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HBN Blog category: Newsletter

The High Cost of Cheap PVC

Bill Walsh | September 2018 Newsletter

Healthier, more sustainable alternatives have a hard time competing with a PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic industry that is not held accountable for the costs of its environmental and human health impacts. These costs are paid by people like Delma and Christine Bennet, of Mossville, LA.

Learn more about the implications of chlorine as a feedstock in plastics in our Chlorine and Building Materials report.

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HBN Blog category: Newsletter

Vote For An HBN Greenbuild Session by July 13th!

Bill Walsh | July 2018 Newsletter

This year, Greenbuild has created a People’s Voice track, and HBN has proposed a session that we hope will earn your vote: the first conference presentation of our forthcoming global inventory of chlorine and PVC production.


 

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HBN Blog category: Newsletter

Retailers Showing Leadership In Driving Healthier Building Materials

Bill Walsh | July 2018 Newsletter

Building product retailers, such as Home Depot and Lowe’s, are showing welcome leadership in the drive toward healthier building materials. Their efforts are important both in scale, which could change the national supply chain, and scope, as these retailers are offering healthier products in all market segments, including lower priced items.

 

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HBN Blog category: Materials

The New Challenge For Lead-Free Schools

Bill Walsh | April 04, 2018

To mark National Public Health Week (April 2-6, 2018) national experts in education, childcare, and children's health today issued a joint call to get the lead out of schools and childcare facilities. Their report, Eliminating Lead Risks in Schools and Child Care Facilities, is the first to set strategic priorities for reducing lead exposure to the more than 66 million children enrolled in schools and child care programs.

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HBN Blog category: Policies

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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HBN Blog category: Materials

Vinyl Building Products Drive Asbestos Use In USA

Bill Walsh | March 22, 2017

New research from the Healthy Building Network (HBN) documents how vinyl building products, also known as PVC or polyvinylchloride plastic, are the number one driver of asbestos use in the US. These findings were presented to the US EPA last week in a technical report written by HBN Research Director Jim Vallette on behalf of three public health gr...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

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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HBN Blog category: Materials

PVC’s Asbestos & Mercury Problems

Bill Walsh | October 03, 2016

For those of you attending Greenbuild this week, I cordially invite you to my Wednesday morning panel, https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/74303/000119312512463608/d436170dex991.htm. [2] According to IHS Markit, "A majority of chlor-alkali capacity is built to supply feedstock for ethylene dichloride (EDC) production. EDC is then used to m...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

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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