Asbestos found in crayons, toy crime lab kits – CNN.com

Asbestos found in crayons, toy crime lab kits – CNN.com

Yikes! Why knowing what goes into the products we buy for our little ones is so important –

(CNN)The EWG Action Fund is calling for a ban on asbestos in consumer products after it found traces of the carcinogen in children’s crayons and toy crime lab kits.Four of 28 boxes of crayons tested positive for asbestos, according to the newly released report from the advocacy group. A private lab hired by the EWG Action Fund, a sister organization of the Environmental Working Group, also detected and confirmed asbestos in two of 21 toy crime lab kits it evaluated.Breathing in microscopic asbestos fibers has been linked to serious health problems, including lung disease, lung cancer and mesothelioma. The Environmental Protection Agency says exposure to asbestos only occurs when asbestos-containing material is disturbed, and when the particles become airborne.”Parents do need to be concerned about particular brands of products where asbestos was identified,” said Dr. Jerry Paulson, the former chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Environmental Health.Package labels indicated that the crayons and toys containing asbestos were made in China and imported to the United States, according to the report. Affected crayon boxes included Amscan Crayons purchased at Party City as well as Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Crayons and Saban’s Power Rangers Super Megaforce boxes purchased at Dollar Tree.

Source: Asbestos found in crayons, toy crime lab kits – CNN.com

Car seat advice from high street shops tends to be bad as two thirds can’t help properly | Daily Mail

Car seat advice from high street shops tends to be bad as two thirds can’t help properly | Daily Mail

Why it pays to check, and check again! –

When parents strap their child into a new car seat, many assume their little one is safe and sound on the road. But undercover researchers found that almost two thirds of high street stores selling the life-saving seats were unable to give basic advice on how to fit them properly. Mystery shoppers from the Good Egg Safety campaign found 53 out of 82 popular stores did not give the right advice about installing child seats, leaving parents baffled by the often intricate contraptions. Honor Byford, chairwoman of Road Safety GB, an umbrella organisation for road safety organisations, said the ‘timely’ research should help families make the right choices. She said: ‘Checking the children’s car seats needs to be on every parent’s ‘to do’ list. We know from the many enquiries that we receive from parents that they find the multitude of different car seats and types of fittings very worrying.

Source: Car seat advice from high street shops tends to be bad as two thirds can’t help properly | Daily Mail Online

The Common Cleaning Ingredient Sickening Your Household | Rodale News

The Common Cleaning Ingredient Sickening Your Household | Rodale News

We don’t use bleach for any cleaning at all anywhere on the farm! Another reason not to –

There’s no denying that bleach kills germs. But whether it’s keeping your family from getting sick may be an entirely different matter altogether. Children who live in homes cleaned with bleach may be more susceptible to respiratory and other infections, according to research published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

The researchers surveyed parents on bleach usage and rates of infections and found that children whose parents cleaned with bleach faced a 20 percent higher risk for the flu, 35 percent higher risk for tonsillitis, and 18 percent higher risk for recurrent infections in general.

Scientists believe that the linking factor is the indoor air pollution put off by bleach, saying that the airborne compounds of bleach may damage the lining of the lungs, causing inflammation, which makes it easier for germs to make children sick.

“The bleach might be fine at killing the virus on the surfaces in the home, but the bleach makes the children more susceptible to exposure to the virus, which is most likely outside the home,” says Susan Sumner, PhD, Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech.

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Even ‘green’ products may pollute indoor air – Futurity

Even ‘green’ products may pollute indoor air – Futurity

Why we never add fragrance to our products, and every ingredient is always 100% natural food-grade. The importance of knowing what goes into the products we buy –

Common products, including the ones labeled “green,” “all-natural,” “non-toxic,” and “organic,” emit a range of compounds that could harm human health and air quality, according to a new study. But most of these ingredients are not disclosed to consumers.

University of Melbourne Professor Anne Steinemann investigated and compared volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from 37 different products, such as air fresheners, cleaning products, laundry supplies, and personal care products, including those with certifications and claims of “green” and “organic.”

She tested both fragranced and fragrance-free products.

The study, published in the journal Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health, found 156 different VOCs emitted from the 37 products, with an average of 15 VOCs per product. Of these 156 VOCs, 42 are classified as toxic or hazardous under US federal laws, and each product emitted at least one of these chemicals.

The findings reveal that emissions of these air pollutants from “green” fragranced products were not significantly different from regular fragranced products.

In total, over 550 volatile ingredients were emitted from these products, but fewer than three percent were disclosed on any product label or material safety data sheet (MSDS).

“The paradox is that most of our exposure to air pollutants occurs indoors and a primary source is consumer products. But the public lacks full and accurate information on the ingredients in these products. Our indoor air environments are essentially unregulated and unmonitored,” says Steinemann, a professor of civil engineering.

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7 Things You Should Never Compost | Rodale News

7 Things You Should Never Compost | Rodale News

If you’re new to composting, seven items you should never put in your lovely compost pile! –

Contents of Vacuum Cleaner Bags

Why Avoid It: Household dust may seem innocent enough, but studies have found it’s loaded with harmful pesticide residues, flame retardants from household electronics and couches, and fake fragrance chemicals that spew from products like air fresheners and candles.

Compost This Instead: While addding household waste found in the vacuum cleaner bag to compost is a bad idea, adding waste from your yard is not. All kinds of leaves make valuable additions to any composting operation, according to Compostology 1-2-3. Shred them or run over them with a lawn mower to chop them up, speeding decomposition and helping to prevent them from sticking together into mats that resist composting. (Here are the top ways to troubleshoot common composting problems.)

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