Your couch may be killing you

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Flame retardants can add dangerous chemicals to your home. And a new study proves that couches are full of ’em. Since the 1970s, chemical flame retardants have been added to the cushions of upholstered furniture, such as couches. It’s long been understood that these chemicals are bad for humans , having been linked to birth defects and cancer. Read Full Story

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How to stay engaged with your work, even when you feel like checking out

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Here’s how to fight the allure of sinking into the couch and staying in your pajamas all day. As the pandemic and a flurry of current events wears on, so does work. You’re stressed, exhausted, and overwhelmed. You’re eager for this to be over. There are certainly days when you’d like to just lay on the couch, but still your company and team need you and you have to find a way to engage. Read Full Story

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Sweetgreen is rolling out compostable bowls without any ‘forever chemicals’

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Compostable packaging took a hit when it was discovered that they contained chemicals that would last forever in the soil. Now there’s a better, cleaner solution. The new compostable to-go bowls at Sweetgreen’s San Francisco restaurant are missing something: They don’t contain PFAS, or perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, the so-called “forever chemicals” that are used in nonstick pans, flame retardants, and also in most of the molded fiber food packages that have become ubiquitous in healthy fast-casual chains , despite the sustainable appearance of those containers. Read Full Story

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The best slippers, slides, and shoes for lounging around the house

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The comfiest, coziest, most practical footwear for inside your house—and maybe occasionally outside too. We’re more than a month into the new norm of working from our kitchen tables and couches, trading button-downs for what basically count as daytime pajamas , and living in joggers and leggings . And there is one essential piece of quarantine uniform that is crucial for keeping feet warm and comfy whether you’re on the couch or taking a spin around the block: house shoes. House shoes are more than your average slipper. They’re comfy but never sloppy. And despite their name, house shoes can handle a quick trip to the backyard or a walk around the block. If you aren’t wearing house shoes yet—or you aren’t totally in love with the pair you have on right now (assuming—probably correctly—that you are at home)—we’ve got some suggestions for you. Read Full Story

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How to lead your team productively during a crisis

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Effective leadership is about decision-making, but it’s also about communication and logistics. As COVID-19 has spread, many aspects of our working lives have changed. Some of us wear masks and face shields; some join meetings from our couches ; others juggle conference calls and toddler nap times . Read Full Story

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Farts, cats, naked bodies: People are failing hilariously at working from home

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Heroes, all of you! As COVID-19 has spread across the globe, businesses have prudently shut down offices and moved millions of employees from corporate desks to their domestic couches. Many of us are quarantined in too-small spaces, often with our children, hopping on Zoom meetings like everything is business as usual. And it kind of is, until your kid inevitably runs into the room, cutting off your boss mid-sentence, shouting, “Poo poo!” Read Full Story

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We’re in the midst of a massive work-from-home experiment. What if it works?

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While much of the news is scary, I’ve found a silver thread of hope in this pandemic: What if this is our chance to prove remote work, well, works? Life has changed enormously over the course of a few short weeks. Schools are closed, some cities have curfews, and more Americans than ever before are crawling out of bed and dialing into conference calls from their couch. Read Full Story

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Bearaby’s new ombre-hued weighted blankets are a burst of summer

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This limited-edition collaboration will make you think of popsicles by the beach when you’re curled up in the winter. It’s been a strange summer, as most of us have been homebound. So we’ve clung to simple pleasures, like cosy afternoon naps on the couch and fruit pops in the freezer. In a quirky collaboration, two brands have created a collection of popsicle-inspired weighted blankets that will allow us to bring the joys of summer with us as the colder months arrive. Read Full Story

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This company is trying to make trampoline desks happen

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Sitting desk? Standing desk? How about striking the right work-bounce balance? For many people who suddenly had to switch to remote work, the one-year work-from-home anniversary is coming up fast. A year in, workers are still trying to figure out the best home-office setup. Some of us have graduated from couch to desk. Others, concerned about too much sitting, switched to standing desks. But one company says even standing is not enough to combat our sedentary lifestyles. The solution? Trampolines, apparently. Read Full Story

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