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Replacing Silicone Bakeware

Last week I wrote about the toxicity of silicone and revealed that while research is still limited, studies show that silicone does leach potentially harmful chemicals into food, particularly at temperatures above 300°.  Following the precautionary principle, I...

The Toxicity of Silicone

Silicones are made from silicon, a naturally-occurring element that is abundant in sand.  However, in order to make silicon available for industrial processes, it’s heated to very high temperatures and reacted with fossil-fuel derived hydrocarbons.1 This may...

The Toxicity of Polyethylene

Polyethylene is the most widely produced commodity plastic and it is primarily used for packaging.  Some common forms of polyethylene are: Low-density polyethylene LDPE is a flexible material that is used in food storage bags, trash and grocery bags, toys, and...

The Toxicity of Polypropylene

Polypropylene is the second-most widely produced commodity plastic (after polyethylene) and it is often used in packaging and labeling. Polypropylene is very similar to polyethylene but has greater resistance to heat, which is why it is often used for food packaging...

Do Plants Really Remove VOCs from Indoor Air?

I regularly see healthy-living experts touting the use of houseplants to clean indoor air.  Unfortunately, most research does not support this claim.  I have a lot of plants in my home because I appreciate their aesthetic value.  I hope that they contribute some small...

Wet Room Floor

Question from Marilyn I’m planning to redo a bathroom with an open shower. The contractor tells me it involves some kind of hot tar layer to make the floor water proof before laying tile. Do you know of a non-toxic option that meets California code? Lisa’s...

Reading an SDS for Tile

Question from Marilyn I’ve been trying to verify content of tiles for a shower remodel. It took several days, but Daltile sent me an SDS for their 4″x4″ glossy white tile in the Restore line. I’ve been unable to get any SDS for the 4″...

Toxic Exposure Testing Kits

Question from Riley I’m on the search for reliable tests to sample exposure in my home. I have been spending a lot of time online trying to find the best most trusted companies, but that is hard these days. Wondering if you have a sought out trusted company...

Obasan Mattresses

Question from Lauren Can you tell me anything about Obasan mattresses. I read on another website that they are a great choice but haven’t been able to find much info about them otherwise however they look promising. I have been doing so much research on...

ARE TOXIC PRODUCTS HIDDEN IN YOUR HOME?

Toxic Products Don’t Always Have Warning Labels. Find Out About 3 Hidden Toxic Products That You Can Remove From Your Home Right Now.