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Are VOCs Polluting Your Indoor Air?

Are VOCs Polluting Your Indoor Air?

If you’ve ever installed new carpet, repainted your bedroom, or purchased new furniture, then you have most likely – and unwittingly – introduced VOCs into your indoor environment. So what’s a VOC? It stands for volatile organic compound, and the EPA defines it as gases emitted from certain solids or liquids, such as paints, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials, furnishings, adhesives, permanent markers and more. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and long term…

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Candles and Synthetic Fragrances: More Harm Than Good

Candles and Synthetic Fragrances: More Harm Than Good

Scented candles are everywhere. They’re becoming more ubiquitous in stores both for sale and, in smaller boutiques, to create an atmosphere that’s welcoming for shoppers. They’re a popular go-to for gifts, especially for people deemed “hard to shop for”, because who doesn’t love a fragrant candle? You’ll see them in spas, travel accommodations, dorm rooms, homes, parties and work settings. They create warmth and ambiance, and if a space smells a little stale or funky, a scented candle is the first thing a…

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Off-Gassing: Common Sources That Could Be Polluting Your Home

Off-Gassing: Common Sources That Could Be Polluting Your Home

Even if you haven’t heard the term “off-gassing” there’s probably a good chance you’ve felt its effects. If you love that “new car smell” but find it gives you a massive headache, then you might’ve experienced off-gassing. If your eyes started to water when you walked into a department store or home improvement store, that too could be from off-gassing. If you just installed new cabinetry or carpet and can’t help but notice how much your nose is running, or…

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Is Your Home Having a Negative Impact On Your Health?

Is Your Home Having a Negative Impact On Your Health?

Did you know that as many as 6 out of 10 homes and buildings are actually hazardous to human health? The EPA posits that most people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, where air pollution levels are typically two to five times higher than outdoors. The primary contributors to poor indoor air quality are furnishings and building materials, which release hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. Being proactive about what products and chemicals are coming into…

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Unregulated Chemicals: What Congress and Companies Are Rallying Against — and What it Means For You

Unregulated Chemicals: What Congress and Companies Are Rallying Against — and What it Means For You

Thousands and thousands of products on the market today are made from or with chemicals. Chemicals are somewhat omnipresent, and many pose no harm to consumers; in fact, everything from touch-screen smart phones to roadways to furniture to automobiles require chemicals to be made. These very items can make our lives easier, more comfortable and more convenient. But with that comfort and convenience comes a cost. Children born in the United States today are likely to have hundreds of synthetic…

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Does Your Home or Office Have “Sick Building Syndrome”?

Does Your Home or Office Have “Sick Building Syndrome”?

If you’ve ever walked into a building and quickly found yourself experiencing a headache, or watery eyes, a runny nose or even an asthma attack, you might have just walked into a building that, according to the EPA, is actually…sick. The EPA Fact Sheet on “Sick Building Syndrome” (SBS) states the term is used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but when…

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