Environmental Health Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Do Flame Retardants Prevent Fires?

    Do Flame Retardants Prevent Fires?

    According to the peer reviewed paper, Flame Retardants in Furniture Foam: Benefits and Risks, the California standard TB117 has not been shown to improve fire safety and is thus presenting an unnecessary health hazard.

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  • How Are We Exposed to Flame Retardants?

    How Are We Exposed to Flame Retardants?

    For many chemicals, diet is the primary concern. Not so for most flame retardant chemicals. But how are we exposed?

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  • Who is Most Vulnerable to the Impact of Flame Retardants?

    Who is Most Vulnerable to the Impact of Flame Retardants?

    Flame retardants, including Chlorinate Tris, Firemaster 550, and PentaBDE, are found in the foam inside upholstered furniture in order to meet California regulations — the must be able to withstand exposure to a small flame, like a candle or cigarette lighter, for 12 seconds without igniting. But these chemicals don’t stay inside the foam. They […]

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  • What’s the Problem with Flame Retardants?

    What’s the Problem with Flame Retardants?

    Flame retardants, applied to the foam inside 80% of upholstered furniture in the United States, may not save lives. In fact, during a fire they will burn in seconds and give off the toxic gases that are the major cause of fire deaths.   They are used due to a California standard called Technical Bulletin 117, […]

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  • Tending the Garden Within

    Tending the Garden Within

    One of my favorite gardening activities is digging potatoes. Rich soil hides delicious, nutritious gems like the ones in the image above from our garden.

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  • A Model Home

    A Model Home

    Being a mom makes you see the world in a new light. We want to make the world a better place for our children. And often that starts with the home. Many of us don’t realize that the very chemicals we use to clean our homes can actually harm us. In fact, many chemicals have […]

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  • Jessica Capshaw for Moms Clean Air Force

    Jessica Capshaw for Moms Clean Air Force

    I’ll admit it. I’m addicted to Grey’s Anatomy. My dad was a surgeon, and as a kid I really wanted to go to medical school when I grew up. But I couldn’t even get through premed. Advanced calculus undid me.  Now I get my medical thrills from TV.

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  • Raffi

    Raffi, Moms Clean Air Force, Mother Love & Regulations

    Recently, the musician/philosopher Raffi visited us online at Moms Clean Air Force and left a generous, kind, enthusiastic vote of confidence about our work. We were thrilled. Raffi’s music was as much a part of my children’s lives as any book we shared. Raffi says our kids are “Beluga Grads“.

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  • Julianne Moore for Moms Clean Air Force

    Julianne Moore for Moms Clean Air Force

    The generosity–and genuine concern–of moms never ceases to amaze me. Out of the blue I wrote to Julianne Moore, knowing she is an activist mom, asking her if she would help us spread the word about the connection between toxic air pollution and children’s health.

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  • Why I’m Fighting for Clean Air

    Why I’m Fighting for Clean Air

    I’m what you might call an Older Mom. I’m 55, and my kids are in their twenties.  I guess they’re now officially “adult children”, out of the house and living on their own. But you know what? Once a mom, always a mom. I still worry about them.

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