Tag: negative health impacts.

Eco-Tip: 3 Ways to Take Your Household Cleaners from Child-Threat to Child-Safe


“Nearly 12,000 children under age 5 go to the emergency room each year because of injuries caused by household cleaning products, according to a study in today’s Pediatrics”   -USA Today article, Spray Cleaners pose poison hazards to babies, toddlers   It’s not that we set up our kitchens to poison kids. But sometimes we…

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There’s What in My Shampoo? Watch the Story of Cosmetics Video!


For many of us, comforting sensations come to mind when we think about our personal care products and how they make us feel, smell, and look.  But do you ever wonder what all those complicated ingredients listed on the back of your favorite shampoo or perfume actually are? We’ve written about this before:  All those…

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Playing Ball Just Got a Little Safer


Thanks to research and legal action by the Center for Environmental Health, millions of children who play on fields of artificial turf will no longer be exposed to potentially hazardous levels of lead. A 2008 CEH expose showing high levels of lead in many varieties of artificial turf culminated this week with legal settlements that…

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Eco-Tip of the Week: Summer Camping


Last week Caroline wrote about natural, chemical-free ways to avoid mosquitoes at home and in the wild. This got me thinking about other ways to avoid toxic chemicals while on outdoor adventures. Yes, toxic chemicals in the wild may seem like a contradiction. But campers introduce toxics into the natural environment all too often when…

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Hospitals Taking on Factory Animal Farms and the Meat-Protein Myth


Last week, an NPR story highlighted menu changes at Bay Area hospitals that have the meat industry steaming. For decades nutritionists have warned about meaty diets high in saturated fats. More recently, medical experts have warned that the meat industry’s practices of dosing animals with growth-promoting antibiotics threatens to increase the spread of diseases that…

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The World of Green Chemistry


“Today nearly everything we touch—clothing, furniture, carpeting, cabinets, light bulbs, paper, toothpaste, baby teethers, iPhones, you name it—is synthetic,”  Emily Laber-Warren states in her Scientific American article, “Green Chemistry:  Scientists Devise New ‘Benign by Design’ Drugs, Paints, Pesticides and More”. For years, the chemical industry has largely disregarded the environmental and health hazards created by…

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CEH's Christine Cordero discusses Clean Air and Good Jobs on SF Bay Area's Green 960


Christine Cordero, CEH’s Coordinator of Environmental Health and Justice, has previously written about her advocacy on behalf of Clean Air and Good Jobs on our blog. Last week, Christine was invited to discuss her important work, on “YourSuperNatural Life”, a popular greenliving website and radio show.  Listen to her discuss the real cost of buying…

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Eco-Tip of the Week: Yellow Jackets and Ants, Oh My!


Summer is here, and with it comes many of our favorite warm weather outdoor activities.  But those activities can be interrupted by the summer insects that come out in hot weather.  Yellow jackets swarm around the burgers, grilled salmon or lemonade at our weekend picnics.  And ants find any possible way to get into our…

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California’s Strawberry Field Poison Gets National Attention


You may have heard “methyl iodide” in the news over the weekend. It’s the name of the newest frighteningly toxic chemical — one that causes cancer and miscarriages — that California regulators are on the verge of approving for use on strawberry fields. Last week California Senator Dean Florez held a hearing to give the…

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Oil Cleanup? Dispersing the Myths


There has been much recent attention to BP’s use of so-called dispersants in the Gulf oil disaster. Dispersants are chemicals intended to break up the spilled oil, presumably to speed degradation and thus lessen some of the havoc the oil would otherwise wreak. But there are major drawbacks with the use of dispersants, namely: They…

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