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GE appliance maker sued over failure to share gas stove pollution risks

Worried about emissions from your gas stove or one a family member or friend owns? The debate is heating up. A lawsuit filed against the maker of GE Appliances in the District of Columbia Superior Court alleges that the company is violating consumer protection laws by failing to warn district consumers that gas stoves produce air pollution that can be harmful to human health.  Read more →


Which sunscreen should you buy to protect yourself from summer sun?

It’s important to protect your skin from the sun by using sunscreen and by taking other protections such as wearing a wide-brimmed hat and long sleeves. Sunscreen protects your skin against radiation from sun rays called ultraviolet A and B. UVB rays are the ones that mostly cause sunburn, while UVA rays mainly cause aging skin. Read more →


Thoughts on Earth Day 2024

In the era of climate change, so much needs to be done, it makes your head spin. However, on Earth Day this year, I’d like to give a shout out to leaders and groups who have been working for decades make a difference for the earth. A recent example is PFAS, also known as forever chemicals. They’re used in a wide range of consumer products. Read more →


Why you should care about lemurs

With Earth Day coming up, it’s a good time to learn about endangered species and what we can do about the decline in valuable animals and plants. A new group that’s doing important work is Wildlife Madagascar, a nonprofit conservation organization committed to conserving the land, forests, and wildlife species in Madagascar. Read more →


Amazon’s recycling program for its plastic packaging isn’t working, report says

Amazon packaging rarely gets recycled when customers use the company’s recommended store drop-off system. Packaging from drop-off bins ended up in landfills or incinerators, became stuck in distribution centers, or was made into nonrecyclable products, according to a report from the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Environment America Research and Policy Center. Read more →


What to buy and not buy in April this year

April may not seem like a big month for shopping, but you’ll find a lot of categories that have good deals. Some of them are practical, so if you want fun and frivolous items, you may have to do more research. Here are suggestions from DealNews.com on what to buy and not buy in April: For Cookware, you’re likely to see deals in April. Read more →


EPA finalizes ban on the remaining uses of asbestos and the importation of the toxin

On Monday, the EPA announced a final rule to ban use of the only known form of asbestos imported into the U.S. – an action to shield consumers from the toxic substance that kills nearly 40,000 Americans every year. It’s the first substance that the EPA has successfully banned using new authority Congress gave the agency in 2016. Read more →


Are your new light bulbs lasting 20 years or more?

The new light bulbs are a step forward, I think, in terms of energy saving so I applaud the change. However, it irritates me that the manufacturers are claiming that the light bulbs will last for many, many years. They simply don’t. About a decade ago, I took a package of light bulbs back to Costco because they weren’t lasting as long as the manufacturer indicated. Read more →


How to reduce the amount of plastic you eat

Although I’ve written a number of times about how to eat less plastic, it’s time to take a look at it again. Recent research offers more information for your consideration. Consumer Reports recent research showed that in addition to plastic leaching from containers into food, there’s actually chemicals from plastic in food. Read more →


Money tips for 2024

Every week, I write and send out my newsletter Helpful Money Tips for You. This week’s newsletter has a number of financial tips that will be valuable to to you and your family during 2024. See it below. I’m getting a lot of compliments on the newsletter. People like it because it’s brief and has information from a variety of sources that they can put to use right away. Read more →