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How to improve indoor air quality

Laura Sevier
| 3rd March 2009
If you thought you could hide from smoke and smog indoors, you've got another thing coming. Laura Sevier takes a look at the problem of in-house pollution, and offers advice on what you can do to clear the air

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Behind the Label: Comfort Fabric Softener

Pat Thomas
| 12th February 2009
Soft towels, fluffy fleeces and synthetic fabrics don’t cling. What’s not to like? Well, try skin irritation, increased flammability and environmental pollution, for starters. It seems the average bottle of fabric softener has a dark side.

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Behind the label: Fairy Liquid

Pat Thomas
| 5th February 2009
The bird is now bones, the gravy glue, the roast veggies are on their way to becoming a source of winter fuel and as soon as everyone’s dinner has gone down a bit, it will be time to do the washing-up. If you are one of the 64 per cent of households in the UK that doesn’t own a dishwasher, chances are there will be a trusty bottle of Fairy Liquid by the sink to get the job of washing-up done.

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Teflon Out of the Frying Pan

Pat Thomas
| 8th December 2008
Credited in the Guiness book of records as the world's most slippery substance, Teflon has escaped the scrutiny of environmental regulators for 50 years. Now evidence suggests that the chemicals that leak from the Teflon pans during cooking may be more harmful to the environment and human health that DDT

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We Are All Addicts

Edward Goldsmith
| 1st September 2006
A 1971 editorial from the ecologist founding editor Edward Goldsmith on how our society is becoming ever more addicted to gimmicks intended to ensure our survival in ever less favourable conditions

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Saving face

Pat Thomas
| 1st June 2005
Skin has a life of its ownthat most of us know nothing about. Getting in touch with its natural rhythms, rather than bullying it with creams and potions, is the most reliable
path to a better complexion

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Behind the label: Radox Herbal Bath with Juniper

Pat Thomas
| 25th April 2005
Overrun with shower gels that claim to firm and tone, cream baths that turn back the clock and body scrubs that detox and purify, the shelves of the average supermarket and pharmacy could be mistaken for those of a specialist spa or beauty parlour. Modern marketing contrives to make us believe that taking a bath or shower is an ‘experience’ rather than a personal hygiene fundamental, and that bath-time products are indulgent treats with emotional benefits. More often than not we believe it.

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Nasty, Brutish & Short

Sally Fallon
| 1st July 2003
In the 1930s US dentist Weston Price travelled the world to study the diets of ‘primitive’ peoples. He found a startling lack of disease and proof that a system of environmentally-friendly local food production is the best way to ensure human health.

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Hidden Agenda

The Ecologist
| 1st June 2003
If you are one of the many millions of people who rely on vitamins and supplements to maintain their health and conquer illness, it’s time for you to get active. The Ecologist explains why

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