In a perfect world we'd buy all our fresh produce organic, but sometimes the budget just doesn't stretch that far or, our local grocer simply doesn't supply an organic alternative. If you often find yourself puzzled as to which fruits and vegetables you should buy organic, as opposed to those you can get away with buying straight off the stand at the supermarket, then this is for you. To conclude Earth Week, nutritionist Amanda Powell takes us through the Environmental Working Group's annual Dirty Dozen list. It's a handy guide which ranks foods based on the level of pesticide residue, and is a great resource for those looking to buy organic on a budget. Click through.
In honour of Earth Day today, we're taking a look at the celebrities who love giving back. Whether they're thinking green in their own lives or promoting environmental habits and products, these stars do their part to help clean things up.
Click through our slideshow to see who made the list, and be sure to check out all of our eco content to celebrate Earth Day.
Last week we covered a range of Earth Week topics including a DIY skin scrub and nature's wonder ingredients — but today is the big one, Earth Day. All around the world, different organisations (along with everyday people!) are doing their bit to help protect the environment. To celebrate such an impacting initiative, we're suggesting you get outside and smell the fresh air with a bush walk. Less time spent indoors on a machine at the gym means less damage to the environment, so this really is an easy way to get invloved. Before you head off, though, we're highlighting 10 of the NSW Government's top bush walking safety tips. Step this way . . .
In honour of Earth Month, we thought we would clear up a few things first. As we all become more aware of the environment, climate change and all that jazz, there's been a huge surge in green cosmetics. Now, just about anyone has a natural, organic or certified organic collection or product that they want you to know about. But before you buy, it's important to know the rules and regulations around claiming to be natural, organic and certified organic.
Natural: This is the tricky one because, as we stand currently, there are no regulations around the use of the word natural in the Australian beauty market. Saying that, truly natural beauty products should feature at least 90 percent of naturally-derived ingredients and be free from all synthetics, but as there is nobody policing it in Australia, you need to be careful. The Natural Products Association was founded in the US in 1936 and they represent over 10,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including those in the cosmetics industry. In order to gain their seal of approval, a personal care product must: "be made up of only, or at least almost only, natural ingredients manufactured with appropriate processes to maintain ingredient purity," should not be tested on animals and furthermore, should use "biodegradable ingredients and the most environmentally sensitive packaging." If it does all that, it gets the seal so keep your eyes peeled for the logo. And always check the ingredients list.
In honour of Earth Day (next Monday, April 22), it's time to consider the products we use and the natural ingredients found in so many beauty products. There are a lot of claims made in the beauty industry, especially when it comes to natural ingredients. Rose oil is supposed to make your skin as pretty as a flower, tea tree is reputed to blast away acne, and marine algae has started to sound like the fountain of youth. But do these ingredients actually live up to the hype? Get the facts on 10 of the most popular natural beauty boosters now.
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The environment is a cause close to the hearts of many in Hollywood and certain stars are well known for their activism. We’re gearing up for Earth Day, which takes place on April 22, by collecting a few of our favourite celebrities’ thoughts on going green — check out what they have to say.
Earth Day is coming up on April 22 and to mark the occasion Sierra Club, an environmental organisation in the US, asked some celebrities to name their favourite places in the world. Blythe Danner, Modern Family’s Nolan Gould, Alison Janney and more shared their love of nature and listed places that are special to them, while stars like Jessica Alba and Joshua Jackson reinforce the need to take care of the planet. Where is your favourite place in the world?
Still can't find the perfect-cut tee? Well let me introduce you to your new go-to basics label. Alternative Earth is the eco-friendly cousin of Alternative Apparel, which was founded by Greg Alterman after his tireless search for the perfect t-shirt. The line is 100% certified organic and manufactured with organic cotton, recycled polyester and man-made fibres. It features super soft tees and hoodies with a great vintage look, and has celebrity fans like Justin Timberlake, Blake Lively and Sandra Bullock. If that's not enough to sway you, the company also supports a range of charities and is actively involved in promoting socially responsible working conditions as well as eco-fashion. Yup, this is one fashion brand which deserves a halo!
Alternative Apparel is available at David Jones or shop for it online.