Your macaroni and cheese could contain harmful industrial chemicals

July 14, 2017 by  
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Around 10 years ago, chemicals called phthalates were banned from children’s toys. But researchers recently detected them in food children (and all of us) commonly eat: macaroni and cheese. Phthalates can disrupt hormones and have been connected to birth defects, but were found in high amounts in the powdered cheese common in macaroni and cheese mixes. Researchers tested 30 cheese products and found phthalates in 29 of them; in powdered cheese, phthalate amounts were four times higher than in other cheese products. The potentially harmful chemicals are used in plastics or packaging ink, so while they’re not intentionally added to food, they can migrate into products via food processing equipment or packaging. Related: Glyphosate found in Cheerios, Kashi cookies, and other popular food items The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not banned phthalates in food. But according to the research summary , phthalates threaten the health of pregnant women and children. Researchers said there are multiple studies that connect prenatal exposure to the chemicals with with abnormal brain development. The New York Times said phthalates have been connected with behavior and learning issues in children. The researchers decided to test cheese after a 2014 scientific review said dairy products are “the greatest source of dietary exposure” to DEHP – which the researchers describe as the phthalate most widely restricted – for babies and women who could get pregnant. In this recent research, among all 30 products, DEHP was detected most commonly and in higher average concentrations than other phthalates. The researchers are calling on Kraft to take action; nine of the tested products were made by the company. The Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging, a group of nonprofit organizations, released the research summary on the website #KleanUpKraft in time for National Macaroni and Cheese Day today. Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families campaign director Mike Schade said in a statement, “The good news is that there are safer, affordable alternatives to phthalates. Kraft should identify and eliminate any phthalates in its cheese products by ensuring that safer alternatives are used in food processing and packaging materials throughout its supply chain.” + #KleanUpKraft Via The New York Times and the Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging Images via Pixabay and Mike Mozart on Flickr

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Rotating indoor garden grows up to 100 herbs and vegetables every month

July 14, 2017 by  
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Growing your own home garden has never been easier or more beautiful. The innovative Ogarden is a spherical indoor garden with a rotating circular wheel that provides an optimal growing environment for leafy vegetable and herbs. The compact, clutter-free home gardening system allows virtually anyone to grow up to 100 herbs and vegetables a month, with very little maintenance. Ogarden is a soundless, odorless growing system that was designed for any home environment and it comes with its own storage space inside the unit, making it an attractive garden space with little-to-no clutter. The system comes with a small bag of organic soil , and owners can choose from a catalogue of seedlings including lettuces, basil, brocolette, onions, cabbage, chives, etc. The first step is to plant the seeds in the soil provided and place under the neon lamp in the storage shelf. When the seedlings are ready, they should be transplanted into the growing tubes and placed in the individual slots inside the wheel. Related: Chic, minimalist hydroponic garden makes growing your own veggies a snap Once the plants are in place, the wheel slowly begins to rotate around a central lamp. A programmable bulb inside the lamp turns on and off depending on the plants’ cycles, providing consistent light to each plant. The greenery should be watered once to twice a week and – voilà – a variety of organic, home-grown veggies right at your fingertips. + Ogarden Via Uncrate Images via Ogarden  

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How CVS is cutting back on chemicals in cosmetics

June 9, 2017 by  
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The drugstore chain has moved to remove chemical additives for nearly 600 house label beauty and personal care products.

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3 environmental policies business can push for now

May 17, 2017 by  
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Business leaders can leverage influence with policymakers by supporting a carbon tax, product ingredients disclosure and water protection policies.

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Businesses are responding to demand for chemical transparency

April 26, 2017 by  
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As calls for ingredient transparency grow, companies such as Target, Clorox and Reckitt Benckiser are taking control of ingredients.

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Aggregated energy: Can group purchases help scale renewable power?

April 26, 2017 by  
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Google, Philips and George Washington University are pioneering joint renewable energy deals that could open the field to more small and mid-size players.

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Partnerships: The key to getting green chemistry tech to market?

March 15, 2017 by  
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How companies such as Levi’s, Apple and Dow are engaging in the pursuit of new materials and industrial ingredients.

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Unilever rises above the regs on chemicals transparency

March 6, 2017 by  
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A new level of fragrance disclosure has the sweet smell of success.

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Uncommon threads: fashion’s deadly fabric

January 7, 2017 by  
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Viscose rayon is known to many as a “green” material, but the secret of its manufacturing process is far more insidious.

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To detox manufacturing, businesses find a secret ingredient

December 19, 2016 by  
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Redefining chemicals management is no small task. Here’s how 5 companies pooled their efforts to lead in Massachusetts.

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