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Ooh, That Smell

by Jim Vallette, Senior Researcher, Healthy Building Network
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  by Jim Vallette, Senior Researcher, Healthy Building Network

While researching fabrics, I recently stumbled upon a disturbing new development: companies are integrating scents into fibers, to “enhance consumer experiences.”

Low VOC Paints May Still Cause Asthma & Allergies

by Tom Lent of the Pharos Project and the Healthy Building Network
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by Tom Lent
 
Fumes from chemicals commonly used in water-based paints and solvents may be associated with substantially higher rates of asthma, stuffy noses and eczema. The Swedish/US joint study reported in Environmental Health News this week found that children sleeping in rooms with higher concentrations of propylene glycol and glycol ether compounds (PGEs) in the air were two to four times more likely to suffer symptoms.
 

Buyer Beware: Chemicals of Concern Found in Flooring & Wallcoverings

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by Tom Lent

Heavy metals and other toxic chemicals are still widespread in some types of interior finishes according to a major study of home improvement products released today. Researchers from www.HealthyStuff.org tested a wide range of national and local brand flooring and wallpaper products and discovered lead, phthalates, brominated flame retardants and a range of other chemicals linked with human health problems ranging from asthma and liver damage to reproductive problems, birth defects and autism.

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