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BUILT FOR YOUR HEAVY DEMANDS FOR
YEARS TO COME
classified as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA, while oxybenzone and other UV-filtering chemicals require further testing. If you are unsure of what to choose, the Environmental Working Group suggests opting for sunscreen products made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide along with incorporating simple practices to reduce potential for UV skin damage. These practices include wearing clothing and hats that protect skin from excess exposure, planning activities early in morning and late afternoon when the sun is lower, finding shade or creating it, protecting your eyes with sunglasses and checking the UV index before planning your outdoor activities. Remember, sun isn’t all bad— it is our best source of vitamin D for the body— but we must be smart with our exposure.
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As we track in all that dirt from outside, our cleanup inside can be greener and cleaner too. There can be a whole host of toxic chemicals sitting right underneath your sink. The warning labels on your cleaning solutions give you a clear indication of how toxic they are for you and for the environment. Greener cleaning products are big business and it can be an overwhelming and confusing prospect in choosing what is truly safe. Unfortunately, simply looking for the labels