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Bamboo: What you need to know about this awesome plant

Bamboo: What you need to know about this awesome plant

Misc
The amazing, versatile bamboo plant can be used sustainably for all sorts of products If you’ve been thinking about switching to more eco-friendly products, you’ve likely come across bamboo. Not only is bamboo beautiful and versatile, it’s also a plant that can be grown sustainably without the use of pesticides and without the harsh practices of traditional logging and plant harvest. Bamboo is a personal favorite of ours. It’s used in so many different ways around the world. Now, as more people are becoming concerned about the sustainability of our manufacturers' practices, bamboo is gaining popularity. All about bamboo Did you know bamboo is a grass? It’s true! It grows natively all over the world except in Europe and the Antarctic. There are more than 1,500 species of bamboo, some…
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Get off the bandwagon: Five health trends and how to really benefit from them

Get off the bandwagon: Five health trends and how to really benefit from them

Misc, Trends
Everyone’s talking about Turmeric, Coconut Oil, Activated Charcoal, Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel. Are they worth the hype? It seems like every couple months some new health food or skin care ingredient pops up in the media, touting wonderful benefits from its use and/or consumption. Sometimes these claims are accurate. Sometimes, not so much. We’re here to clear up some of the misunderstandings and help you know truth from hype. Here are five ingredients everyone’s been talking about and the truth behind them.   Turmeric Turmeric is a beautiful bright orange spice used traditionally in curry. The fine powder is made from the ground roots of the curcuma longa plant in Southeast Asia and has been known for its medicinal effects for thousands of years. But lately, turmeric has been…
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Do you know what’s in your sunscreen?

Do you know what’s in your sunscreen?

Skin Care
Do you know what's in your sunscreen? Find out what the difference between chemical sunscreen and mineral sunscreen is and what it means for you Everyone knows about the damage the sun’s rays can cause to skin. Even if you aren’t prone to sunburn, the ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause a number of ailments, mainly and most worryingly, malignant melanoma. As more and more people are aware of and concerned with the potential of sun-exposure related cancers, sunscreen use has risen around the world. As with most cosmetic products, the frequency of use has led some to question whether the chemical composition of sunscreens, which have been developed in the last century or so, are as safe as they are touted to be. And, it seems these fears aren’t entirely…
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What Is Greenwashing?

What Is Greenwashing?

General, Misc
What is greenwashing?   Simply put, greenwashing is when companies put misleading information and labels on their products in order to appear more environmentally friendly. Why you may ask? Well, because it works to sell the product.   These companies count on people not having the time to properly research the product and the ingredients. People are in a hurry and usually only glance over the label briefly in order to make a decision and determine if it’s a better product.  They know people look for certain buzzwords that sound nice.   This isn’t anything new. Greenwashing has been around since the 1980s; however, it has become more prevalent because people do want better, safer, and more eco-friendly products. To meet this demand, manufacturers are changing the packaging and putting…
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Kourtney Kardashian Meets With Congressional Leaders About Cosmetics Reform

Kourtney Kardashian Meets With Congressional Leaders About Cosmetics Reform

Misc, News
On April 24, Kourtney Kardashian teamed up with the Environmental Working Group’s president Ken Cook to discuss cosmetics reform on Capitol Hill. Specifically, Kourtney spoke out on her support for a bill to more strictly regulate personal care products. The Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2017 would require personal care companies to tell the Food and Drug Administration what ingredients they include in their products and to register their manufacturing facilities with federal authorities. According to Cook, requirements for companies that make cosmetics have not changed much since 1938 when the legislation was first passed. He is strongly advocating for reform and has launched a new campaign for #BeautyMadeBetter. He has stated that cosmetics manufacturers are allowed to use ingredients that have known safety issues. In typical Kardashian style,…
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5 Ways Natural Skin Care Can Benefit You

5 Ways Natural Skin Care Can Benefit You

General
Natural skin care is not just a modern fad. Living naturally in general is not a fad, either. The truth is, natural products have several advantages that make them the best choice when it comes to taking care of yourself. It’s about more than just using natural products, it’s about treating your body well, and thriving. Here we go over some of the reasons why natural skin care should be your top choice. There are countless benefits to using natural skin care products, but we’ve decided to hit on the top five. To learn more, be sure to read Introducing a better way to buy eco-friendly products. No Harmful Chemicals The most popular hygiene and beauty products on the market are unfortunately pumped full of artificial colors and an assortment…
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Natural Products Expo West 2018 Highlights

Natural Products Expo West 2018 Highlights

News, Trends
The 38th annual Natural Products Expo West has just ended and this year’s event was the biggest ever.  Over 80,000 people attended the Expo, including innovators, investors, ingredient suppliers and retailers such as Gone to Green.  The show was held March 7 – 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center where over 3,500 companies exhibited their products. The conference featured an educational program that included discussions on hot topics such as the hemp-derived CBD market and world climate changes.  Also highlighted was a keynote presentation by award-winning actress and social advocate Jennifer Garner who, along with former Annie’s Organics President John Foraker, have co-founded Once Upon a Farm, a company dedicated to bringing organic baby food to underserved populations.    The exhibit halls were filled with an amazing variety of products,…
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Ingredient Spotlight:  The Many Benefits of Coconut Oil

Ingredient Spotlight: The Many Benefits of Coconut Oil

Misc
People often don’t realize that simple ingredients already available in your kitchen or medicine cabinet can multi-task in wonderful ways. These ingredients have been used for centuries by many different cultures for a very good reason – they work! There is growing scientific evidence of coconut oil’s many beneficial uses.  It has been found to contain healthy fats known as medium chain fatty acids (MCFA): Caprylic acid Lauric acid Capric acid Unlike the fats found in plant based oils, MCFAs are: Easier to digest Not readily stored as fat Are anti-microbial and anti-fungal Processed by the liver, which means that they are immediately converted to energy instead of being stored as fat There have been over 1500 studies conducted to date that have taken a closer look at coconut oil's…
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6 Reasons to Choose Natural Skin Care

6 Reasons to Choose Natural Skin Care

General
Today’s consumers should realize that everything they breathe, ingest or put on their skin can affect their health. While shopping for food, most consumers are aware of such things as pesticides, preservatives and artificial sweeteners. But, how much thought do you put into the chemicals that lurk in every lotion, body wash, cosmetic or soap you use every day? A study done with more than 2,300 people showed that the average adult uses nine personal care products. Combined, this represents at least 126 chemical ingredients. That’s a lot of chemicals to be using everyday. And while some may be considered safe, there also may be unintended consequences or even consequences we are unaware of at this time. Natural care products aim to decrease the chemical loads on our bodies. If…
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Is Cotton Rotten?

Is Cotton Rotten?

Fashion
From Field to Fabric Given that historians believe cotton was being produced as early as 5000 B.C., you would think that it's a very sustainable crop.  But the reality is that modern cotton production techniques take a heavy toll on the earth's resources. Here's a closer look at the journey your favorite T-shirt made to get to your closet. The farming process is a major concern for the following reasons: the use of large amounts of water for irrigation, the toxic chemicals used for pest control and for chemical removal of leaves prior to harvest, and the use of synthetic fertilizers. Cotton plants are amazingly thirsty.  On average it takes about 5,300 gallons of water to produce just 2 pounds of cotton.  This equals a single T-shirt and pair of jeans.  In India,…
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