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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

green-tv.jpg All across the industrial sector, manufacturers are realizing that consumers are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious and are trying to keep up with green initiatives, to maintain their competitiveness in the market. I am sure some of them are doing for the sake of doing the right thing, and they deserve kudos for that.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

42551330_23c6c81bc1.jpgChicago Tribune environmental reporter Michael Hawthorne recently reported on a new study by EPA that found 1 in 5 women of child-bearing age living in coastal states are contaminated with excessive levels of the toxic chemical mercury – twice the rate for women in inland states.

Monday, September 8, 2008

postcard_finalLast week EWG published a groundbreaking study showing that levels of chemical fire retardants in the blood of 20 U.S. toddlers and preschoolers were typically three times higher than in their mothers' blood.

Friday, September 5, 2008

One of the unwritten rules of public relations is, if they’re running you out of town, get out front and say you’re leading the parade. That’s one way to read the American Chemistry Council’s assertion that it “welcomes” the Sept. 3 National Toxicology Program’s assessment of bisphenol A (BPA), an artificial sex hormone used to manufacture a vast array of plastics.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Mom and toddlerWe tested 20 mothers and their toddlers for toxic fire retardants and found that the small children typically had three times as much of these hormone-disrupting chemicals in their blood as their mothers - and much higher levels than newborns. Participant Katrina Alcorn responded this way when she learned of her child's blood levels:

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Baby Deciding what children’s products to buy these days is job enough, but it’s really only step 1 of a 2 part process. Because once you’ve logged a few hours online and debated your decision with friends and family, you’ve got to buy the thing.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Like many parents, I spent a lot of last year feeling outraged by the (literally) 45 million toy recalls, especially the lead paint. It seemed like every day I read about another contaminated children’s product. Lead is a known neurotoxin to young children that was banned 30 years ago for residential use in the U.S., yet here it was, topping my ‘avoid it’ list 30 years later. Huh?

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

postcard_final.jpgSACRAMENTO – Bowing to a deceptive, no-holds-barred campaign by the chemical industry, the California State Assembly has failed to approve a bill that would have made the state the first in the nation to remove the toxic endocrine disruptor BPA from baby bottles and children’s drinking cups.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Different countries have different responses and initiatives to respond to the global rise of fuel costs. Here in the U.S., we drill more. In Bhutan, they walk more.

The new initiative by Dr. Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho, a Bhutanese agriculture minister, is called "No Vehicle Day." It's meant to raise awareness as well as fight rising fuel cost and the increase in carbon emission.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

postcard_final.jpgThe California State Assembly has adopted first-in-the-nation legislation to ban a toxic Teflon chemical linked to a number of serious health problems, including cancer, from use in food packaging.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

choosing toothpaste for children can be complicated.Brush twice a day. Floss. Hit the dentist every year or so for a battery-powered cleaning and a once-over and voila, dental health. Pretty straightforward, huh? Not so fast, it turns out. Just finding a toothpaste this summer for the four people in my family proved to be a time-consuming affair with a bump or two in the road. Makes cleaning your 1 year-old's teeth with a wet washcloth seem e-a-s-y.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

“PoisonedThe 20th century will undoubtedly be remembered in history as the century of chemistry.

Monday, August 25, 2008

chicken_butt.jpgHey loyal Enviroblog readers,

This is my last week at EWG. I'll be around all week, and after that I'm leaving the blog in very capable hands, so don't you worry -- you'll still get quality environmental health news and tips on a regular basis. It's been a pleasure navigating the rough waters of toxics and human health with you, and I hope you've learned a thing or two. I know I have!

Monday, August 25, 2008

canada_02.jpgGreetings from California detours north of the border this week to answer criticisms of EWG by a Canadian newspaper columnist. His newspaper has (so far) refused to print the response below, so we're publishing it here.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Many fragrances contain volatile organic compounds.Many Enviroblog readers are familiar with the health concerns of undisclosed chemicals that hide under the pseudonym “fragrance” in everyday products—everything from cosmetics to cleaning supplies, not to mention laundry detergents and all those tree-shaped air fresheners. From asthma attacks to potential risk for hormonal disruption, we know that artificial perfumes are frequently nothing but a headache, quite literally so.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

baby feet palm Welcome to Enviroblog!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

waste.jpg The relationship between Europe and Africa has always been an interesting one -- for centuries, the European colonial powers destroyed their African colonies by enslaving their people, crippling their economy and stealing their natural resources. Now, decades after achieving independence, many African countries are still not able to keep pace with most of European countries. And, you guessed it, European countries take advantage of that.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Safe and healthy back to school tips Just yesterday the letter came from our new school. Excitement turned to panic as I read the list of required items to bring on the 1st day. The many purchases we must make between today and the first day got me thinking – about a lot of things (and I’ll do you the favor of skipping the school funding bit).

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Despite numerous health and consumer safety concerns, California lawmakers fell under the lobbying influence of the chemical industry and rejected the two bills that would ban chemicals from baby bottles, food containers and microwave popcorn bags.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

FDA draft assessment underestimates health risks posed by bisphenol A (BPA).By now you may have heard about the Food and Drug Administration's draft assessment of bisphenol A, which says that the known endocrine disruptor poses no health risk.