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Sustainable Refreshment

Given the feeling of helpless hopelessness as we watch what’s unraveling in Washington these days–with special dismay for what’s coming at the EPA– it is uplifting to read about innovative projects which mitigate pollution while also looking gorgeous. So, first we had green roofs and still they’re a long way from being “common”.  In Portland, … Continue reading

chemical pollution / consumer rights / corporate ethics / dupont / Environment / labeling / teflon

From Agent Orange to GMO, to Cookware and Exposures of Daily Life….

It’s all about chemicals–bringing yes good but also insidiously and lethally bad things to life….DuPont, Dow Chemical and Monsanto, and collaborations thereof, have done much to advance human progress and much to undermine it with a history of production/utility casualties, cat ‘n mouse games and lawsuits marking their decades of product development. Over time, consumer safety guidelines are skirted, regulators are lobbied, … Continue reading