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Safe Sunscreens for 2011


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Hot off the press and just in time for summer fun is Environmental Working Group’s 2011 Sunscreen Guide. EWG has been our go-to guide for the past several years and for this year’s 5th Annual Sunscreen Report they analyzed more than 600 beach and sport sunscreens and they found that they could only recommend one in five sunscreens for this summer. The rest of those tested either don’t protect enough or contain hazardous ingredients that don’t belong on your skin.

All told, the analysis of sunscreens includes safety and effectiveness ratings for 1,700 SPF products, including sunscreens and SPF-labeled lip balm, makeup, and moisturizer. When you access the database, you want to find (and use) products with low ratings. A rating of 1 (or zero) is best. The rating refers to the amount of toxicity found in the product’s ingredients. Lower indicates less toxicity, so lower is better. (more…)

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

5 Inexpensive E-Bikes: an antidote for $4/per gallon gas


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Unless you happen to be one of the fortunate few who work from home, you’re most likely feeling the crunch of rising gas prices. Even those who do work from home must make the occasional road trip, which can cost a vital organ or two. Thankfully, the electric bicycle represents an economical alternative to force-feeding dollars into a hungry car, and, though e-bikes can often cost big-bucks, here’s a roundup of 5 great bikes that won’t break the bank. (more…)

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wednesday’s eco news roundup


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