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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7 Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergents For Fresh Clean Clothes

June 24, 2016 by  
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On cold winter mornings while growing up I loved to grab my clothes out of the dryer just as they finished so I could slip into a warm pair of jeans before heading out the door. Back then I didn’t give a second thought to the products being used to…

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Apple unveils iPhone recycling robot and launches major Apple Renew initiative

March 21, 2016 by  
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There are around one billion Apple devices in use, and with that comes “significant responsibility,” according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. That’s why Apple just unveiled Liam, a robot that quickly and efficiently disassembles old iPhones so that their components can be reused for other products (like solar panels ). Apple’s VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson unveiled Liam and announced plans to relaunch Apple’s recycling initiative during today’s keynote presentation. Read the rest of Apple unveils iPhone recycling robot and launches major Apple Renew initiative

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Eco-friendly Cleaning Service? 5 Tips To Help You Decide

January 28, 2016 by  
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Ensuring that your home, business and family are eco-friendly and environmentally conscious is relatively easy. Taking care of the earth is a series of choices about the products you buy, foods you eat, places you shop and what you put (and don’t…

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How To Build A Tiny Home On A Tiny Budget

January 28, 2016 by  
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You aren’t alone if you are dreaming about a tiny home. One part of the attraction is living a more minimalist lifestyle that has less impact on the environment. But an even bigger allure for some is the affordability factor. At the end of 2015,…

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Apple, Philips, RB and the rush toward restricted substances

January 13, 2016 by  
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A range of companies are drilling down into chemical choices to improve the makeup of their products.

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Fuel-Free Plastics Manufacturing

October 6, 2014 by  
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Plastics manufacturing is typically a double consumer of petrochemicals, using them for both feedstock for the products, as well as fuel to provide the needed energy for the process.  But a greener method from LightManufacturing provides a system with low initial costs and low operating costs to manufacture molded plastic objects without the need for any fossil fuels.  The process is even applicable with recycled plastic feedstock, making it an even greener process. Using heliostats to concentrate and reflect the sun’s rays provides the heat imput needed in order to melt the plastic and make it moldable.  This eliminates the largest need for fossil fuel in the process.  But also, the molding equipment itself is powered from solar panels on the roof of the molding chamber, which allows the whole process to be completely off-grid and entirely solar powered. In addition to the benefit of having plastic manufacturing without fossil fuels, this also could allow developing countries without an extensive power infrastructure to have this kind of manufacturing capacity domestically, instead of relying on imports for finished goods. video link: Solar powered plastics molding via: Solar Thermal Magazine

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FDA Unveils New Easy-To-Read Nutritional Fact Labels for Food Products

February 27, 2014 by  
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today unveiled its proposed revisions for the ubiquitous Nutrition Facts label. Around 20 years ago, the agency instituted the labels in an attempt to provide consumers with more information about their food. Take a look at any packaged food item in your pantry, and regardless of origin or brand, you’ll find one of their black and white labels. The current design provides information about calories, fat, and sodium, in addition to the percent of DV (daily values) of each. However, the FDA claims that today’s labels contain outdated information about serving sizes, and could do a better job of emphasizing the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. Keep reading for a look at the proposed changes. Read the rest of FDA Unveils New Easy-To-Read Nutritional Fact Labels for Food Products Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: changes to nutrition facts , changes to nutrition labels , fda , food labels , nutrition fact labels , nutrition facts , portion sizes , serving sizes        

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