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Film on the impacts and risks of bottled water

April 18, 2010 Author: MAX10 Topics: ,

We all know there are a tone of independent films out there leveraging opinions. However, this short clip from the film “Bottled” an exposure of risk from drinking form plastic is worth checking out. The highlights include the discovery of toxins in different samples of bolted water and the lack of oversight in the companies that produce them. Only one person in the FDA monitors all of the bottled water in the country and they “Have other tasks as well.” Queue dramatic music…

Don’t cook with non-stick pots and pans!!!

February 11, 2010 Author: MAX10 Topics:

According to the environmental working group, the synthetic molecule polytetrafluoroetheylnene also known as Teflon releases toxic fumes at high temperatures which could potentially kill pet birds and give people “Teflon Flu” and worse… Chemicals from this family are associated with smaller birth weight in newborn babies, elevated cholesterol, abnormal thyroid hormone levels, liver inflammation and a weakened immune system. Instead of using non-stick coatings like Teflon, try using stainless steel, cast iron, glass, or enameled cast iron cookware.

Explore more at: http://www.ewg.org/healthyhometips/dangersofteflon

Shower Curtains Don’t Come Clean

January 24, 2010 Author: MAX10 Topics:

Ever notice that new shower curtain smell?  The truth is that smell is not so clean.  What you are smelling most likely is vinyl.  Vinyl shower curtains contain harmful toxins and chemicals.   This is has been shown by many reputable scientists and national independent studies*.  Vinyl shower curtains contain PVC and type of plastic that  releases volatile organ compounds, in other words poisons that hurt your internal organs.   These toxins may lead to upper respiratory irritation, liver and kidney damage, nausea, headaches and loss of coordination.   Now we know balance is essential when throwing double round house kicks!

*Check out this article for more information on vinyl shower curtain studies and consider purchasing an alternative.

http://www.chej.org/showercurtainreport/

Find more environmental information at http://www.ewg.org/

MAX10 Top 10 House Plants for Clean Air

January 21, 2010 Author: MAX10 Topics: , ,

It’s no secret, MAX10 is fond of foliage.  So what’s the best choice when inviting one of these fresh friends into your home?  Houseplants are our often-overlooked helpers in ridding the air of pollutants and toxins, counteracting outgassing and contributing to balanced internal humidity.

Find out which houseplants are our most effective allies in
keeping your household air clean and pure.

It is suggested that one plant should be allowed for approximately
10 square yards of floor space, assuming average ceiling heights
of 8 to 9 feet. This means that you need two or three plants to
contribute to good air quality in the average domestic living
room of about 20 to 25 square yards.

Research has shown that these 10 plants are the most effective
all-around in counteracting offgassed chemicals and contributing
to balanced internal humidity.

  • Areca palm
  • Reed palm
  • Dwarf date palm
  • Boston fern
  • Janet Craig dracaena
  • English ivy
  • Australian sword fern
  • Peace Lily
  • Rubber plant
  • Weeping fig

Although many plants like light, they do not all have to be placed near windows. Many indoor plants originated in the dense shade of tropical forests and have a high rate of photosynthesis. These are ideal for the home and can be placed in darker corners. When positioning plants, try to strike a balance between light and ventilation because the effect of plants on indoor air pollution appears to be reduced if they are set in a draft.

If this topic really hits home then check out “How to Grow Fresh Air” for tips on 50 houseplants that purify your home: http://www.amazon.com/How-Grow-Fresh-Air-Plants/dp/0140262431

Source:  http://www.care2.com/greenliving/top-ten-houseplants-for-cleaner-air.html