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Your Couch May Be Giving You Cancer

A new peer reviewed study shows that most of the couches purchased in the U.S. between 1985 and 2010 contain toxic and carcinogenic chemicals.

The study, published in Environmental Science and Technology, found that 85% of the 102 couches tested were treated with chemical flame retardants that are either known to be toxic or lack adequate health information. The most common flame retardant in couches was the notorious TDCPP, or chlorinated Tris, a carcinogen that was banned from use in children’s sleepwear over 35 years ago.

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Open Letter to Secretary Tom Vilsack

While it seems we have created a highly efficient food and farming system in the U.S., we are actually causing more harm than good. We need a food and farming solution that feeds people in a way that promotes good health for them and the soil.

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Sustainability: Making Engineers Giddy

Doing the impossible? Where do I sign up? My goal as a sustainability professional is to make sure that more people feel this way. I feel strongly that you need to meet people where they are on their sustainability journey. And it is a journey.

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Stick It to Black Friday 2012 by Shopping At Stores That Truly Help Others

Looking for an alternative? Explore the sharing economy While some of us prefer to stay warm and snuggle in our living rooms Thanksgiving night, others are already lined up, or even camping, in parking lots waiting to snag those Black Friday deals on laptops, flat screen TVs or The Hunger Games on Blu-ray DVD. Black … Continued

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Walmart Attempts to Halt Black Friday Strikes

In response to numerous strikes at stores and warehouses around the country recently, and in anticipation of more on Black Friday, Walmart asks the National Labor Relations Board to halt the strikes. But it might be too late.

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Giving Tuesday, Nov 27, is a Perfect Antidote to Black Friday

Giving Tuesday on November 27, 2012, aims to nudge society past consumerism and towards community giving. Hopefully #GivingTuesday will inspire Americans to do what they have done well for decades: help the less fortunate in their neighborhoods

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Transforming Landfills into Sustainable Businesses One Wiggler at a Time

María Rodriguez, founder of Byoearth is teaching women the value of the red wiggler worm and the use of vermicomposting to support sustainable farming. It’s a concept she believes in passionately and is having increasing success selling to both local farmers and non-profit aid organizations throughout Latin America.

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Behind the New Green Product Line at Walgreens

Walgreens has launched its own line of “green” household products to be sold under the brand name “Ology.” The Ology brand includes everyday household products. But what makes them green and does it stand up to the light of day?

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UN Initiative Links Biodiversity, Traditional Knowledge to Foster Better Community Health

The new UN international Biodiversity and Community Health international initiative aims to establish local, participatory centers of excellence to conduct research and promote better understanding and policies that recognize the linkages between human health and well-being, that of biodiversity and ecosystems and traditional knowledge systems.

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What a Baby Beluga and Bioneers Taught Me about Nature and Resilience

In 2012, people are dealing with more uncertainty and stress from natural and manmade disasters. The speakers at the Bioneers 2012 conference offered strategies for responding to difficult events by reconnecting with nature, each other, and ourselves.