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In Search of Safe Cosmetics!

Silvia Milanova | Sep 9, 2013 | General | 


Four well-known personal care products companies have violated the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Proposition 65, in California. The proposition requires business to tell or “warn” customers in California when they use chemicals that may contribute to cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm.

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Another Monster Forest Fire: What are the Environmental Effects?

Silvia Milanova | Aug 29, 2013 | Water Pollution | 


Thirteen days after it started, the wildfire in Yosemite National Park still burns. The ‘monster’ fire, known as the “Rim” fire, has scorched more than 300 square miles of land and trees.  It could have devastating effects not only on the homes and tourist attractions in the area, but also on the clean water supply, the biodiversity of the forest, and the air quality.

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Holistic Muse: Chakras - Our Wheels of Energy

Denise DeForest Pastoor | Aug 22, 2013 | Green Living | 


Dear Denise,

Can you explain what chakras are and how they work?  I hear about the energy of chakras, but how can they help me? –EcoPlum follower

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Dede's Green Scene: One Fish, Two Fish, Blackfish

Dede Tabak | Aug 14, 2013 | Entertainment and Media | 


Inspired by the 2010 death of SeaWorld orca trainer, Dawn Brancheau,, the documentary Blackfish, takes a hard look at the history of killer whales in captivity. The film focuses on the life of Tilikum, a 12,000 lb. male orca who was captured in 1983 from the wild at the age of 2 . Tilikum was at Canada’s Sealand of the Pacific. But when he killed his trainer at Sealand, Keltie Byrne, he was purchased by SeaWorld. After the film’s director, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, read about Tilikium’s attack on trainer Brancheau, she had some questions. Cowperthwaite, who’d been to shows at Sea World’s San Diego outpost with her kids, began to wonder—why would a highly intelligent animal like Tilikum ever bite the trainer who fed him? Through research and interviews with former orca trainers, Cowperthwaite exposes a history of mistreatment toward captive whales and unfortunate encounters with humans. Tilikum has killed two other trainers besides Brancheau. Yet, he continues to perform today at SeaWorld. Blackfish sets to find out why.

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Chryso's Eco-Friendly Beauty Buys: SPF Makeup

Chryso D'Angelo | Aug 7, 2013 | Green Living | 


Did you know that you could get sun protection from your makeup? Cosmetic companies have created a range of products to help you battle the signs of aging and lower your risk of skin cancer, while helping you look beautiful to boot.

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How to Go Green with Silv: Be the Change

Silvia Milanova | Jul 25, 2013 | Green Living | 


Throughout college, I thought that I was learning a lot. I was hoping that my $50,000 yearly tuition was helping to teach me something important. But while I was learning how to write a good story, I was still pretty clueless about some important things in life.

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Chryso’s Fair Trade Beauty Buys: Globetrotting Edition

Chryso D'Angelo | Jul 19, 2013 | Personal Care Products | 


Cocoa ScrubAfter you smooth your legs with body lotion, dab on that wrinkle cream, and apply your makeup, take a look in the mirror. Do you look amazing? Of course you do! Some of those results are natural…others are store-bought. And the ingredients in some store-bought purchases, like those that have Fair Trade Certification, can be traced miles away over oceans and deserts.

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Dede's Green Scene: Chimes They are a Changing!

Dede Tabak | Jul 3, 2013 | Entertainment and Media | 


Do you hear the ladies sing? Well, you may have missed the Sounds of Change Concert, which aired on June 1, but hopefully, you will be able to feel the effect long after it’s over. The Sounds of Change concert was organized by Chimes for Change, a global campaign for girls and women empowerment. Chimes for Change founders Frida Giannini, designer for Gucci, Salma Hayek-Pinault and Beyonce Knowles-Carter wanted to raise awareness and funding for a woman’s right to education, justice and health everywhere. The list of celebrities who “chimed” in for this event included Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Prince Harry, Pakistani education activist Humaira Bachal, Florence Welch, Gloria Steinem and many more. The concert raised $4.3 million to fund 200 projects in 70 countries around the world, all meant to empower women globally.

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Spotlight on Fair Trade: Shanti Boutique Handmade Jewelry

Silvia Milanova | Jul 1, 2013 | Story Behind EcoPlum Products | 


When you pick up a new pair of earrings, or try on a ring, what goes through your mind? How do I look? Is this the right fit? Do you think about how the purchase positively or negatively impacts people around the world? Or how the purchase affects the artisans who made the jewelry?

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Chryso's Eco Friendly Beauty Buys: Sunscreen

Chryso D'Angelo | Jun 18, 2013 | Green Living | 


Sunscreen should be worn daily—after all, the sun even shines during the winter months. Since the summer season is upon us and temps are rising, it’s more important than ever to protect ourselves from harmful UV/UVA rays that can cause sunburn—a major risk factor for skin cancer (melanoma).

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