I think I should bring you all some fair trade flowers to make up for my tardy blogging. But instead I’m just going to give you three posts in one! First up, I wrote about Wal-mart’s historic announcement that it’ll be phasing 10 toxins off their shelves. Pretty impressive, though we’ll see how this plays out. In the same column, I dig into bodycare seals. Ever wonder what all those seals on health store shampoos and lotions really mean? In honour of national organic week, I offer up a guide to five organic bodycare seals. And news flash, some changes have just hit the USDA organic seal. This one’s long considered tops for bodycare since, unlike other seals, it’s only designed for use on food, so a USDA organic lotion has to meet the same standards as a USDA organic salad dressing. It’s got to be 95% or more organic to use the seal and only synthetics approved in organic food can be used in that lotion. That makes it pretty impossible for stuff like shampoo or lipstick that contain non-food ingredients to meet, which is why companies use some of the other seals listed here.
But as I mention in the column, the corporate lobby (let’s call them Big Organics), has been trying to sneak in iffy synthetics under the USDA Organic label for eons now and they’ve just changed the rules to make it easier to do so. Yes, they still allow way fewer synths than standards designed especially for cosmetics like Ecocert, Natrue or, one I didn’t have room for, NSF (which requires that a personal care product be 70% or more organic), however, this means we’ve got to be extra vigilant about making sure more dodgy ingredients don’t sneak their way in. For more info, check out this interesting take. And for my full column on all the above and more, read on here.
After that, we skipped a week of official Ecoholic format to bring readers our #lovetheravines spread, this one’s got a more local Toronto bent . But my second ravine piece called Cures Run Through It is on all the incredible physical, psychological and environmental benefits of urban forests, which really apply to any and all time spend in any nature, anywhere on the planet. (Hence why the Suzuki Foundation’s Nature Challenge is also so important).
And finally, my most recent column featured an interview with water warrior and long-time Council of Canadians executive director, Maude Barlow, on her new bestselling book, Blue Future. In case you haven’t seen her speak, Maude is this really warm, lovely woman that just so happens to be one Canada’s top butt-kicking activists and political watchdogs.
And for something completely different, the latest Ecoholic product guide is on…snack bars! Yes, even energy bars can get political, especially if their parent co is up to some bad shiznit like draining water tables or fighting GMO labels (sorry, Larabar fans). Find out whether you’ve been biting on more than you wanna chew here.
And that concludes this round of blogging catch-up! Thanks for your patience, guys! Now, turn off your device, go outside, head to a park/ravine/leafy backyard and get a blast of body-boosting, mind-clearing, zen-inspiring fall goodness.