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Banned cancer-causing fire retardant still in use

Posted by NonToxic House on July 14, 2008

Fire retardants are designed to protect you and your family – and that’s good – but there are growing concerns over some of them.

This week, for instance, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  ran a story indicating that a flame retardant called “chlorinated tris” –  which was banned from use in children’s pajamas more than 30 years ago after it was found to cause cancer – is being used with increasing regularity in furniture, paint – even baby carriers and bassinets – and manufacturers are under no obligation to let the public know about it.

Chlorinated Tris is meant to make products like upholstered furniture and mattresses safer by preventing them from catching fire. But the Journal Sentinel‘s story leaves many wondering which is the bigger risk: a potential fire or the product meant to minimize it?

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Safer lawns and gardens

Posted by NonToxic House on July 1, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t wait until your kids are rolling in the grass or digging in your tomato beds to rethink your lawn and garden strategy. In fact, research suggests that it’s something to consider before the little ones even come along.

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safeSWAP: paint

Posted by NonToxic House on April 28, 2008

Your decision to paint the nursery should include more than a color choice. It should also consider the amount of VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, in your paint (don’t let the term “organic” fool you – this is one instance when it’s not a good thing).

VOCs are solvents that are released into the air as paint dries. Some of these chemicals have short term health effects like dizziness or ear/nose/throat irritation, while others are highly toxic to both mom and developing baby.

That’s why paint is today’s safeSWAP. Read on after the jump.

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Tupperware identifies plastics with BPA in its product line

Posted by NonToxic House on April 24, 2008

We think it took quite a bit of consumer prodding after the news of bisphenol-A  hit, but we’re thrilled that Tupperware has released a chart that identifies the types of plastics used in its product line. A link to the chart is posted after the jump.

 

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safeSWAP: powder cleansers

Posted by NonToxic House on April 22, 2008

I think bisphenol-A just might be the tipping point. The trigger that’ll make us look more closely at the products we bring into our homes.

Sure, there’s been a green movement of late – consumer products can have a negative impact on the environment. But there’s growing realization that they can have a negative impact on our health as well. And that’s more personal – and, as a result, more pressing. 

Now, most people simply can’t detox their homes overnight. And powder cleansers seem as good a place to start as any – so they’re today’s safeSWAP.

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Eden Foods’ line of canned beans is BPA free

Posted by NonToxic House on April 22, 2008

The Environmental Working Group found that canned foods (including infant formula) pose the greatest risk of leaching bisphenol-A. But there’s news of one food brand, at least, the has some of its product line in cans that are BPA free.

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Beyond polycarbonates: #3 and #6 plastics also pose risk

Posted by NonToxic House on April 21, 2008

Plastic food and beverage containers have good qualities: They’re convenient, lightweight and typically low cost. But, as we heard this week with bisphenol-A, there are potential health risks in their use. Developing babies and young children are at greatest risk.

And while the spotlight is currently on polycarbonate – a #7 plastic – there are other types with documented health risks. Here’s a quick primer on the plastics to watch out for:

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Rubbermaid identifies BPA in food/beverage containers

Posted by NonToxic House on April 19, 2008

Though limited to just a “Contains BPA” or “Does Not Contain BPA” categorization, Rubbermaid has posted a page on its website that identifies products in its collection that contain bisphenol A.

And while it’s not as transparent as we’d hope – we’d prefer a list of the types of plastic used in each product – it’s a step forward. Not sure whether phthalates, another group of chemicals in plastics causing health concerns, are in Rubbermaid products … more to come, I guess.

In the meantime, if you use Rubbermaid food storage or other food and beverage containers, head to your kitchen and compare your stash with Rubbermaid’s list of products with BPA.

Make informed choices.

[Photo: Rubbermaid’s Produce Saver, which falls under the “Does Not Contain BPA” category]

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Playtex releases ‘materials chart’ detailing BPA in baby products

Posted by NonToxic House on April 19, 2008

In a bold move toward transparency, Playtex Infant Care has made a product materials chart (a PDF document) available for its entire product line. The document details the type of plastics used in its bottles, pacifiers, sippy cups, dishware and breast pumps. 

While the chart does reveal a few products containing bisphenol A (those made of polycarbonate, a #7 plastic), it indicates that the majority of Playtex’s product line is BPA-free (and free of phthalates, another group of toxic chemicals in plastics). The company says it will convert the balance of those products to BPA-free by year’s end.

FREE SAMPLE: The company also says it will distribute 1 million free samples of its Playtex Drop-Ins Oringal Nurser System, which is BPA-free. Click here to submit a request (caveat: I’m sure you’ll be added to their email marketing list).

 [Photo: Playtex’s Baby Einstein eat & discover utensils, made of polypropylene (#5), which is BPA-free]

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BPA concern greater in canned goods (sorry, Chef Boyardee)

Posted by NonToxic House on April 17, 2008

This week’s study by the National Toxicology Program put the spotlight on the potential health risks of BPA. But it seems everyone has latched onto the (polycarbonate) baby bottle connection and overlooked the fact that the lining of food and beverage cans (including infant formula) incorporate BPA-embedded plastic as well.

In fact, according to the Environmental Working Group, canned foods are thought to be the predominate route of BPA exposure, and instances in the womb and during early childhood hold particular risk. In some instances, a single exposure contained enough BPA to bring a woman or infant to levels more than 200 times the government’s traditional safe level for industrial chemicals.

In light of that, it would surely be prudent to avoid, as best as possible, canned goods. Read on for some alternatives to consider:

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