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The truth about sunscreens: Make sure you're covered

Safe Sunscreens

With warm weather around the corner, I decided to look into some new sunscreen and turned to the Skin Deep Database for some guidance. I found some unsettling information in a study done by the Environmental Working Group (EWG): 4 out of 5 sunscreens don't adequately protect skin from the sun's damaging rays and/or contain chemicals that may pose health hazards. There are no mandatory sunscreen standards in place, so products vary in safety and effectiveness; and companies are free to claim but not provide broad spectrum, all-day or instant protection. Many sunscreens even lack UVA protection altogether (the sun rays linked to skin damage, aging, immune system problems, and potentially skin cancer).

So how do you make sure you and your family are protected? A good start would be to follow some simple tips before you go outside:

  • Wear Clothes & Sunglasses - Wearing hats, shirts, pants and shorts will help shield you from UV rays and reduce risk by 27%. And your eyes need protection from UV rays too, so don't forget your sunglasses. (For even more protection opt for UPF clothing and hats.)
  • Plan your outdoor activities - To prevent sun overexposure, check the UV Index (the strength of sunburn-producing UV radiation) and go outdoors in early morning or late afternoon when the sun is lowest in the sky.
  • Find or Make Shade - Make sure you have access to shade under trees, tents, canopies or umbrellas.

The EWG recommends using sunscreen as your last resort, but sometimes you need a little extra protection. For those occasions, here are a few effective and safe sunscreens that pose a low health hazard and provide very good UVB and UVA protection:

The Honest Company Honest Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
safety: 1 low hazard, UVB/UVA Balance: good, UVA protection: excellent view data

Goddess Garden Everyday Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
safety: 1 low hazard, UVB/UVA Balance: good, UVA protection: good view data

Badger Sport Sunscreen SPF 35
safety: 1 low hazard, UVB/UVA Balance: good, UVA protection: excellent view data

All Terrain AquaSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
safety: 1 low hazard, UVB/UVA Balance: good, UVA protection: good view data

TruKid Sunny Days Daily Sunscreen, SPF 30+
safety: 1 low hazard, UVB/UVA Balance: good, UVA protection: excellent view data

Ava Anderson Non Toxic Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+
safety: 1 low hazard, UVB/UVA Balance: good, UVA protection: excellent view data


Source: Information provided by the Environmental Working Group.

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Make a powerful statement: personal, portable solar power

April 15, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Noon Solar Bags

Integrate solar power into your life on a small scale with an innovative eco bag. Noon Solar offers a collection of solar bags with a solar panel on the outside of each bag that is flexible, paper thin and is completely water and weather proofed. The solar panel charges a battery pack located inside the bag to supply solar power for cell phones or iPods, day or night. Just place the solar panel towards the sun to collect usable energy, even on cloudy or rainy days, and the battery pack will hold the sun's energy for several days. Noon Solar bags are made from biodegradable materials such as organic hemp and cotton fabric and naturally tanned leather and the solar panel and hardware can be removed and recycled or reused. The founders personally hand dye the organic materials with natural substances such as pomegranate and weld; and the leather is heavy metal free, and naturally tanned and dyed with sustainably harvested materials such as rhubarb and walnuts. View the Noon Solar bag collection.

Drink Responsibly: Premium wine with a green twist

April 10, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 2 Comments

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French Rabbit wines are vintage-dated, sustainably farmed French wines available in an eco-friendly Tetra Pak container. The Boisset family uses sustainable, bio-dynamic and organic wine making methods at all of its vineyards - and to further their commitment to producing eco-friendly wine, French Rabbit wines are packaged in Tetra-Prisma containers. Tetra-Prisma containers reduce packaging by 90% in comparison to typical glass wine bottles and weigh only 3% of the total weight of the product. That means less energy to produce, transport and recycle. The collapsible design allows you to squeeze out unwanted air that would ruin the wine and fits easily in your recycle bin. French Rabbit offers a Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot - check out their food and wine pairings for inspiration.

Green your bedroom for a restful, toxin-free night's sleep

April 09, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Get a truly rejuvenating night's sleep when you snuggle up to an organic mattress on this sustainable, non-toxic bed. The Rowan Bed is made with a sustainably harvested alder wood frame, all-reclaimed wood legs and finished with non-toxic materials. Available from Green Nest.

Sustainable, handcrafted wood rings

April 09, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 1 Comment

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If you are looking for a unique and eco-friendly wedding ring, check out Wood Rings. They offer a distinct selection of sustainable wood rings accented with white gold or silver. Wood Rings incorporates environmental preservation into their practices and products by using sustainably harvested wood and partnering with American Forests to plant a tree for every purchase.

Wearable Art: Designer jackets make an eco-fashion statement at D2E Boston

April 07, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Eco-fashion designer Tara Lynn showed off her designer collection of eco-friendly jackets in the Down:2:Earth Boston fashion show this past weekend. These one-of-a-kind, eco jackets are not only beautiful pieces of wearable art; but they are made of natural, organic and recycled materials and manufactured using solar electricity. Check out Tara Lynn on Etsy.

Celebration of Spring

April 02, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Etsy Favs: trio of organically shaped, hand thrown, robin's egg blue bud vases by Red Hot Pottery.

Dreamy eco shades

April 02, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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wood frame sunglasses

These iWood handcrafted sunglasses twinkle with visions of summer sunsets...not to mention they provide optical quality 100% UVA/UVB protection surrounded by sustainably harvested wood framing.

Brilliantly green diamond rings

April 01, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 1 Comment

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socially conscious diamond engagement rings

Brilliant Earth offers a dazzling selection of diamond rings made from conflict free diamonds and recycled gold or platinum. And you don't have to settle for a simple solitaire - you can create your own ring by choosing from dozens of Brilliant Earth designed settings or design your own custom ring. Their environmental and social commitments are very inspiring.

Handmade Natural Soaps

Pacifica Handmade Natural Soaps

Pacifica Handmade Natural Soaps are available in a variety of uniquely intoxicating scents, like Tuscan Blood Orange, Mexican Cocoa or Bali Lime Papaya, that turn your shower into a sensuous retreat. Their proprietary vegetable-glycerin base, herbs and signature essential and natural oils make these soaps rich-lathering, long lasting and moisturizing. They contain no parabens, sulfates, animal ingredients or artificial colors and are bio-degradable.

The soaps last a really long time and they look pretty with flecks of flowers and herbs scattered throughout. My favorite scents are Tuscan Blood Orange, Tahitian Gardenia and Hawaiian Ruby Guava. Next on my list to try is Brazilian Mango Grapefruit!