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Tagging Toxins

A new web site offers up-to-date information on toxic chemicals that might be lurking in food, baby products, furniture and other items we buy.


A Washington company has stopped selling bamboo clothing after a federal report found little if any bamboo in labeled products.

Second Verse

Paraguay children that live off the waste in landfills have turned garbage into music and are playing around the world.

Fare Sharing

Using phone apps, progressive urban commuters can now stand at bus stops and catch rides from solo car drivers that need two more people to zip through a high occupancy vehicle lane.

Fashion Freedom

Following a tragic factory collapse in Bangladesh, clothing retailers are beginning to open up about the overseas origins of the clothes they sell.

Wear It Well

Pioneering California programs such as “Grow Your Jeans” connect an eco-network, from fiber producers at the sheep farm up through clothing makers and consumers.

Cowabunga Dude

To counter the typical throw-away polyurethane surfboard, “heirloom surfboards” are being built of salvaged woods and organic resins, designed to last for decades.

Tech Trash

With 24 electronic devices in the average American home, we’re tossing out three million tons of highly toxic trash a year. Here’s how to recycle instead.

Clean Ride

Helpful tips make an at-home car wash both energy-efficient and thorough.

Suspect Sniffs

Some perfume fragrances contain dangerous synthetic and toxic ingredients that can enter the body through the skin and lungs. Here’s what to watch out for.
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