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The 13 Best Eco Labels To Help You Shop Green

Green shopping can be confusing! Many products claim to be “natural,” “eco-friendly,” and “biodegradable.” But what in the world does that mean? Unfortunately, because there’s no standardized definition for any of these words, they’re actually meaningless. In fact, many companies intentionally use vague words to market their products as if they’re better for you and the […]

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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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Check out Maggie’s Organic for Back-to-School Fashions

Even after you’ve cut your shopping budget to the bone, you may still need to get a few things to cover your kids as they head off to school. If so, take a look at Maggie’s Organics. The company integrates certified organic cotton or wool in all its products and manufactures according to fair trade […]

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