Get Your Summer Sun Safely: EWG’s Guide to Sunscreens

Get Your Summer Sun Safely: EWG's Guide to Sunscreens
Environmental Working Group has put out an updated Guide to Sunscreens, and this year, they have also launched a Sun Safety campaign. The reason? Two-thirds of the sunscreens they assessed did not work well enough, or contained ingredients that are toxic. Meanwhile, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. Big… Read more »

Family Fun Festival, 5/31/14

Family Fun Festival, 5/31/14
This Saturday is the 10th Annual Free Family Fun Festival, co-sponsored by the Downtown Berkeley YMCA, the City of Berkeley, Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Dept., and BART. From 10 AM to 3 PM, check out a whole range of free games, contests, performances and activities in Civic Center park, next to our Saturday Farmers’ Market.… Read more »

Holiday Hours, Tips and Staff Picks for Gifts from the Ecology Center

Holiday Hours, Tips and Staff Picks for Gifts from the Ecology Center
Our Store, Farmers’ Market, Farm Fresh Choice and Recycling all have special holiday schedules in the next few weeks. Farm Fresh Choice and the Farmers’ Market will be closed between 12/23/13 and 1/1/14. Recycling will not be running pick up service on 12/25/13, and 1/1/14 but will resume Thursday, 12/26/13 – Saturday, 12/28/13, and Thursday,… Read more »

Go Bug-Free and Healthy with Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Bug Repellents

Go Bug-Free and Healthy with Environmental Working Group's Guide to Bug Repellents
Staff at our Info Desk recommend the Environmental Working Group’s resources for providing accurate information on healthy choices for products and foods. EWG’s latest resource is a guide on bug repellents, to help adults, kids and pregnant women find the most effective and least toxic choice to avoid mosquitos and ticks. The first step for… Read more »

Explore the West Berkeley Design Loop, Saturday, 7/20/13

Explore the West Berkeley Design Loop, Saturday, 7/20/13
Get in the Loop! Did you know West Berkeley has the highest concentration of independent, home improvement businesses in the Bay Area? On Saturday, July 20th, these merchants invite you to explore the West Berkeley Design Loop, and participate in free DIY workshops. Enter a sweepstakes at each of the 20 participating stores (including the… Read more »