Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Air Quality in Cars: Ventilate your Car – Roll down the Windows!

July 9, 2013 3 comments

Love the smell of a new car?  Before you take another deep breath, before you buckle in your newborn baby, or before you tell your kids to get in the car, think about the chemicals they will be breathing in and absorbing into their bodies.  The air quality in a car that has been “baking” in the sun (especially during the hot summer) will always be far worse than the air you breathe outside.

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Does BPA free or Phthalates free mean it’s Safe?

December 20, 2012 2 comments

BPA Free does not mean Safe

We have seen numerous ads ranging from plastic baby bottles to plastic containers claiming that they are BPA free and phthalates free.  Although this may be a good sign, it is definitely misleading to the consumer.  The real question that should be in the minds of consumers is this: Do plastic products advertising that they are BPA free or phthalates free mean that they are also “safe” from hormonal activity? Read more…

My Bottled Water Tastes Like Plastic

December 10, 2012 14 comments

Have you ever opened a brand of bottled water that you normally drink and found on a particular occasion that it tasted like plastic?

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Are Optical Brighteners in Baby’s Clothing Safe?

May 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Cloth diaper, hand mitts and handkerchiefs glowing due to FWAs under black light.

There has been an increasing boom for the use of cloth diapers for our babies.  The main reasons behind this movement is due to environmental reasons, for the health of our babies and for some economic reasons.  The average baby may use up to 3000 to 4000 disposable diapers in their first two years of life.   Converting this to money at a price of 25 cents per diaper leads to about 750~ 1000 dollars.  There are some arguments on both sides whether cloth diapering is truly economical considering that cloth diapering requires a little more dedication in washing the cloth diapers which in turn require the mother’s/father’s time; expenses for detergents, water, electricity/gas for the washing machine etc.  A few also have arguments in the carbon footprints section but we will leave that up to the other pundits and focus on safety. Read more…

FWAs – a Gateway to other Clothing Chemicals

May 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Fluorescent Whitening Agents (FWAs) also known as “optical brighteners” are gateways to other clothing chemicals as cigarette smoking a gateway to illegal drug use.  FWAs are not biodegradable and relatively non-toxic compared to other more harmful chemicals that are used prior to the processing of fabrics and clothes.

This post will be dedicated to help consumers identify clothes which contain flourescent whitening agents (FWAs).  Identifying FWAs are the easiest method for consumers to determine whether the clothes you buy are truly organic or not.  Secondly, there is high probability that if FWAs are used, then other chemicals have been used in making your clothes.  Consumers cannot determine from just the outside appearance whether clothes have been treated with other chemicals such as formaldehyde, perfluorooctace sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorooctanoate (PFOA), bromines, other chemical processes and finishes.  Determination of those chemicals require a much more expensive and sophisticated machinery. Read more…