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PVC Softeners Used In Building Products Cited As Health Concern In Autos

Margie Kelly | February 07, 2006

A new report finds that the "new car smell" contains dangerous levels of volatile organic compounds, including phthalates, which are used to soften plastics, particularly PVC. According to a new report issued by the Michigan-based Ecology Center, Toxic at Any Speed: Chemicals in Cars & the Need for Safe Alternatives, [1] cars expose p...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

New Study Finds Vinyl Plasticizers a Major Contaminant in Household Dust

Margie Kelly | March 22, 2005

Chemicals From Common Products Create "Toxic Cocktail" in Homes Toxic chemicals common to home furnishings and electronic equipment have been found in household dust, including chemicals internationally recognized as harmful or toxic to the immune and reproductive systems; babies and young children are particularly at risk from exposure....

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