Monthly Archives: September 2008

Safer, Non-Toxic Laundry

The Problems Laundry products like scented detergents and fabric softeners are blamed for many symptoms including dizziness, breathlessness, asthma attacks, fatigue, bowel symptoms, joint pain, rashes, mood changes and learning problems. Have you noticed how they’ve become stronger and more … Continue reading

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Breathing Easier in the Basement: Humidity, Mold, Solvents and Laundry

When I was growing up, the basement was a place to store stuff we didn’t want to look at as well as a place where we kids could hang out, away from the ears and eyes of parents. Well, since … Continue reading

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Safer Carpets, Flooring and Sofas

What’s Off-Gassing? In a typical living room, building products and furniture can be the biggest sources of off-gassing, a process during which VOC’s (volatile organic compounds). Volatile Organic Compounds The term “organic compounds” covers all chemicals containing carbon and hydrogen. … Continue reading

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Environmental Working Group Answers “What is Fragrance?”

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Freshen the Air without Harmful Chemicals

It’s About Health, Not a Preference Think of a pleasant odor that makes you say, “Ahhh” and it’s likely to be a food or floral smell or one relating to a memory from youth. Scents can enhance our lives but … Continue reading

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Non-Toxic Mattresses and What’s in Flame Retardants

Restorative sleep is important for health and wellness. Do you know what you’re sleeping on? Have you ever wondered if materials in sleep products have been tested for their effects on human health? For those wanting to avoid harmful chemicals, … Continue reading

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Wood or Woodlike? About Particleboard

Take wood fibres of various sizes and spray with a resin/adhesive containing urea formaldehyde. Voila, you get particleboard, plywood and fibreboard found in many homes. In the bedroom, especially, where we spend so much restorative time healthwise, is this a … Continue reading

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