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Green Your Pet's Routine

Author: Seventh Generation
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Let’s face it, pets are family. And as responsible pet parents, it only makes sense that we do everything we can to help reduce their carbon “paw” print. The next time you’re faced with choices for your pet, rely on these tips to help you make the sustainable one:

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At this point, we all know the drill: There are potential cancer-causing ingredients in those cleaners, pesticides on that produce, and hormonal havoc in the canned goods. Common trouble spots like these are hardly news. But not all hazards on the home front get this kind of press. Some hide in the strangest places.
Here’s a handful that caught even a hardened eco-vigilante like me off guard:

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Meet Our Genie

Author: Seventh Generation
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Arabic culture speaks of powerful magical beings who live inside bottles. Rub the bottle and the genie appears to grant any wish. It sounds far-fetched, but it's not. At Seventh Generation, we have a very real genie who lives inside every bottle we make and makes the magic pour out. We call him Scienceman, a.k.a. Martin Wolf.

Officially, Martin is our Director of Product Sustainability & Authenticity. But we always think of him as the heart and soul of everything we do because for over two decades he's made sure our stuff is safe for planets and other living things.

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No Room at the Inn for Cleanliness

Author: the Inkslinger
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We all know the story of a certain pregnant couple turned away from a crowded inn and forced to spend an eventful night in a manger. But that may have been for the best given new evidence that hotel rooms are hotbeds of unholy contamination. Here's what to know for a safer holiday travel season.
 

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Clean Hands, Healthier World

Author: greenwrite
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I can still hear my mother asking, "Did you wash your hands before dinner?" And to this day, the habit has stuck. Turns out, her ages-old advice is more important today than ever before. December is National Handwashing Awareness Month and with colds and flu lurking around every corner, it's the perfect time to remember the importance of washing your hands.

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What’s Lurking in Your Medicine Cabinet?

Author: Seventh Generation
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Chances are you're very careful about the products you use to clean your home. You know all about VOCs and phosphates and a host of other ingredients. But when was the last time you inventoried the contents of your medicine cabinet? 
 

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Baby Laundry in 4 Steps

Author: RealMomofNJ
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Baby laundry. It's not that hard to do.  It's just that the volume and frequency at which you do it makes it seem overwhelming. The tiny clothes are so cute, but a full load of baby wash seems to have about 1000x the number of articles as an adult load. And thanks to spit-up, baby food, and other bodily fluids, it feels like there are million times more stains.

So, to make the baby laundry easier for myself, I follow 4 steps:

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What the X?!

Author: greenwrite
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2X, 3X, 4X… what's with all the Xs in the laundry aisle? Are they something you should get eXcited about? That depends on how eXhausted you get lugging home those big jugs of laundry detergent. And how frustrated you get when you realize a lot of what you're paying for is water.
 

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The Dirt on EWG's New Cleaner Database

Author: Consumer Insigh...
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The good people at the Environmental Working Group have been kindred spirits in the effort to get companies to clean up their act. Like us, they believe too many products hide their ingredients and that consumers have a right to know what's inside of them. That's where their amazing guides come in. And now they've got one for cleaners.
 
You can just imagine the interoffice anticipation when we logged in to calculate our own final grade and found we got (drum roll, please) a C+!
 
Wait… what?
 

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Lessons in Healthy School-Year Habits

Author: Seventh Generation
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The kids are back to school and those long lazy days of summer are the stuff of memories. With the flu season approaching, one important lesson students, teachers, and parents alike should learn this year is how to reduce the spread of germs in the classroom.

The Seventh Generation Back-to-School Survey uncovered the concerns of parents and teachers of children in grades K-5:

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