Get your “Ingredi-On” with Healthy Habits!

This past June, we at the Human Impacts Institute made our first foray into the corporate world– but not on Wall Street. Executive Director Tara Deporte worked with our New Jersey neighbors at Ingredion, Inc., to plan a day of employee education in sustainable home practices. Ingredion, a national company specializing in creating modified starches, decided to devote a day to life-long employee learning. HII provided the environmental expertise, and Ingredion employees came ready to learn (and also win some great prizes).

Tara DePorte, Founder and Executive Director of HII, lead two workshops. The first workshop, Organic Vs. Local, challenged employees to think about where food comes from and what we really want to feed ourselves and our families. Tackling issues like food labeling, public health, and environmental impacts of conventional agriculture, employees learned how to navigate their local grocery store as well as their local CSA or farmers market. The second workshop, Non-Toxic Spaces, asked employees to think about what impacts everyday household cleaners could have on one’s health and the environment. Employees were able to look up their cleaner-of-choice on the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning, an online database rating cleaners based on the toxicity of ingredients and company transparency. Did you know that scored an A rating? Who knew! At the end of the day, workshop attendees entered a raffle in hopes of winning some great prizes, such as A-rated cleaning kits and compost from HII’s own hometown of Brooklyn, New York.

Wish you could have attended either of these workshops? We have video highlights of the key components of the workshop available to you here: HII Non-Toxic Cleaners Workshop Video and HII Organic Vs. Local Workshop. To make improvements in your own consumption habits, contact us at or stay tuned for upcoming workshops and events.

By Tess Clark, Development Manager

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