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Videos:

The Story of Stuff
A 20-minute animation of the consumerist society, narrated by Anne Leonard, to view online or download. “Let’s have a little more appreciation and reverence for the stuff we have instead of this mindless consumerism.”

Interview with Peter Kindersley
Peter Kindersley, owner of NYR Organic, talks about agribusiness, organic farming, and the Slow Food movement.

The Story of Cosmetics
A short, 7-minute video about the ugly truth of toxic chemicals in cosmetics — “toxics in, toxics out” – and their impact on our health.

A Wake-Up Story
A must-see video for every parent and anyone that cares about the health and development of children, by Healthy Child Healthy World, a nonprofit organization inspiring parents to protect their children from harmful chemicals.

Get Service
Someone just shared this 4-minute video with me on Facebook: WOW, does this ever strike a chord with me. Whoever created this little piece deserves a standing ovation. If only we ALL had a pair of those glasses…

Wellsphere comment: “Ever have one of those days where it seems no one cares, and that your life is uniquely sucky? I used to have those every day, but only for abour 40 years. I really saw myself in the young man portrayed in this video…before and after. Everything is not as it appears; I’m so glad to know this.”

Web Sites:

Help Others with a Smile Card
Kindness is contagious! Anonymously make someone smile with a random act of kindness—leave behind a “Smile Card” asking them to keep the ripple going. It’s easy and fun.

Walletmouth
“Your wallet is a mouth. When you spend money, you tell the world how you want it to be.” My absolute favorite blog. Wallet Mouth is an example of one woman doing her research and spending her money to reflect her and her family’s values. Her blog is categorized by products, issues like labor and environment, and includes her struggles as a mother to buy the best for her baby.

The Environmental Working Group
The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993.

Skin Deep” Cosmetics Database
A safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products brought to you by researchers at the EWG. This searchable ingredient database is the largest integrated data resource of its kind. Why did a small nonprofit take on such a big project? Because the FDA doesn’t require companies to test their own products for safety.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
A national coalition of nonprofit health and environmental organizations, whose goal is to protect the health of consumers and workers by securing the corporate, regulatory and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate the use of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other serious health concerns, and replace them with safer alternatives.

Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides
Download this EWG guide so when you’re shopping you’ll know which produce to buy organic, and which conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables are okay if organic isn’t available.

Thought-provoking, mind-opening Reads:

  • Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry (Stacy Malkan, 2007)
  • Slow Death by Rubber Duck (Rick Smith & Bruce Lourie, 2009)
  • Eating Animals (Jonathan Safran Foer, 2009)
  • Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea (Alice Waters, 2008)
  • The Green Gardeners Guide (Joe Lamp’l, 2008)
  • The Circle of Simplicity: Return to the Good Life (Cecile Andrews, 1997)
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (Barbara Kingsolver, 2007)