Protecting the Most Vulnerable When Selecting Safer Alternatives

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 in What's on My Mind | 0 comments

EPHC’s Principal, Dr. Ann Blake, worked with Sally Edwards at the University of Massachusetts Lowell,  Veena Singla at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Kathryn Alcantar at Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE) on a report focusing on how to protect vulnerable populations in the process of selecting safer alternatives. The report is now available at NRDC’s website. EPHC adds its thanks to the...

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Safer Alternatives in the Philippines

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 in What's on My Mind | 0 comments

Dr. Ann Blake recently visited the Philippines, presenting on topics related to safer alternatives to toxic chemicals in consumer products and green chemistry. Dr. Blake was in Manila at the invitation of the EcoWaste Coalition, a member of the International POPS Elimination Network (IPEN), dedicated to creating a toxic free future globally. EcoWaste Coalition is a public interest network of community, church, school, environmental and health...

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Berkeley’s Greener Solutions Class Solves Industrial Chemical Challenges

Posted on May 16, 2017 in What's on My Mind | 0 comments

In a recent article on, Meg Schwarzman, Associate Director of the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry asks, “How could the laccase enzyme found in plants and fungi help Levi Strauss & Co. keep a sharp crease in their brand of wrinkle-free khakis?” It’s one replacement for formaldehyde in permanent press fabrics investigated by an interdisciplinary group of University of California, Berkeley graduate students taking...

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1.7 million children a year lost to preventable pollution

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 in What's on My Mind | 0 comments

Two new reports from the World Health Organization highlight the continuing global impact of inadequate sanitation and high levels of air pollution to the world’s children. Every year, says the WHO, indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, and inadequate hygiene take the lives of 1.7 million children under 5 years old, accounting for more than 25% of childhood deaths. “A polluted...

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How to Make a Safer Can Lining: Valspar’s BPA Alternative

Posted on Mar 6, 2017 in What's on My Mind | 0 comments

EPHC has been writing about both chemical and material problems and innovative solutions for some time. In this blog, we explore what happens when a company focuses on human health concerns of an existing material and incorporates that information into R&D for a safer alternative. In January 2017, independent researchers published a paper showing that Valspar’s new alternative to BPA can linings does not show estrogenic activity....

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