Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 needs your support! – by Rebecca Mayer

Remember the cancer-causing tea tree shampoo from the Bag It Toxins Shock post?  New legislation introduced this summer aims to safeguard ingredients in our products.  Up until now, due to a 1938 law, the FDA has had no regulatory control … Continue reading

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Buddhist Monks Phthalate-Free? by Rebecca Mayer

I visited a zen monastery last week, ate amazing vegetarian cuisine, tried to meditate, and just admired the glow emanating from the monks.  I felt refreshed after four days of this lifestyle, but I wondered – are there facts to … Continue reading

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Saving the world, one less crappy plastic item at a time! by Rebecca Mayer

Today, scrolling through the list of topics on plastics pollution depressed me more than usual.  Here’s a sampling of topics, so you get the idea: Babies are born pre-polluted with toxic chemicals, Study shows plastic bags take about 300 years to … Continue reading

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Infringing on Personal Choice – by Rebecca Mayer

I appreciate choice.  Should I take a yoga class or hike up a mountain this morning?  Should I do homework or shop later in the day?  Would I prefer to kill 200 types of species with my grocery bag this year, use valuable petroleum … Continue reading

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“The Effluent of the Affluent” – by Rebecca Mayer

I spend a good amount of time on my laptop.  I’m in grad school; I write stories.  This requires hours of research.  So when my computer began running slowly, I took it as a minor emergency. Ivan, the computer repairman, said … Continue reading

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A Good Man is Hard to Find… by Rebecca Mayer

and it might be getting harder. The herbicide Atrazine, known as the “gender-bender chemical”, is increasing as one of the top contaminants found in the US water supply. Atrazine is a white powder used to kill weeds mainly in midwestern … Continue reading

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Sexy Celebrities and Bottled Water – by Rebecca Mayer

Seattle and Sydney have done it. Concord, Massachusetts and San Francisco are trying to. Ban bottled water, that is. The packaging is bad. The wasted fossil fuels are a problem. And most bottled water is no better for us than … Continue reading

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