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  • Microplastics in Tea: Tips for a Safer Brew

    Microplastics have become a significant concern due to their widespread presence in the environment and potential long-term health risks. One surprising source of microplastics is tea bags. Before you brew your next cup, let’s discuss what you can do to ensure delicious and plastic-free tea.
  • What Are “Forever Chemicals” (PFAS)? Plus 4 Tips To Reduce Your Exposure

    Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “Forever Chemicals”, are a class of thousands of compounds that are widely used in many industries due to their water repelling properties. They are called forever chemicals, since once released into the environment, they do not easily break down and essentially last forever. They are now, unfortunately, part of our daily lives and according to the CDC, “most people in the United States have been exposed to PFAS and have PFAS in their blood”. In cosmetics, these compounds are intentionally added to help achieve specific qualities or textures. The highest concentrations tend to be in...
  • Organic & Natural Skincare: Why? How? and Where Do I Start?

    Synthetic ingredients found in many skincare products, such as fillers and preservatives, often include potential carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and skin irritants.

    Although the effects of harmful ingredients will not be immediately evident, cumulative exposure can result in health problems years down the road. It’s important to read and understand product labels and find safer alternatives whenever possible.

    Some common examples of toxic ingredients found in cosmetics include...