Archive for October, 2010

Safety of BPA Becomes Intense Scientific Dispute

Published: 29 October 2010
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to “New Scientist,” the safe dosage of bisphenol A (BPA) is still furiously contested in what has become an intense scientific dispute. Lab studies using rats and mice exposed to high doses of BPA failed to show measurable effects on key aspects of reproductive development, function and behavior. However, other studies of rodents continue […]


PVC Vinyl Shower Curtains Raise Health Concerns

Published: 28 October 2010
Category: Phthalates

The “Miami Herald” reports PVC vinyl shower curtains may contain phthalates, linked to a myriad of health concerns, along with a slew of other toxic chemicals that can easily off-gas in a hot and steamy bathroom and pollute the air in your home. There are numerous alternatives to vinyl shower curtains that are made from […]


11.15.10 Is America Recycles Day!

Published: 27 October 2010
Category: Recycling

Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. Join Keep America Beautiful and take the pledge to recycle and share it with […]


Tips For A Safe And Green Halloween

Published: 26 October 2010
Category: Phthalates, Uncategorized

“The Baltimore Sun” offers tips for a safe Halloween for you and your family. They suggest making your own homemade makeup and avoiding colored hair spray that may expose you and others to toxic chemicals. Plastic masks, teeth or lips may be made with phthalates and other chemicals so it is best to avoid those […]


Multnomah County Bans Purchasing Bottled Water

Published: 25 October 2010
Category: Recycling, Sustainability

The “Portland Tribune” reports the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners voted to ban the purchase of bottled water with county funds. County Commissioner Barbara Willer, who sponsored the resolution, called it both a cost-saving and environmental protection measure.

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Researchers Say PET Is Not Sustainable

Published: 22 October 2010
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Sustainability

According to “Science 2.0,” polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is the third most common synthetic polymer with the key aromatic component being derived from petroleum or natural gas. There is a concern that these fossil sources may be running out in the not too distant future.

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When It Comes To Recycling, Not All Boxes Are The Same

Published: 21 October 2010
Category: Recycling, Sustainability

According to“,” the quality of paper and materials added to optimize boxes for consumer use affect their recyclability. Milk and juice cartons are lined with low-density polyethylene (LDPE, or #4 plastic) to help insulate the liquid inside and some cases, there is also a lining of aluminum foil, making it a more difficult separation process. […]


Wal-Mart Pledges To Reduce Its Environmental Footprint

Published: 20 October 2010
Category: Sustainability

The “Wall Street Journal” reports Wal-Mart stores Inc. has pledged to dramatically boost the locally grown produce it purchases from small farmers in the U.S. and abroad over the next five years. In its efforts to reduce their environmental footprint, the retail giant has focused its efforts primarily on global agriculture. Wal-Mart devised its goals […]


Tips to Green Your Halloween

Published: 19 October 2010
Category: Recycling, Sustainability, Uncategorized

The Environmental Working Group offers ten ways to make Halloween a healthy holiday for you and the environment. Their tips include: burning eco-friendly candles – if at all, offering natural treats and decorating naturally with pumpkins and gourds.

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Scientists Warn The Chemical Found In Every Day Containers May Cause Prostate Cancer

Published: 18 October 2010
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

“UK News” reports new findings from scientists link bisphenol A (BPA) to prostate cancer. Levels of the chemical typically found in humans may not only damage the prostate, but also make it inflamed, creating ideal conditions for the disease to develop. Gwynne Lyons, director of the Chemicals, Health and Environment Monitoring Trust, said, “This is […]