Survey Results: Products and Services That Harm the Environment

July 11, 2018 by  
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Hiding in plain sight: The carbon cost of everyday products

June 28, 2018 by  
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Richer nations may import the products, but they’re not held accountable for the emissions.

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IKEA Takes Reusable Pledge: Phasing Out Single-Use Products by 2020

June 8, 2018 by  
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6 Environmentally Friendly Products to Help You Relax

May 14, 2018 by  
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3 Luxe Products for Safe, Sound Sleep

March 12, 2018 by  
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Architecture, before and after hip-hop

January 1, 2018 by  
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The ingenuity of hip-hop is present everywhere: In art, music, culture and the products that we buy and surround ourselves with. But it’s had a deep and enduring relationship with the built environment. 

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5 Products You Should Be Recycling and (Probably) Aren’t

September 4, 2017 by  
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5 inspirational videos about sustainable products

September 30, 2016 by  
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Patagonia’s Yvon Chouinard and Honest Co.’s Jessica Alba tell their stories of how sustainable practices came to be integral to their products, brands, and ultimately, their success.

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FDA bans antibacterial soaps after finding them no more effective than regular soap

September 2, 2016 by  
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Today the FDA announced it will be calling for several antibacterial soaps to be pulled from the shelves after research failed to show they were any safer or more effective than regular old soap. A number of ingredients typically found in antibacterial soaps, including triclosan, are now banned. Manufacturers have one year to reformulate their products or they will be removed from shelves. In 2013 the FDA first proposed a ban and requested soap manufacturers do their best to convince them their antibacterial products were better at germ-fighting than the alternative and safe for continuous use. Some companies did not even bother to submit any data, and the rest failed to convince the agency of their claims. Related: Antibacterial soap ingredient triclosan shown to cause liver cancer in mice “Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs , but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, in a statement from the FDA. “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.” Of the 19 chemicals identified, triclosan , a commonly used and potentially dangerous element in antibacterial soaps, has been taken off the market. The ruling does not affect soaps used in healthcare settings or alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Via Ars Technica Images via Flickr ( 1 , 2 )

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36 million IKEA dressers and chests recalled after six fatalities

July 1, 2016 by  
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IKEA , favorite inexpensive furniture company of the masses, just issued some unsettling news. They are recalling nearly 36 million MALM dressers and chests after six fatalities. They are offering either refunds or repair kits so families can anchor their furniture to walls. The recall includes six MALM models manufactured between 2002 and 2016. In 2014, a 2-year-old in Pennsylvania and a 23-month-old in Washington died after MALM chests fell on them. After IKEA’s repair program announcement in 2015, another 22-month-old in Minnesota perished when a MALM chest fell on him. None of those chests had been attached to walls. Between 1989 and 2007, IKEA received 41 reports of items that weren’t MALMs falling on people. Out of those 41 incidents, 19 children were hurt and three died. Related: IKEA issues repair kits for 27 million dressers and chests after two children crushed The furniture giant maintains if secured to walls, the items shouldn’t harm people. IKEA spokesperson Kajsa Johansson said , “When attached to a wall the products are safe. We have had no other issues with that in any other country.” The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission provided a statement and demonstration showing how the products, if unanchored, can hurt young children . Chairman Elliott Kaye said , “It is simply too dangerous to have the recalled furniture in your home unanchored, especially if you have young children.” He also said furniture falling on children results in around one death ” every two weeks .” Those owning affected models can bring them back to IKEA, or, according to Kaye, IKEA will provide pickup service for consumer’s without transportation. Furniture owners can also ask for a repair kit to secure MALM pieces, as well and certain STOCKHOM, BUSUNGE, NORDLI, or STUVA products. Via Reuters Images via Wikimedia Commons and Emily May on Flickr

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