Toxic pesticide turning up everywhere we don’t want it

Consumers should be concerned that the toxic chemical glyphosate, shown here being sprayed on crops, is being found in places we really don't want it to be

Consumers should be concerned that the toxic chemical glyphosate, shown here being sprayed on crops, is being found in places we really don’t want it to be

The push to get glyphosate – – a key ingredient in Monsanto’s cash cow RoundUp – banned by the U.S. EPA as a highly toxic pesticide continues. Even more of a concern to consumers is the fact that traces of glyphosate are showing up in a lot of things Americans use every day.

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The 2013 list of pesticide-filled produce is here

EWG 2013 Pesticide List

Just saw the latest list of produce that’s on the Environmental Working Group’s 9th annual 2013 “Dirty dozen” list. It documents pesticide contamination for 48 popular fruits and vegetables based on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

There are some eye-openers here. But the good news is what’s on the “clean” list this year. Take a look below. Then perhaps make some different choices the next time you’re out shopping.

Being an informed consumer is getting to be more critical every day.

Indie Lee – real natural beauty products

indie Lee uses natural ingredients you can count on in her beauty products

As consumers get more savvy about what’s in their food, what’s in our personal care and beauty products often gets by us. Yet many major manufacturers continue to use ingredients considered to be toxic.

Chemicals like Propylene Glycol (PG), Polyethylene glycol (PEG) and Sodium Lauryl (or Laureth) Sulfate are also found in brake fluid, antifreeze and paint, and in engine degreasers. They have been found to cause all sorts of health issues including kidney damage, rashes, even linked to hair falling out.

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A unique Halloween event – Reverse Trick-or-Treating

Kids doing Reverse Trick-or-Treating will reach over 100,000 adults this year

Halloween’s a time for ghosts, goblins and the latest cartoon or sci-fi characters. And oh the candy!

This year is the fifth annual Reverse Trick-or-Treating on Halloween. Trick or Treaters around the country will be handing out Fair Trade chocolate to over 100,000 adults who normally would be handing goodies to them.

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TAP insulation — green insulation plus long-lasting pest control

TAP Insulation – energy efficient, green and a safe pesticide too

It’s always a good time to think about home energy efficiency. These days, there are some innovative green options to consider with the more traditional choices.

Perhaps one of the most exciting of these is TAP Insulation. Made from recycled paper and a process that uses liquid natural borates, TAP insulation not only reduces energy loss and both indoor and outdoor noise, it’s a highly effective insect repellent.

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Grave Matters brings helpful green alternatives to modern burial

Grave Matters offers tasteful green alternatives to traditional burials

Two things in life are certain – death and taxes.

Death’s a subject rarely discussed unless one is forced to. Whatever the reason, death and burials are mired with grief, strained coping abilities and a myriad of details to deal with.

With a mind-numbing cost upwards of $10,000. traditional funerals and burials are generally left to funeral homes to manage. But this fairly new impersonal tradition is changing.

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Plastisoil could alleviate stormwater / groundwater contamination

Plastisoil - an innovative product that lets stormwater to flow into the ground

Groundwater contamination from stormwater runoff is an age-old and growing problem, particularly due to widespread pesticide use.

Earlier this year, a researcher at Philadelphia’s Temple Unversity introduced a cement-like material that would lessen the problem of polluted stormwater runoff.

Naji Khoury,Ph.D.,  an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Temple University, created Plastisoil, a substance made from discarded polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic water bottles. Pulverized and mixed with soil, the combined mixture is blended with a coarse aggregate and heated to create a hard yet non-watertight substance similar to pervious concrete or porous asphalt.

For more details on this excitingly innovative product, see http://3.ly/dEdA.