Sustainability Initiatives

Fashion United: “Textile Toxicity: What lurks in your clothes”

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Around 2.5 percent of the world’s arable land is planted with cotton, which, in turn, consumes approximately 25 percent of all the pesticides used worldwide. This is a fact which does not leave us indifferent, but rather reveals the large amount of toxic chemicals which are used day after day to manufacture our cotton textiles and garments.

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getSurrey: “New car smell is actually made up of toxic substances and gets worse in summer heat”

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The ‘new car smell’ that is an enjoyable by-product of purchasing a new vehicle may actually be causing you more harm than good, new research shows.

Researchers have found more than 275 different chemicals in the interior of cars and discovered the new car smell is really a mix of poisonous chemicals.

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Cochrane & Associates, LLC, Vinyl Chloride and Potential Exposure Concerns Discussed in New Video

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Phoenix, AZ — Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses the industrial chemical known as vinyl chloride and potential exposure concerns.

“Vinyl chloride is an important industrial chemical that is produced in large quantities as a chemical intermediate for manufacturing other products, such PVC,” said Paul Cochrane, President of Cochrane and Associates and the IAQ Video Network.  “For those who could have occupational exposures to this chemical there are potential health concerns. The National Cancer Institute states that vinyl chloride exposure is associated with an increased risk of a rare form of liver cancer, as well as brain and lung cancers, lymphoma and leukemia.”

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Contractor Magazine, IAPMO leads coalition effort urging EPA to continue funding WaterSense

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WASHINGTON — IAPMO, The High-Performance Buildings Coalition, and 61 of the nation’s leading manufacturers, associations, and professional organizations in the building industry delivered a letter Monday to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt urging continued federal funding for the highly successful WaterSenseSM program.

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The Alternative Daily: “What’s Lurking In Your Bagged Tea?”

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If you love your tea then you’re not alone. Americans drink 3.8 billion gallons of tea a year — that’s a lot of tea bags! But wait — do you really know what’s lurking inside your bagged tea? Sure, tea bags are more convenient. However, is the convenience worth risking your health? If you enjoy a good cup of brew, you need to know what else may be steeping in your cup.

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The Signal, “Clean air, contaminated soil at old Keysor site”

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The latest test results of the air wafting over the site at the former Keysor Century Corporation reveal good news and bad news. The good news is that the air at the site is clean and of no risk at all. The bad news is more than half a dozen nasty, cancer-causing chemicals including Tetrachloroethene – a chemical commonly used in dry cleaning – remain in the soil at the site and contribute to detectable amounts of volatile organic compounds trapped in the soil.

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Inside Sources, “Are Plastic Pipes for Drinking Water a Better Alternative?”

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — After the Flint, Mich. lead water crisis, cities and towns across the country are looking to replace their drinking water pipes. Many communities are looking at plastic pipes as a safe, easy, cost-effective solution. Yet, the alternatives might not be as safe as people think. Two experts detailed the possible health risks plastic pipes pose at a public meeting in Cambridge, Mass. on Tuesday.

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EPR Retail News: Packaging Innovation Part of Wegman’s Commitment to Sustainability

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With 92 stores across six states, each offering a minimum of 50,000 products, Wegmans Food Markets customers might not immediately equate the notion of “less is more” with Wegmans. But, when it comes to sustainability and the company’s commitment to reduce waste in landfills and reduce emissions, less truly is more. Packaging innovation is just one example of how the company is delivering on that commitment.

“It’s always important to remember that a food container’s number one job is to protect the food inside. It takes resources to grow that food, and fuel to bring it from the farm to the store, so we want to preserve nature’s investment in this food with containers that protect it all the way to your table,” said Jason Wadsworth, manager of sustainability for Wegmans. “Our job is to make sure packaging is functional, performs as expected, and uses materials efficiently and responsibly. That leaves plenty of opportunity for exploring ways to make packaging more sustainable.”

 

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Politic 365: “The Surprising Environmental Hazard Lurking In Your Home”

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When people talk about environmental harm, it’s natural to think of global warming, nuclear accidents, contaminants polluting our oceans and local waterways, and oil spills. But there is another great danger that is lurking much closer to home than many people realize. In fact, for some people, it’s lurking in their homes. It’s plastic pipes that carry drinking water in and wastewater out. More commonly called PVC, these pipes are made of dangerous chemicals that have harmful effects on human bodies.

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