chemicals

  • 10,000 Reasons

    Typical household paint contains up to 10,000 chemicals! Many of those are proven to be toxic and some even have links to cancer. Many of the most harmful chemicals are called volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. VOCs are unstable, carbon-containing compounds that readily  vaporize into the air.

    Avoid VOCs.
  • Is Your Veggie Burger Toxic?

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    Vegetarians and chemical-shunning consumers take note: Many popular brands of soy burgers may contain the chemical hexane, a known neurotoxin and classified air pollutant, according to a recent study conducted by the sustainable and organic agriculture nonprofit Cornucopia Institute.

  • Is Your Hand Sanitizer Safe?

    As runny noses run amok and swine flu fears multiply, medical professionals urge us to zap illness-causing bacteria by washing our hands regularly. But what happens when you’re stuck in an elevator full of sneezers with nary a sink in sight? More and more people are opting for hand sanitizers.

    By Vicky Uhland
  • Faux Naturale?

    The green revolution has hit the beauty aisle: Sales of natural and organic skincare topped $600 million in 2008, according to market research firm Mintel. Now many mainstream cosmetic companies want a piece of the green pie—and several have begun to dig in.

    As Big Beauty goes green, here’s how to tell who’s really cleaning up their act.
    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • Pretty Ugly

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    Get this: While the European Union has banned over 1,100 ingredients from cosmetics, the United States has blacklisted only 10. That’s a jaw-dropping difference, if you ask me. So what gives? Are our chaps across the pond overly cautious in weeding out potentially harmful chemicals or is America taking a slack approach to nixing major health hazards?

  • 3 Ways to Relieve Kids' Eczema

    New research published in the journal Pediatrics found that eczema is on the rise in children. To calm the dry, itchy patches of skin and frequent rashes that can result from this condition:

    1. Get your child to drink more water, since well-hydrated skin itches less. As a rule, kids should get an ounce of fluid per pound of body weight per day.

    By Meghan Rabbitt