Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 165.

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The natural foods world is one of so many obvious examples of marketing gone haywire, and a recent glut of articles debunking the myth of agave necter got me a-thinkin about it again. I feel the need to underline this marketing extravaganza here at Mind Above Marketing.

Your shampoo may seem harmless, but it could be contributing to the formation of a mysterious, cancer-causing substance, a new study says. New research reveals that common household products such as shampoo can interact with disinfectants at U.S. wastewater treatment plants to form a little-studied class of cancer-causing substances. These substances, called nitrosamines, can end up in drinking water, experts say.

There are some things that all children should have the opportunity to do outside. Who am I kidding – there are A LOT of things, but I have contained myself. (Here) you will find a list of seven (7) key outdoor activities that all kids should take a crack at – complete with instructions, just in case you are out of practice.

If your mom is like mine, she often forgets to take her canvas tote to the local green market. She’ll thank you when she unwraps the Shopping Bag Bra. Because remembering to wear a bra that turns into a shopping bag is easier than remembering to bring a shopping bag. No, wait. Because putting on a bra that turns into a shopping bag will not remind her to bring a shopping bag. No, wait.

Often in the developed world, we equate being green with green products. It’s true that making the switch from conventional to green or eco-friendly products is definitely a step in the right direction, but I think we’ve lost track of the essential meaning. A green lifestyle should be about reducing consumption, not the buying of new green products.

Corporations, whether it’s BP in the Gulf or Dow Chemical / Union Carbide in Bhopal, India, don’t follow the precautionary principle. They say that their worst-case scenarios won’t ever happen and so we shouldn’t dare threaten their profits with extra safety costs. … These corporations don’t want to spend a tiny portion of their billions of dollars on something that can prevent a disaster. They get the legal rights of being people and yet take actions that destroy the lives of real people. (This is exactly why companies like Dow Chemical shouldn’t be at a conference called Sustainable Brands)

This half-pint of a vehicle is the pioneering UK entry for an Eco-Marathon which took place in Germany today. With an engine better suited for a Weedwacker, the car can travel up to 50 miles using only a cola can amount of fuel.

As we’re waiting for the full scale of environmental, economic and wildlife impacts from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to unfold, there’s a lot of speculation and unanswered questions going around about what this means for the health of people living and working in the region. To help answer these questions, I’ve put together a three-part Q&A on what this means for human health.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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  1. Regarding the cool t-shirts, if the proceeds went to help save the wildlife refuge in Louisiana that’s now awash in oil, I’d order several.

  2. The BP tee shirt is great. However, why give one cent of our hard earned $ to them. I’d prefer to give to the National Wildlife Federation and help out the poor oil slicked wildlife.

    NationalWildlifeFederation@nwf.org

    On another note, the Bophal incident in India, was caused by a disgruntled employee against Union Carbide. It was not an accident, caused by Carbide’s neglect or unpreparedness.

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