Archive - November 2010

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Is Indoor Air Quality at School Affecting Your Child’s Health or Performance?
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The Ubiquitous Bisphenol A – Should I Be Worried About It?
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Why Are Phthalates Still a Big Deal – Wasn’t the Consumer Product Safety Act Ban Enough to Protect Our Kids?
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Going Green without Becoming an Expert

Is Indoor Air Quality at School Affecting Your Child’s Health or Performance?

If you’ve been diligent about indoor air quality at home and are concerned about the air quality at your child’s school, the American Lung Association has teamed up with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to give you the tools you need to help clean it up. Why is indoor air quality an issue? According to the EPA: “Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a critical component of providing a healthy and comfortable learning environment. Indoor air pollutants may cause or contribute to short- and long-term health problems including asthma, respiratory tract infection and disease, allergic reactions, headaches, nasal congestion, eye and skin irritations, coughing, sneezing, fatigue, dizziness, and nausea. In addition, indoor air pollutants and extremes in temperature and humidity may cause discomfort, which can affect students’ ability to concentrate and learn.” Obviously, indoor air quality can have a serious effect on your child’s health, as well as their school performance. In fact, it makes you wonder how many learning disability[…]

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The Ubiquitous Bisphenol A – Should I Be Worried About It?

Bisphenol A (BPA) is currently the subject of many articles, blogs, news reports and scientific studies. Several countries have already banned BPA in some children’s products, as have some states in the U.S. Is BPA exposure really something you should be worried about? In fact, it is. Exposure to BPA is almost inevitable. Plastic infant bottles Canned foods, including infant formula – the BPA is in the epoxy resin lining of the cans Water bottles – usually those marked with a “7” on the bottom Plastic food storage containers and packaging That’s not to say that BPA is found only in food-related items – it’s also in CDs, hard plastic toys, cell phones, computers, and a host of other products. But, currently, experts believe that the primary entrance point of BPA into the body is through food, water (BPA-laden epoxy resins even line some water supply pipes), and food or drink containers and packaging. The BPA leaches into the food[…]

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Why Are Phthalates Still a Big Deal – Wasn’t the Consumer Product Safety Act Ban Enough to Protect Our Kids?

“Imagine a child sitting in his classroom, gazing through the window at the rain. He picks up his pencil and chews distractedly on the eraser at its top. Chemicals, classed in Europe as “toxic to reproduction,” dissolve in his saliva and enter his body.” The above quote is from an article about a new study on phthalates, the chemicals in the eraser and thousands of other products we use everyday. Phthalates are dangerous chemicals, and they’re toxic to reproduction no matter what your country or continent. They were banned by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission nearly two years ago (and in Europe 1999) in certain children articles and toys. So, if they were banned, why are we still writing about them in both Europe and North America? Why are they still the subject of testing? Why did 140 environmental groups band together to release a new study about these chemicals? Only a few phthalates were banned; there are plenty[…]

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Going Green without Becoming an Expert

When you first take on the subject of toxic chemicals, as a layman, it can be extremely confusing. There is so much information and so many dangerous chemicals in our immediate environment, it makes you just want to stay in the closet all day. And that’s assuming your closet wasn’t recently redecorated with off-gassing paint, isn’t filled with the formaldehyde used in no-iron, wash and wear clothes, and so on. Really, it can be overwhelming. In fact, it’s not. Believe it or not, it’s quite simple. In fact, a better approach – rather than learning EVERYTHING that isn’t good for you, is probably to learn everything that IS. Here are things to look for on labels – some are things you want to look for, and some are things you want to avoid. Wood Cotton Linen Hemp Silk Organic anything (assuming the label fully discloses all information and isn’t just referring to a small percentage of the ingredients/product and so[…]

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