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US-China Greener Consumption Forum Lays Groundwork for Future Projects Together



How can the world's two consumer "superpowers"- the U.S. and China – work together to reduce the impact that consumption has on us and our world?   That was the topic a capacity crowd addressed on March 22 at the U.S. – China Greener Consumption Forum. The event, held at the World Bank in Washington, […]

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Kids Drive Moms’ Passion to Save Energy, Join Team ENERGY STAR



Using energy efficiently is the key to many of the health, environmental and even financial crises we face. Burning fossil fuels like coal and oil pollutes our air and water, contributes to asthma and other respiratory problems, and is a major cause of climate change. It’s up to all of us to do what we […]

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Clothing: What’s Eco, and What’s Not



What does it take to manufacture, sell, and dispose of clothing? You might be surprised. The clothing industry is one of the most environmentally intensive in the world. If it's made from cotton, it's been doused with as much as 22.5% of the pesticides applied to agricultural crops worldwide. If it's made from a synthetic fiber, […]

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We Need Meaningful Standards to Protect the Planet — and Us, too.



We've all seen the product claims that SOUND like they mean environmental protection. But do they? * Products labeled "natural" may contain some biological ingredients, but they may also include synthetic dyes and fragrances. * "Hypoallergenic" has no medical meaning. The word was invented by advertisers who used it in a cosmetics campaign in 1953.  Says […]

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Environmental In-Box: Marmoleum, the Eco-Friendly Flooring



When it comes to choosing flooring for your home, you might not even know eco-friendly options exist.  But for over 100 years, Forbo has been manufacturing Marmoleum, an all natural linoleum. Katie Kelleher reports: What is it? Marmoleum is made into flooring sheets or tiles from a compound of linseed oil, rosins, cork flour, limestone and […]

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