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  1. How safe is BPA

    How safe is BPA

    Campbell's Soup has announced recently that it will stop using bisphenol-A (BPA) in the linings of its cans, despite the FDA continuing to allow its use. This is an exciting achievement for consumers for a number of reasons.
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  2. How to recognise gluten intolerance and simple things you can do about it

    How to recognise gluten intolerance and simple things you can do about it

    Dr. Helen Smith shares her tips and advice for anyone wondering if they might have a gluten related health problem or who simply wishes to avoid gluten in their diet.
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  3. Product spotlight: foaming goodness

    Product spotlight: foaming goodness

    You don't need to wet your hands before using the hand wash, the foam they make is light on your hands and easy to spread as you rub your hands together, so they're not as wasteful as some soaps that slide right off as soon as you put your hands under running water.
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  4. Luscious orange cake recipe

    Luscious orange cake recipe

    Vani Sripathy is a home baker extraordinaire and this recipe for an exceptional orange cake is truly tried and tested. It's a lovely way to use up any extra seasonal oranges and it's also a great keeper (except it's too delicious to keep for long!)
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  5. Warding off the winter flu - advice from Dr Helen Smith

    Warding off the winter flu - advice from Dr Helen Smith

    Although it's still pretty common to see people in short sleeves in Auckland, the colder temperatures around the country have kept a lot of people at home with the flu. I thought that was a good reason to share this great advice on natural foods, vitamins and herbs to help you stay healthy from Dr. Helen Smith.
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  6. Our hero Julie Chapman, founder and CEO of KidsCan

    Our hero Julie Chapman, founder and CEO of KidsCan

    For someone who is doing extraordinary things, Julie Chapman says she leads a relatively ordinary life with her partner Cain, her stepdaughter Elise and their 3 dogs and 5 cats.
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  7. Bee-friendly sprays for your garden

    Bee-friendly sprays for your garden

    If you're a gardener you might already know about neonicotinoids and the effect they're thought to be having on bees.
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  8. Nasty chemical of the month: benzalkonium chloride

    Nasty chemical of the month: benzalkonium chloride

    Benzalkonium chloride is an antibacterial chemical that's added to household cleaners and cosmetic products because it kills germs, but that's not all it does. It also has the potential to cause skin and eye irritation and is highly toxic to aquatic organisms, which is a problem as it's often washed down drains
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  9. Six things you can do to help save our bees

    Six things you can do to help save our bees

    August is Bee Aware month in New Zealand and there's no better time to highlight the life-threatening problems currently facing these beautiful little creatures.
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  10. How much does it really cost to clean your dishes with ecostore

    How much does it really cost to clean your dishes with ecostore

    New Zealand consumer advocacy group, Consumer recently put eight Auto Dishwasher Tablets to the test to find out which brands offered better performance and value.
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