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Home Depot Raises The Bar On Hazard Avoidance - New Chemical Strategy Is An Important Step Towards Healthier Product Options

Bill Walsh | October 25, 2017

Home Depot today announced a chemical hazard avoidance policy that will prohibit numerous toxic chemicals in paints, carpeting, flooring and fiberglass insulation products. The Home Depot Chemical Strategy, included in its 2017 Responsibility Report, targets a range of chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer, mimic and disrupt hormone systems,...

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Perkins + Will Adds Antimicrobial Products to Precautionary List

Bill Walsh | March 01, 2017

Following the lead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and other credible institutions, the global architectural firm of Perkins+Will is placing Products Marketed as Antimicrobial on its Precautionary List. The firm's decision was made after an exhaustive review of available information about the use...

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FDA Rule Casts More Doubt On Anti-Microbial Building Products

Bill Walsh | September 07, 2016

Last Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new regulation that bans 19 antimicrobial chemicals, including triclosan and triclocarban, used in hand soaps. [1] restricted substance list, to help building industry professionals avoid these chemicals in building products. During the nearly 40 years [3] Independent investi...

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From NIMBY to Now in Everyone’s Backyard

James Vallette | June 23, 2016

When one waste disposal option closes, another inevitably opens.  A half-century ago, the federal government started regulating solid wastes and preventing rampant dumping in the woods, ocean, and unlined dumps. Then the so-called Not-In-My-Backyard (NIMBY) movement of the 1970s and 1980s prevented scores of landfills and incinerators from bei...

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Risky Business: Undermining the LEED Material Credit

Tom Lent | May 25, 2016

They did it again. The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has pushed another greenwashing credit option into LEED. The new [1] represents perhaps the most audacious effort to date by the ACC to neutralize LEED’s leadership in improving material health in building products. The Credit ignores some of the highest concern chemical hazards (includi...

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Take Action for Healthier Building Materials

Tom Lent | March 30, 2016

The Healthy Building Network just posted two articles in our Pharos Signal blog asking readers to take specific actions that can really help bring healthier materials into building products.

In the first, "HBN Partnering with Cradle to Cradle for Hazard Screening," I invite you to take a look at the latest exciting feature of our Cradle...

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Chemicals Without Harm: Policies For A Sustainable World

Bill Walsh | October 02, 2015

Ken Geiser's Book Tour October Events

Monday, October 5, 6:00-8:00 Parsons School of Design, The New School, L105 University Center 65 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York

Monday, October 13, 11:45-12:50 Santa Clara University, Benson Parlor B 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA

Tuesday, October 20, 2:00-3:00 UC Berkeley, 775 Tan, Univ...

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Home Depot Will Eliminate Phthalates from Vinyl Flooring

Bill Walsh | April 22, 2015

Home Depot, the world’s largest purchaser of building products, announced today that by the end of this year it will eliminate phthalate plasticizers from the vinyl flooring it sells. Phthalates are endocrine disrupting chemicals that have been banned in children’s products since 2008 but are still widely used in a wide range of vinyl p...

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New SFI Standards Still Fail To Protect Forests

Bill Walsh | February 09, 2015

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has released its newly revised 2015-2019 Standards and Rules. Promoted as an “important advancement,” the revised standards appear to do little to address the longstanding complaints of leading environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Friends of the Ear...

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