The market for toxic plasticizers in building materials is closing.  Yesterday, a third major retailer – Menards – announced that it is following Home Depot and Lowe’s leads, and will end the use of phthalate plasticizers in its vinyl floors by the end of 2015.  This follows similar actions by the world’s largest flooring manufacturers – Mohawk and Tarkett – and a stark warning issued in the new issue of Consumer Reports. In an email reported in...

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On Earth Day my organization (StopWaste) and the Healthy Building Network published the first in a series of in-depth studies of common feedstocks found in many recycled content building products: Post-Consumer Polyvinyl Chloride in Building Products. These reports are part of a new initiative we have undertaken along with the San Francisco Department of the Environment to identify options for enhancing recycled content value, fostering longer material reuse cycles, and improving environmental...

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HBN DC Office

Recently, HBN moved our DC office down Connecticut Avenue a couple of blocks – taking over the fourth floor of a classic Dupont rowhouse.  Being on the top floor means lots of natural light from windows and skylights – and fresh air from windows that open.  It also means walking up and down many stairs, many times a day! 

Our new offices had belonged to an architecture firm.  We kept most of their workstation built-ins, and received some amazing chairs, task lighting and three-drawer pedestals, that were donated by Teknion, Humanscale, and USBI – donations that were facilitated by our stellar board members, Linda Sorrento and Penny Bonda

Thank you Linda, Penny, Teknion, Humanscale and USBI for your generous contributions to and support of HBN.