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Seamus on plastic bags


Seamus our intrepid enviro-canine is ashamed to admit he occasionally falls victim to the lame use of plastic shopping bags. He’s going to try to do better.

Today’s tip: “If for some unforeseen reason you find yourself being lured into a ‘big-box’ store, please remember to bring your own reusable bags so you can exit with a modicum of self respect.

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Friday, January 18, 2008

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Lead in your Lipstick

iStock_000005047742XSmall_1.jpgIt’s widely known that lead poisoning poses a threat to public health. The metal’s negative effect on the nervous system as well as its propensity to cause renal and cardiovascular diseases has promoted the FDA to continually lower the legal limit of lead content in paint, children’s toys, and playground substrate since the late 70’s.

In October ’07, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released an alarming report, “A Poison Kiss,” on the lead content of lipstick. They found that more than half of the name brand lipsticks tested contained detectable levels of lead. L’Oreal Colour Riche “True Red” topped the list at .65 ppm lead. Even Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer Merlot contains lead (less than .1 ppm.) However, with a little bit of research and awareness, you can find safer (and environmentally friendly) lipsticks.

An AltCon favorite, Skin Deep’s Cosmetic Safety Database recommends Miessence organic lip cream as the lowest on its environmental impact scale. It contains less toxins, but this doesn’t necessarily mean the lipstick is 100% lead-free. I managed to dig up a couple of lead-free options: Hemp Certified Organic lipstick and Primitive. So until the industry gets its act together, buyer beware. We’ll continue to seek out other lead-free brands that are worth supporting, as well. Feel free to jump-in with any lip tips!

Link to: SFGate

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Arrowhead Goes Eco-Shape


Love your spring water, but hate the plastic bottle it comes in? Arrowhead Brand Mountain Spring Water has come out with an eco-friendly half-liter bottle. It’s lighter, requires less energy in its making, is 100% recyclable, and uses 30% less plastic than the average half-liter bottle. And for your convenience, they’re now easier to carry around. To learn more about it, start at the source, and check out their environmental practices as well.

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