Teflon: Strong Indications That It’s Toxic

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Teflon contains a toxic chemical called C8 or PFOA which has been linked to cancer and birth defects in animals. Its effects have never been formally tested on humans. The chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid, is a soaplike material. It is used to make many widely used products, such as non-stick cookware, fast food containers, clothing, Gortex […]

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Not Very Meta-Efficient: Plastics

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Plastics are not very meta-efficient. They are toxic to all forms of life, they don’t biodegrade. Practically all the plastic that’s even been made still exists – either in landfills or in places like the ocean. There are other materials that can often substitute for plastic such as ceramics or rubber. Bioplastic is also become […]

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Chloramine

Recently, municipalities around the world have begun to use chloramine (a mixture of chlorine and ammonia) to disinfect water. This is done to reduce free chlorine’s ability to combine with organic matter in the water thereby producing potentially harmful trihalomethanes, or THMs. Because chloramine has less disinfecting ability than free chlorine, a higher concentration of […]

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Chemicals Commonly Polluting Indoor Air

Formaldehyde Formaldehyde is a ubiquitous chemical found in virtually all indoor environments. The major sources which have been reported and publicized include urea-formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI) and particle board or pressed wood products used in manufacturing of the office furniture bought today. It is used in consumer paper products which have been treated with UF […]

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Best and Worst: Personal Care Products

The Environmental Working Group has produced a list of the Best and Worst Personal Care Products. They have a huge Searchable Product Guide of harmful chemicals found in personal care products. The report is extensive and very well organized. You can search by ingredient, product name or product category.

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