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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Researchers Estimate that Exposure to Hormone Disrupting Chemicals Costs 2% of US GDP

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

A recent article in the British medical journal The Lancet estimated the cost of exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the US to be greater than similar costs in Europe. Disease costs in the US were estimated at $340 billion, 2.3% of the US GDP, as compared to recent estimates of $217 billion in Europe, equivalent to 1.28% of European GDP. The research, funded by the Endocrine Society and two foundations, concluded that...

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Innovative California Material Start-Up Fights Food Waste with Food Waste

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 in What's on My Mind | 0 comments

EPHC is beginning a blog series featuring novel solutions to material concerns. We start this series in the world of food and food waste. Getting fresh produce to market and making sure it stays fresh is a challenging and expensive endeavor. An estimated 40 percent of all fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S. ends up in the trash. A lot of this produce is covered with wax, often a paraffin wax, to keep it looking as fresh as possible....

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Formaldehyde: A Known Human Carcinogen In Your Hair, Your Clothes, Your Home

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 in What's on My Mind | 0 comments

In mid-December 2016, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) sued the Food and Drug Administration for its failure to protect the public from dangers associated with popular hair straightening treatments. Formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen is expected to be produced at a volume of 52 million metric tonnes in 2017. Seventy percent of the volume of formaldehyde is used in adhesive resins for interior and...

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