Have you applied lipstick, eaten canned food or drunk water or juice from a plastic bottle today? Maybe you’ve spritzed some cleaning products around your home or eaten pizza out of a box? Nope? Okay, how about walked on a carpet? Used a smartphone? Eaten ice cream from a tub? Slapped on sunscreen? Painted a wall?
If you’ve done any of these things, then the likelihood is that you’ve ingested PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), otherwise known as “forever chemicals”.
The Secret Toxins Hiding in Plain Sight
It doesn’t stop there. These highly dangerous chemicals are everywhere in modern life. No kidding. PFAS make things shiny, waterproof, non-stick, stronger, stain resistant and able to withstand corrosion. They …
August is National Water Quality Awareness Month. You’re probably already aware that our tap water is in a state of crisis: with new stories breaking every day about how bad things really are, it’s time to firm up a few facts.
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan was far from an isolated set of unfortunate circumstances. In 2014, the decision was taken to switch the city water supply from the established Detroit water system to the Flint River, which was known to contain sewage, chemicals and other toxic elements.
Raw river water was to be temporarily – and inadequately – treated in the disused, out-of-date local plant, before flowing into houses, schools and businesses across the city.
Deadly Lead Exposure
Flow it did, complete with toxic containments, industrial effluents – and lead. Flint residents – including thousands of children – drank, cooked in and washed with the unsafe, brown water until activists and worried parents succeeded in dragging …
The statistics are mind-boggling. While officials and politicians attempt to oscillate between publicly minimizing the risk and attempting to deal with it, more Americans carry on drinking contaminated water.
With its finger firmly on the pulse, Todd Haynes’ film Dark Waters opened just before Thanksgiving. It lays bare the story of a lawyer representing a cattle farmer from Parkersburg, West Virginia; who …
It’s here…that time of year when we look to our less healthy habits and try to quit them, or at least improve them where possible!
Let’s Get This Detox Started!
One popular way of kick-starting a new, healthy approach is by detoxing. For some, detoxing is giving up one or two things – alcohol for example – and for others, it’s about cleansing your system and heading into the New Year feeling refreshed and healthier.
While a few people favor an extreme approach to detoxing, for most of us, that’s not practical or desirable. Much more realistic is our simple, 3-point version that will enable you to carry …
By now, most of you have sent your children back to school. You’ve done all of your school shopping and bought new school bags and lunchboxes. However, did you know that many school supplies contain PVC, also known as vinyl plastic? Did you also know that PVC is the most toxic plastic for children’s health and the environment? The levels of phthalates found in certain children’s school supplies would be illegal if these products were toys!
The Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) has created the sixth annual “Back to School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies.” This guide lists the most common back-to-school supplies made out of PVC. We would like to share …