A new breed of cleaner, healthier organic hotels are a breath of fresh air

The more I scrutinise the behind-the-scenes practices of hotels, the more I want to retrain as a toxicologist. I may not wear a lab coat to work or have post-nominal letters, but I am a geek when it comes to thinking about the link between our exposure to chemicals when we travel and physical and cognitive health. It’s definitely time we upped the conversation around the hosts sidestepping chemicals when it comes to their gardens, groceries and their great-looking interiors. How deeply do we think about what’s making the toiletries so perfumed, whether the pillows are infused with flame-retardant PBDEs, or if that Instagram-perfect pool is overloaded with chlorine?

Praise be for the growing number of holistically minded hoteliers. Pesticides and parabens are the tip of the xenobiotic iceberg. It’s not just sud-making sodium laureth sulfate to skip in the shower, but also phthalates, often used to thicken lotions and

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The 6 Best Humidifiers to Keep You Breathing Easy During Quarantine

Moisture in the air has been shown to slow the spread of influenza, and scientists believe that trick may work with the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 as well. Lower humidity levels not only allow coughs and other virus-containing droplets to travel farther, they tend to dry out the nose, airways, and eyes, potentially reducing their ability to keep harmful particles out. And if you do get sick, adding a little moisture to the air in your home is sure to help relieve symptoms.

These six humidifiers offer an option for virtually every taste and budget, including models that diffuse scents, kill bacteria with UV lights, and work without electricity. Just remember to keep yours hygienic by replacing the water inside every day, cleaning the water tank regularly, and using distilled water to avoid a buildup of minerals.

The sleek Objecto W4 Hybrid Humidifier
The sleek Objecto W4 Hybrid Humidifier

It’s hard to find electronics that look

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Famous Foodies Are Auctioning Their Time in Support of Immigrant Workers

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the country and force businesses to shut down, among the hardest hit are immigrant workers—many of whom worked in the restaurant or other service industries. Now, they are left with no jobs and no unemployment benefits, struggling to put food on their plates and send money home to their families, while fearing getting sick without any support from the government.

In an effort to help them, dozens of famous chefs—including Alison Roman, Nancy Silverton, Tom Colicchio, Eric Ripert, Suzanne Goin, and Dominique Ansel—are auctioning off 30-minute virtual discussions where they will share recipes and cooking tips via a new initiative called Ask Chefs Anything. New York City’s ended last week, Los Angeles’s auction is going on now through May 11, and Philadelphia’s takes place May 13 to 17, with more cities to follow.

“Honestly, in our business there is nothing

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Get the vibes right in your home with this modern LED light that’s on sale

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It features 60 built-in LEDs.
It features 60 built-in LEDs.

Image:  TheoryHome

TL;DR: Set the mood in any room with the TheoryLamp Circular LED Light for $99.99, a 33% savings as of May 6.


Lighting is everything. Seriously, ask any professional designer. It’s a key ingredient when it comes to decorating, not a second thought.

While you probably can’t overhaul your entire home right now to get the lighting you want, you’ve still got options. Like the TheoryLamp Circular LED Light, for example. The first in a series of LED lighting products by TheoryHome, this sleek, circular lamp will give you the perfect lighting, no matter the location. (It’s also on sale.)

Excellent for night reading, lighting up your living room, enhancing a

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