Is a Sustainable Halloween Possible?

Ideas for a Sustainable HalloweenAmericans love Halloween. We love decorations, pumpkin patches, candy, pumpkin flavored everything, costumes, creepy food, crafts, music, scary movies… the list can go on forever.

Total spending on Halloween is expected to reach an all time high of $6.9 billion in 2015, with more than 157 million Americans planning to celebrate Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation’s Halloween Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. Continue reading

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Buying Tips: Less Toxic Nail Polish

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With names that echo tropical islands, fond memories and sassy puns — who’d ever suspect those cute bottles of nail polish are filled with many concerning chemicals?

Unfortunately there isn’t an all-natural option for nail polish. But there are products that have fewer ingredients with serious health concerns. If you are one to use a polish on your fingers or toes, here are few important things to look for:

  • “3-free”: Brands that don’t use toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or formaldehyde
  • “5-free”: Brands that are 3-free + formaldehyde resin or camphor.
  • Never list: Barium Sulfate, Triphenyl Phosphate, Benzophenone, Triphenyl Phosphate, Trimellitic Anhydride.




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Behind the Ratings: Pet Food

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Between 1988 and 2015, overall pet ownership in the United States has increased from 56% to 65%. Today, more than 79 million households own at least one pet. Pet owners are prioritizing and investing in the care and health of their pets, encouraging the pet care industry to quickly replace the term “pet owners” with “pet parents”.


People want their pets to lead healthy lives—They plan activities for them, comfort them, search for the best gear and bathing supplies, learn about their nutrition needs for every life-stage, and invest in pet beds for a comfortable night sleep. For many families, pets are members of the family.

A study by Pew Research showed that 85% of dog owners considered their pet to be part of their family

pet parents 2With the same expectation of feeding our human family nutritious food, choosing the best food for your pet can be tricky. Pet food nutrition labels are often formatted similarly to human food, but the nutritional values of pet food is hard to understand. Transparency about ingredient amounts, sources, and processing methods is often difficult to obtain. Plus, many brands use the same ingredient providers and manufacture products at the same processing facilities.

So, how do you choose the best pet food, with the highest nutritional value for the best price? Continue reading

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Choose Safe, Healthy Lip Products

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Some of the most vulnerable skin on our body is found on our face. Typically left exposed to the elements, the skin our face and lips is an important place to take special care of.

Lip products have long evolved from the days of the original tubs of Vaseline and Carmex. Now packed with products from tints and sunscreens to gloss and moisturizers, the lip care product aisle can get confusing quick.

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Clean Up Your Laundry Routine

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How “clean” can your clothes get when the soap you are using may contain potentially hazardous chemicals, or fragrances that you may be allergic too?

Cleaning products are among the most significant sources of exposure to toxic chemicals in the home. Many of the products we use to scrub, whiten and soften our loads of laundry are made with ingredients that raise concerns for human health and our environment. Continue reading

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Behind the Ratings: Baby and Kids Personal Care

Behind the Ratings Kids Personal Care ProductsThe average American is said to use nine personal care products containing more than 126 different ingredients every day. When choosing products we use on and around us, is it best to choose the product with less ingredients? Or the product with the most natural ingredients? What about simply choosing a product based on the packaging claims, like “hypoallergenic”, “all natural” or “dermatologist recommended”?


The importance of choosing the right product increases exponentially when making the choice for our children, and — let’s be honest — reading the label of any product can be dizzying. GoodGuide is here to help.

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Healthy Handwashing


A recent article published by WebMD reported 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. Good handwashing, then, is still one of the best ways to avoid getting sick.

We all know we’re supposed to wash our hands, right? But how often do we skip it?

In 2013, researchers at Michigan State University conducted an undercover study to see how many people actually washed their hands before leaving a public bathroom. What they found was … kind of gross. While only 7 percent of women and 15 percent of men skipped washing their hands all together, a whopping 95 percent of people didn’t wash their hands properly. Which, as it turns out, can be as bad as skipping it all together.

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