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The latest news, food for thought, recipes you’ll love, great advice on everything from raising kids to nurturing bees, plus videos designed to entertain, educate and enlighten. If you’d like to find out what’s on our mind – or let us know what’s on yours -- this is place to be.

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Scienceman Introduces Liquid Laundry Detergent 2X Concentrates

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Our Liquid Laundry Detergent Ultra Concentrates reduce the use of plastic packaging and save energy.

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This Turkish Delight Finally Gets the LED Out

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Author: the Inkslinger

If you think compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs give your energy budget a big bang for its buck, wait until you see what light emitting diode (LED) lighting can do. Except that the operative word there has always been “wait” because that’s all we’ve been doing: so far scientists have only been able to create ultra-efficient LEDs that shed light in certain colors.

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Seventh Generation's Response to OCA

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We applaud the Organic Consumer Association’s (OCA) recent research efforts to educate consumers about the safety of personal care and home cleaning products. It is important for consumers to know that Seventh Generation’s dish liquid, which does contain a minute amount of the ethoxylate 1,4-dioxane, is deemed safe according to the FDA’s and our own strict guidelines.

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High On Hydrogen, But How Do We Get Our Fix?

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Author: the Inkslinger

As far as fuels are concerned, hydrogen is just about perfect. When combined with oxygen in a fuel cell, just three things come out: electricity, water, and heat. That’s it. No carbon dioxide. No particulates. No worries about sinking public health or rising sea levels. It’s the fuel you can bring home to meet your parents.

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Ugly Things Lurk In the Beauty Aisle

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Fundamentally, there’s only one way that toxins in consumer products get noticed by consumers: Somebody begins making noise and keeps the drums going until the media picks up the beat and people everywhere start listening. Bisphenol-a in polycarbonate plastics. Phthalates in toys. Brominated fire retardants in home furnishings. Pick your poison. The pattern is always the same.

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Meet 7Gen!

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Author: the Inkslinger

Hello! Welcome to 7Gen, the new voice of the Seventh Generation community.

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Does "Daylight Savings" Really Mean "Energy Spending?"

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In what will be a welcome shock to our winter-weary systems up here in Vermont, Sunday marks the shift to Daylight Savings Time (DST), the day our clocks "spring forward" to offer an extra hour of what in these parts is much-appreciated sunshine.

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Hey Kids! Show Whole Foods Your Inner Green

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Seventh Generation is sponsoring some Whole Foods Earth Day fun: the Whole Earth Generation, in which we're inviting anyone and everyone between the ages of eight and 17 to create a short video that shows how they’re making a difference in the health of the world we all share.

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News Nuggets: Carbon, Pebble Mine & the Encyclopedia of Life

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Author: the Inkslinger

Here in the Northern Vermont Hinterlands, I’m preparing for a brief escape. A long weekend in the big city. Going on blind faith to see a little music. Catch a flick. Peruse the shops for weird Moroccan light fixtures. Eat some foods I can’t pronounce. Enjoy a few adult beverages. Should be just the thing to forestall cabin fever a bit longer. Cause it be getting crazy. 15 inches of new snow on the way to push us into the snowiest February ever and one of the top ten snowiest winters, which up here is really saying something. Gotta get out from under it for a bit. But before I go, here are a few interesting items of note from the news desk…

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Air Fresheners Leave Your Air Anything But

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There’s always been something a little unsettling about the idea of revitalizing the air inside our homes by spraying things with names like “Meadow Mist” and “Mountain Breeze,” especially when these products hardly smell like either. Now, two studies have found that our suspicions were correct -- synthetic air fresheners coat our homes and fill our air with unsafe chemicals.

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