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Processed Foods Facts

More than 3,000 food additives — preservatives, flavorings, colors and other ingredients – are in processed foods in the United States. While each of these substances are legal to use in the US, whether or not they are safe for long-term consumption — by themselves or in combination — is a different story altogether. Many […]

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Personal Care Products: Ingredient Awareness

Over the past decade, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and their allies have analyzed hundreds of personal care products at laboratories. Their partners at Environmental Working Group have built the world’s largest database of chemicals in cosmetics, Skin Deep, which analyzes 68,000 cosmetic ingredients using definitive government, industry, and academic sources. This research indicates that […]

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Formaldehyde in Carpet/Flooring

There has been much in the news in years past about formaldehyde in carpet/flooring products. The CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute) has this to say: Formaldehyde is not used to manufacture carpet and hasn’t been for 30 years. CRI has performed comprehensive surveys of carpet mills and determined that formaldehyde is not contained in any […]

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Formaldehyde in Your Home

In the next few days we will be exploring formaldehyde in your home, primarily by examining carpet and flooring products. Formaldehyde is a compound chemical made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen that is found literally everywhere, since it occurs naturally and is synthesized for industrial use in everyday products. The list of household and […]

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15 Houseplants That Will Clear the Air in Your Home

Aloe (Aloe vera) This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more. Aloe is a smart choice for a sunny kitchen window. Beyond its air-clearing abilities, the gel inside an aloe plant can help heal cuts and burns. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) Even if […]

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Houseplants – Removing Indoor Toxins (part 1 of 2)

Common indoor plants may provide a valuable weapon in the fight against rising levels of indoor air pollution.  NASA scientists are finding them to be surprisingly useful in absorbing potentially harmful gases and cleaning the air inside homes, indoor public spaces and office buildings. The indoor pollutants that affect health are formaldehyde, Volatile Organic Compounds […]

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Soy & Paraffin Candles

Advantages of Paraffin Candles: Paraffin wax candles burn at a higher temperature than do soy candles–paraffin can be formed into candlesticks, pillars, votives and other free-standing shapes. Disadvantages of Paraffin Candles: Burning candles made from paraffin wax emit carcinogens into the air. This fast-burning wax creates a plethora of byproducts, including benzene, acetone, xylene, formaldehyde […]

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Non-Organic Fabric vs Organic Fabric – Organic Feels Good

It’s Fashionable:  Organic clothing is one way that manufacturers meet the growing interest in “eco-fashion,” notes Luz Claudio, in the journal “Environmental Health Perspectives.” Environmentally friendly clothing is now available in haute couture, as well as T-shirts, and an easy way to identify it in the absence of other standards is to choose clothes made […]

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