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The documentary Stink! that was shown last week got us thinking about how we can eliminate chemicals in our homes. 

Today, we live in a technological synthetic society. We are surrounded by chemicals everywhere, many of which are not good for the health of humans, animals or the environment.

The folks at Naturepedic Organic Mattress Gallery here in town shared some of the following information about toxins in our homes.

The home can be particularly harmful as far as chemical exposure is concerned. Our homes are sealed environments which amplifies exposures to any chemicals present. We spend so much time living, eating, and sleeping in our homes. Controlling what we bring into our homes is the best way to make our home a safer healthier environment.

The home contains all kinds of chemical substances that are mixed into consumer products during the manufacturing process. Examples of these chemicals are:

  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

    • VOCs are found in furniture, couches, mattresses, plastics, building materials, carpeting, cosmetics, shampoos, paints, and more

      • VOC exposure has been associated with cancer, birth defects, respiratory irritation, headaches and more

  • Flame Retardant Chemicals (FRs)

    • FRs are found in almost all consumer products including clothing, furniture, mattresses, plastics, memory foams, toys and more

      • FR exposure has been associated with cancer, reproductive & development damage, thyroid disfunction and more

  • Per-fluorinated Chemicals (PFCs)

    • PFCs are waterproofing and stain-resistance agents. They are found in many consumer products including mattresses, carpeting, clothing, furniture fabrics and more

      • PFC exposure has been associated with reduced immune system function, multiple organ damage, developmental problems and more

  • Phthalates

    • Phthalates are chemicals used to soften plastics, such as found in vinyl mattress covers, and as fragrances in cosmetics and cleaning products

      • Phthalate exposure has been associated with reduced fertility, increased risk of breast cancer, allergies, asthma and more

  • Lead

    • Lead is a toxic heavy metal and found in a few cosmetics, paints, and textile products and more

      • Lead exposure is associated with reproductive and developmental harm; muscle disorders; organ problems

When purchasing consumer product to bring into your home, make sure that you are not bringing in toxic chemicals. To do this you need to educate yourself and make healthier choices as to which products and which brands you purchase. Every product group mentioned has a corresponding alternative available from companies that strive to reduce and/or eliminate toxic chemicals in their products. 

There are MANY suggestions that came from the Stink! film — click here — such as when buying skin care products (skin being our largest organ), try the Environmental Working Group’s useful Skin Guide or their household cleaning guide here.

Many products on the market use terms like “organic” or “non-toxic” or “eco-friendly” or “natural” to advertise their products. More often than not, these words are unsubstantiated claims. The only way to know is to check the validity of the claim through objective sources, i.e. certifications and lab testing proof.

Feel free to email us at info@SustainableWellesley.com with your thoughts on this topic and suggestions on reducing toxins in your home.

 

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Wellesley’s Natural Resources Commission (NRC) is asking residents to educate themselves about their lawn care practices, and encouraging everyone to eliminate pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers from their yards.

 

Click here to watch a video produced by Wellesley Media and the Town Communications & Project Manager highlighting the Town’s ongoing efforts to protect the environment and public health from the dangers of toxic chemicals.

The NRC has also contacted our state legislators asking their support of House Bill 776 – An Act empowering towns and cities to protect residents and the environment from harmful pesticides. Read the letter here and encourage your senators and representatives to support this legislation.

Kelly Caiazzo

It’s back! Sustainable Wellesley’s popular dinner & documentary evenings at the Wellesley Free Library are returning on April 9th, 2019 and May 21st 2019.

Join Sustainable Wellesley for Dinner and a Movie!

Movie nights will take place in the Wakelin Room at the Wellesley Free Library and are free and open to the public, with dinner served! Registration Required.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and screenings start at 6:45 p.m. Following each film will be a 5-10 minute presentation of resources related to the documentary topic.

Tuesday, April 9th, Before The Flood a film about possible solutions to the dangers of climate changeRSVP for April 9th.

Tuesday, May 21st, Stink! a film about carcinogenic chemicals in everyday products and how to make better choices.  RSVP for May 21st.

This event is gratefully co-sponsored by the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission.

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