Is Your Sunscreen Killing Coral?

by Carmela Wolf, Wellness Manager, Down to Earth Honolulu

Hawaii state lawmakers signed a bill in May that bans the sale of sunscreens containing two chemicals deemed damaging to coral reefs and other marine organisms. If Gov. David Ige signs the bill, it would make Hawaii the first state to enact legislation designed to protect marine ecosystems by banning such sunscreens.

New Study Confirms Veggie Diets Are More Sustainable than Non-Veggie Diets

With Earth Day coming on April 22nd, it is a good time to review major nutrition and environmental research that continues to sound the alarm.  A plant-based diet will be key to the sustainability of our planet.

This past February, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) published a study that evaluated diet-related environmental impacts.  Compared with diets that include meat, the study found vegetarian and/or vegan diets:

Figuring Out Food Labels

by Sisi Kong

Reading food labels can help you choose wisely when food shopping ― if you know what to look for. Food labels identify the food, the amount inside the package, ingredient list, nutrition information and nutrition facts.. Standardized serving sizes enable you to make nutritional comparisons, which can help you choose more nutritious foods, determine which foods have lower calories and more dietary fiber content, maintain a healthy weight, and consume foods high in nutrients. Here's a simple step-by-step summary of the essential features.

Recipe for a Compassionate Christmas

by Down to Earth

With political turmoil and heightened emotions causing so much anxiety these days, it will be good to pause for a moment and think about how you want to enter this year’s Christmas season.  What positive experiences do you want and what can you do to make that happen?  Lessons handed down by spiritual leaders for millenniums ring true today as ever before.  Enter this year’s Christmas season with a spirit of love and compassion—indeed “good will.”  We love it when we are treated in this way, and we know it is what makes this time of year so special.  Why not pass it forward?

Celebrate Non-GMO Month 2017!

This October Down to Earth is joining 13,000 participating grocery retailers across North America in the eighth annual Non-GMO Month. Created by the Non-GMO Project, this month-long celebration spotlights shoppers’ rights to choose food and products that do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Let’s Hear it For the Women!

by Down to Earth

Many women—especially moms--work harder than most anyone and get little acknowledgement for it, all while weathering stress that would cave most men. This article is to acknowledge all they do and suggest a few ideas they may consider to help guard their health.

Too often we take for granted everything women do in contributing to the family income by taking on a job or developing a professional career while taking care of their family, households, and raising children. Also taken for granted is the stress that results from all the expectations that come with it.

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