmetic Product Life Cycle

Published: 16 June 2011
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Sustainability

According to “GCI Magazine,” nonprofit organization, Green Seal Inc. has created GS-50, reportedly the first U.S. certification standard for cosmetic and personal care products that covers the whole product life cycle. To achieve the standard, manufacturers must satisfy performance, health and environmental requirements, as well as social responsibility, packaging and labeling requirements—in addition to providing […]


New Study Quantifies Chemical Exposures In Pregnant Women

Published: 15 June 2011
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

“Environmental Health Perspectives” reports a new study gives a national representative assessment of pregnant women’s exposure to 163 chemicals. The researchers assessed data for 268 pregnant women between the ages of 15 and 44. The chemicals measured included metals, organochlorine pesticides, phthalates and triclosan among others. The study showed the pregnant women had widespread exposure […]