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Sensor detects toxins leaching from plastic

A new device created by two engineers at Massey University is able to “detect synthetic compounds that leach from plastic food packaging into the contained food or beverage.” Dr. Asif Zia and Professor Subhas Mukhopadhyay created a device capable of quantifying various… Continue Reading

Contaminating Our Bodies With Everyday Products

It seems as though on a weekly basis we are learning more and more about the dangers of certain toxic chemicals. These are chemicals that have been linked to “prostate cancer, genital deformities, obesity, diabetes and infertility.” Yet, companies that that have… Continue Reading

Deregulating toxic air chemicals a major shift

Despite steps taken by states and the federal government, one state (and particular city) is about to get a lot more toxic. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is proposing “deregulation of some 500 chemicals would pack a potent punch in Detroit…”… Continue Reading

How Paint Poisons Us and How to Avoid It

Before too long, 2015 will be gone and 2016 will be here. And with a New Year, often comes New Year’s resolutions. One popular resolution is to make changes to the home, and this often includes painting one or more rooms. And… Continue Reading

Some 3-D Printed Parts May Leach Toxic Chemicals

In the last few years 3-D printing has become all the rage. 3-D printers are getting smaller, cheaper, and better. The ability to 3-D print replacement car parts, prosthetics, and even organs is a huge step for science and technology. Unfortunately, it… Continue Reading

This Ingredient Looks Scary - But Has Some Pretty Great Uses

Activated charcoal is listed as one of our Green Light Ingredients. It’s an ingredient that’s used in personal care products, cosmetics, and some household cleaning products. Activated charcoal is charcoal “that’s been mixed with oxygen to become especially absorbent…” Its use… Continue Reading

Schumer warns against toxic chemicals in Halloween makeup

Halloween is an exciting holiday for many families, especially children. We all remember getting dressed up in our favorite costumes, trick-or-treating, and attending Halloween parties. But today there are serious concerns about some of the products used for kids’ costumes, specifically the… Continue Reading

Fracking Chemicals May Mess With Hormones, Lower Sperm Counts

A new study has linked issues with long-term reproductive health to chemicals used during “oil and natural gas production, including fracking.” Fracking is a process by which “companies use a mix of pressurized water, sand and chemicals to unlock hydrocarbon reserves deep in… Continue Reading

A $60 billion industry is shockingly unregulated

In the United States, FDA is in charge of overseeing cosmetics. Unfortunately, unlike prescription drugs, their oversight is minimal. Prescription drugs require FDA approval before they can be sold; no such law exists for cosmetics. The only way cosmetics are inspected by… Continue Reading

How to Make the Baby Nursery a Toxin-Free Haven in Your Home

Bringing a newborn home from the hospital for the first time should be a wonderful experience. Today though, that special event could be a dangerous one if you haven’t properly prepared the home for their arrival. A nursery is where many infants… Continue Reading

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