Posted on November 11, 2013 by Debra Atlas
For many, the days of hanging clothes out on clotheslines to dry isn’t an option. It’s currently popular for clean clothes to smell like something – ostensibly as fresh sunshine or mountain streams. But it takes lots of chemicals to get that artificial scent you love.
Woolzies dryer balls are a better, greener alternative.
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Posted on July 24, 2013 by Debra Atlas
The Environmental Working Group – known for their ratings on popular sunscreens and for raising awareness about pesticides on produce and chemicals in cosmetics – has just released its new Guide to Bug Repellents.
Having read through it, it features some surprises and some useful advice. You’ll want to look through all the pages to learn what will work for you and your family. And, as they say, not everything works the same for everyone, so decide which repellent will be a good fit for you.
Good to know that the EWG is looking out for consumers. Now if the EPA and the FDA would only meet the same high standards.
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Posted on January 8, 2013 by Debra Atlas
The Snow Bully is the greener human-powered snow removal choice
Winter’s finally here with a vengeance. Being prepared for what’s yet to come is key. A relatively new device called the Snow Bully is a great defensive tool for easy snow removal.
Filed under: Green products | Tagged: air pollution, carbon footprint, environmentally-friendly, EPA, Exxon Valdez, exxon valdez disaster, gasoline, green, greenhouse gas emissions, Snow Bully, snow removal | Leave a Comment »
Posted on April 30, 2012 by Debra Atlas
Besides scratching, there's a dark side to using regular non-stick cookware
Non-stick cookware has been around since 1938. Since the 1960′s, the technology behind it has pretty much remained the same.
But there’s a dark side to non-stick cookware. Unbeknownst to consumers, it contains two seriously toxic chemicals: PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) and PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid). Classified by the EPA as a “likely human carcinogen,” manufacturers must eliminate their use by 2015.
GreenPan is a non-toxic, healthy, non-stick cookware line that offers a simple, safe alternative.
Filed under: Green products, Health concerns | Tagged: cancer, carcinogenic, CO2, EPA, ergonomic, green, GreenPan, healthy, Home Shopping Network, non-stick cookware, PFOA, PTPE, recycled, respiratory issues, technology, Thermolon, toxic chemicals, upcycled | 1 Comment »
Posted on November 16, 2011 by Debra Atlas
The Nest Learning Thermostat takes the guesswork out of programming
Programmable thermostats, while useful, can be incredibly complicated. So much so that around 90 percent of folks that have them don’t program them!
Created to be real energy savers, all the programmable thermostats on the market lost their Energy Star ratings in 2008 because, the EPA said, the devices tended to create consumer confusion and could lead to increased energy use, not savings.
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Posted on July 27, 2011 by Debra Atlas
With little fanfare or media coverage, on July 21st the U.S. Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency issued an evaluation of the EPA’s Voluntary Chemical Evaluation Program pilot – and gave the program a thumbs-down. (more…)
Filed under: Health concerns | Tagged: chemicals, Congress, environmental, EPA, health, Inspector General, pollutants, Product Stewardship, toxic, Toxic Substances Control Act | 2 Comments »
Posted on June 7, 2011 by Debra Atlas
A recent report by Media Matters, the web-based, non-profit watchdog group that analyzes and reports on conservative misinformation in the US media, shows that climate change naysayers are having the biggest say on top TV newscasts.
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Posted on December 29, 2010 by Debra Atlas
CFL’s (compact fluorescent light bulbs) contain what the Environmental Protection Agency and major retailers consider a “small amount” of powdered mercury in them.
Today, the EPA has updated their policy on how to safely deal with a broken compact fluorescent light bulb, a backhanded way of telling consumers that “small” is still toxic and dangerous.
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Posted on December 16, 2010 by Debra Atlas
After being ballyhooed in the 1980′s as a potential cause of cancer, saccharin and its salts have now been delisted from the EPA’s list of hazardous substances.
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