ON THE AIR with LINDA MASON HUNTER
In the Zone
How to Tell Good Cosmetics from Bad
beware of cancer-causing and hormone-disrupting ingredients.
Cosmetics, fragrances, and personal care products make great holiday gifts, but with thousands of products in the marketplace today, it can be nearly impossible to tell healthy cosmetics from toxic ones. How to choose?
My go-to for information is the website of the Environmental Working Group, EWG.org. It contains reliable, up-to-date safety information on more than 7,000 products, each scientifically tested and rated on a scale of one to ten.
The EWG Skin Deep portal is a treasure trove of information. You can download the new EWG guide, Quick Tips for Choosing Safer Personal Care Products, and take with you when you shop. It’s chock-full of information, including how to read labels and how to shop smart.
EWG’s newest program is called EWG Verified. When a product carries the EWG VERIFIED™ mark, you can trust it meets EWG's strictest standards for your health. Learn more about this program from EWG.org/SkinDeep.
My Holiday Wish
Since I was born, not so very long ago, sea levels have risen by six inches, the world’s population has grown from 3.3 billion to 7.5 billion, and 108,000 species have become extinct.
So what do I want this holiday season? I want everyone of us to take actions that will preserve this planet for the generations that will follow. Recycle, walk if you can, don’t buy the stuff you don’t need, donate to an environmental cause if you’re able, write to your local politicians and ask them to advocate for the environment.
Take baby steps. Being green is a process. It doesn’t happen all at once. Stay positive.
That’s not too much to ask, is it?
December 25, 2018
When I went searching for something meaningful to share with you on Christmas Day, my thoughts immediately went to my favorite philosopher/author, Kurt Vonnegut, who satirized the human condition with biting black humor that was, nevertheless, honest and hopeful. My most memorable Vonnegut quotes urge us to live with open hearts.
“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”
In another novel Vonnegut writes, “I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.’”
Please be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.
I get more out of the visual with the sound off.