Environmental Health Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Refrigerator Storage

    From Bakeware to Blenders — Getting the Plastic Out of the Kitchen

    As I wrote yesterday, it’s impossible for us to know which plastics are absolutely safe to eat or drink from because plastics manufacturers do not disclose the chemicals added to their plastic products. So instead of taking a chance, I avoid plastic in the kitchen. I’ve replaced nearly all of my kitchen plastic with plastic-free […]

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  • Are There Any Safe Plastics

    Are There Any Safe Plastics?

    Which plastics are safe to eat or drink from? Or to give our children? If you Google “which plastics are safe?”, you’ll find lots of articles on the Internet explaining the resin identification codes (the little numbers 1 – 7 in the “chasing arrows” triangle on the bottom of a plastic item) and which ones […]

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    Top 10 Tips to Reduce Your Plastic Footprint

    Why should we reduce our plastic use? Isn’t that what recycling is for? Actually, recycling is the last of the 3 R’s — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – because it’s meant to be the last step, a way to deal with the plastic that we can’t avoid after reducing as much as possible. Why? Well, unfortunately, […]

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  • Photo by Beth Terry. Kahuku Point, the northern most tip of Oahu, on Coastal Cleanup Day, September, 2013.

Plastic continuously washes ashore from out in the ocean because of the nature of the currents. Cleaning it up is a Sisyphean task.

    Why Go Plastic-Free?

    Photo by Beth Terry. Kahuku Point, the northern most tip of Oahu, on Coastal Cleanup Day, September, 2013. Plastic continuously washes ashore from out in the ocean because of the nature of the currents. Cleaning it up is a Sisyphean task. Could one photo change the course of your life forever? That’s what happened to me six years ago. […]

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  • Young girl sits on a sofa in a furniture store.

    The Questionable Safety of Replacement Fire Retardants

      Several years ago, a class of fire retardant chemicals known as PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, were phased out of consumer products because of toxicity concerns. Scientific tests showed that these chemicals were persistent in the environment, accumulated in peoples’ bodies and could disturb endocrine signaling pathways critical for normal development. Research also indicated […]

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  • Photo by Kelly Taylor

    EWG-Duke Study Finds Children Have Higher Exposures to Toxic Fire Retardants

      When fire retardants known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, were pulled off the U.S. market due to toxicity concerns, public health advocates hoped they would be replaced with safer alternatives. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Scientists at the Environmental Working Group and Duke University recently released an analysis of children’s exposure to TDCIPP, a […]

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  • Toddler sitting in a sand, pouring sand into a pail

    The Polluted Playground – Keeping Kids Safe in a Toxic World

    From the food our families eat, to the sand our kids play in we are surrounded by pesticides, chemicals, genetically modified food, and environmental pollutants. Part of protecting our families is simply just knowing the risks, how we are affected and what we can do to protect ourselves against our polluted playground. As most any […]

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  • I Was Wrong About the Environment

    I Was Wrong about the Environment

    Time and again the magic begins the same way. Sperm and egg come together to create an absolutely unique cell. Then this cell divides to create two identical cells., These cells divide, and divide again, and divide again. At first all the cells are the same, but something changes. Soon the cells become different from […]

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  • How Safe is your Water

    How Safe is your Water?

    What would you do if you woke up one morning and the water coming from your tap was poisoned? You wouldn’t be able to drink, cook or bathe in it. That was the reality for over 100,000 families in West Virginia in early January. Over 7,500 gallons of a chemical called 4-methylcyclohexane methanol leaked from […]

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  • Pediatricians vs Chemical Industry

    Pediatricians vs. Chemical Industry

    Who should Congress listen to as they craft laws to regulate toxic chemicals? There is nothing more important than protecting our children’s health. The majority of parents know that when it comes decisions about their children, trained pediatricians, physicians and medical institutions know a thing or two about how the body works. The last six […]

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