Environment Feed

Most sunscreens provide poor protection or contain questionable ingredients, environmental group says

If you’re going to leave your home and go outside, remember to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. To help consumers select a sunscreen, the Environmental Working Group has released its 14th annual “Guide to Sunscreens.” Read more →

For the first time in 20 years, AAA won’t make a Memorial Day travel forecast

Gas prices continue to increase with nearly every state’s average increasing by an average of 4 cents. At the start of the Memorial Day work week, the national gas price average is $1.87. The last time it was under $2 a gallon leading into the holiday was in 2003. Read more →

Don’t give businesses immunity from liability for exposing workers or consumers to covid-19, consumer groups say

No business should be given immunity from potential liability for exposing workers or customers to covid-19. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for businesses to be immune from liability if their workers and customers get sick. Read more →

During the coronavirus pandemic, Trump rolls back environmental laws

The Trump administration released a final rule Tuesday rolling back auto fuel efficiency standards, which will let cars and light trucks emit about 1 billion more tons of carbon pollution over the lifetime of the vehicle fleet than under the standards set by the Obama administration. Read more →

Strawberries, spinach, and kale top this year’s Dirty Dozen list for pesticide residue, but raisins are worse

Nearly 70 percent of the fresh produce sold in the United States contains residues of potentially harmful chemical pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group’s 2020 Dirty Dozen. This year’s Dirty Dozen are: Read more →

Crystal Geyser pleads guilty to storing and transporting wastewater contaminated with arsenic

CG Roxane, the parent company of bottle water producer Crystal Geyser, has pleaded guilty to federal charges of illegally storing and transporting hazardous waste created from filtering arsenic out of spring water at its facility in Olancha, California.  Read more →

Consumers, businesses need to reject single-use food packaging, group says

Consumers overlook the environmental impact of food packaging. If concern about climate change, the environment, or your personal health are factors in what to eat, it’s important to realize that those issues also are factors when it comes to food packaging. Read more →

Top consumer stories for 2019

As usual, most of the end-of-the-year, round-up articles are about national issues or corporations. If consumers are mentioned, it’s usually about how they’re responding to some corporation. For the most part, it’s been a grim year for consumers. Read more →