Non-toxic flame retardant developed that may do no harm to humans

Flame retardant

Flame retardants have been shown to have serious effects on childhood development, from as early as prenatal exposure. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are a class of brominated hydrocarbons that are used as flame retardants.

According to the EPAPBDEs are all around us in fabrics, upholstery, and polyurethane foam. Phased out over the past decade, unfortunately these toxic chemicals are still all around us. They’ve been detected in fish, surface water, and in the air. Researchers have linked them to attention deficit and impulse control problems in children. The EPA even reports that PBDEs are possible endocrine disruptors.

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Vermont Soap launches new organic deodorant

Vt Soap Logo (new)If you’ve ever read the labels of your favorite personal care products, chances are you’ve seen ingredients with names you can barely pronounce. And many aren’t either healthy or natural.

Popular brands of deodorants and antiperspirants include synthetic ingredients such as hormone disrupting fragrance, antibacterials and petrochemicals – things like propylene glycol (aka antifreeze), triclosan, phthalates, parabens, aluminum and alcohol. Many of these are creating serious problems for consumers.

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A safer, non-toxic canned air system

02 Hurricane  Canless Air System cleaning a  keyboard

The O2 Hurricane Canless Air System really is air, not canned compressed toxic chemicals

Spring has quickly morphed into summer-like weather and many of us are pulling out window and revolving fans to get them ready to stave off the coming sweltering heat. In my own efforts, I discovered that though stored well, an annoying a layer of dust had accumulated inside my fans.

Recently, I came across a device that’s saved me from my annual take-apart-and-clean-the-fans ritual.

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Licenders – a natural treatment that works

Head lice are a parasite that effects 12 million kids each year

The word lice strikes fear in the hearts of even the most fearless parent, conjuring up worries of disease and social stigma.

September was National Head Lice Awareness / Prevention Month. With kids so recently back to school, it’s time to examine the facts and effective treatments for this troubling issue. 

Lice aren’t a disease. They’re a parasite affecting over 12 million children each year, mainly kids ages 3 through 11. Lice don’t fly or jump – they crawl. They most frequently occur during summertime, in warm weather. Because kids play closely together, it’s easy for lice to spread – in playgroups, at schools, summer camps, hair salons, slumber parties, clubs, and at playgrounds.  Lice crawl from head to head, seeking a blood meal. 

And kids bring it with them to school.

If schools don’t have a screening for lice the first day, half the school could have it by October, says Adie Horowitz, President of Licenders, a New York-based company that provides screenings, lice treatment and prevention products throughout the New York tri-state area. 

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Screen Magic makes cleaning window screens easy

As spring rapidly morphs into summer, you may think spring cleaning is behind you. But one area you may not have considered – your window screens, which may not have caught your attention for quite a while – are very likely rife with dust and debris.

If the idea of cleaning your screens conjures up hours scrubbing with chemical sprays and multiple trips up and down ladders, there’s a simpler, greener alternative.

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Natural Beauty with Unearthed Paints products

Unearthed Paints use natural raw ingredients in their paints - like clay, lime, chalk and Italian marble

Here in California, spring is bustin’ out all over with blooming fruit trees, nesting birds and wildflowers everywhere. With all this come thoughts of sprucing things up and household “projects”.

Before you head to the hardware or paint store, you’ll want to check out Colorado-based Unearthed Paints and their line of natural paint products.

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The Spoonk Acupressure Massage Mat – a healthy healing alternative

Around 80 percent of adults experience some sort of back pain in their lives. Almost 50 percent experience some neck pain.

There are countless remedies to help you get relief – scads of medications including Tylenol and Ibuprofen, chiropractic adjustment and acupuncture, to name a few. All of them are valuable and can make a difference. But there’s another option that’s surprisingly simple and as effective in easing the discomfort.

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