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Resources for making healthy choices

chicken-peck-webAs we all strive to make decisions to bring hope and healing to Earth community, here are some resources suggested by staff members at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence.

This website connects people looking for good food with the farmers who produce it. It is a directory listing more than 30,000 family farms and farmers markets, along with restaurants and grocery stores that feature local food. Search by entering your zip code in the search box to learn what small farms are in your area.

This website is an online community where crafters, artists and makers sell their handmade and vintage goods and craft supplies. If you’re looking for something unique and handmade to buy or an avenue to sell what you make, you’ll love Etsy.

Skin Deep Cosmetics Database is part of the Environmental Working Group website that provides health and beauty product ratings and news about animal testing. There’s also a “Living Corner” link to guides for healthy cleaning, natural vs. artificial flavors in foods, food additives, low calorie sweeteners, pesticides in produce, healthy food choices, food choices on a tight budget, and more.

Another resource for cosmetics is the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program. Learn about cruelty-free standards and the internationally recognized Leaping Bunny logo for companies producing cosmetic, personal care, and household products. The Leaping Bunny Program provides the best assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers.

(This article originally appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of HOPE magazine.)

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Lorrie Heber

Lorrie Heber is the director of White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence. You can find her on Twitter at @LorrieHeber.

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