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Five things you can do for healthy people and a healthy planet

1. Join the movement

For 45 years, our supporters and allies have been developing innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet.

2. Recycle electronics

Out with the old device? It’s easy (and important) to recycle it. Our researchers have tested cell phones and children’s tablets and found brominated flame retardants, lead, and PVC. When put into the trash, electronics such as cell phones, printers, monitors, keyboards, remote controls, and VCRs leach lead and other hazardous materials into the environment.

3. Eat sustainably

Opt for local and sustainably-grown food, including antibiotic-free dairy and eggs. Join a CSA, shop your local farmers’ market, start a small garden in your yard or in containers. These options will reduce fuel consumption, provide you with fresher, healthier food (more nutrients and fewer chemicals), and preserve the viability of antibiotics for human use. (Did you know that 80% of antibiotics used today are given to livestock?)

4. Avoid antibacterial soaps and microbeads

Antibacterial soaps have an active ingredient (triclosan) that interferes with our hormone systems and may lead to bacterial resistance to antibiotics. The FDA says triclosan may not be worth the risks, and there's no evidence it reduces illness more than plain soap and water. Microbeads, tiny plastic balls added to facial scrubs, cleansers, body washes and even toothpaste, are promoted for their ability to exfoliate gently. But, the beads are small enough to pass through wastewater treatment filters -- they are being found in alarming numbers in the Great Lakes and they're bad for wildlife.

5. Walk, bike, carpool or use transit

By avoiding a 20-mile round trip car commutes, you can reduce your CO2 emissions by 4,800 pounds per year. Overall, public transit reduces U.S. petroleum consumptions by 1.4 billion gallons annually (the equivalent of 300,000 fewer auto fill-ups each day).

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Innovative Solutions for People & Planet

We believe that the central question of our time is how human beings are going to thrive in the world without destroying the earth's ability to sustain us. In the face of enormous environmental challenges, virtually all sectors of our society are now scrambling to create solutions, and the Ecology Center plays a critical role in advancing the best models.

To do that, we employ four core strategies:

  • We educate consumers to help keep their families healthy and safe.
  • We push corporations to use clean energy, make safe products, and provide healthy food.
  • We provide people with innovative services that promote healthy people and a healthy planet.
  • We work with policymakers to establish laws that protect communities and the environment.
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Our Work

We focus our efforts in a few specific areas, where we've developed deep expertise, analyzed opportunities, and identified strategies for maximum impact. We descrive these overarching areas as Environmental Health, Sustainable Food, Energy & Climate Change, and Zero Waste. To put it very briefly, we work to make your products safer, your food more local, the energy you use cleaner, and to make less waste in the process.