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Cleaning should be about fighting grime, not fighting for your health. The problem: a lot of popular cleaning products can impact your indoor air quality through a group of chemicals called volatile organic compounds – or VOCs for short, Environmental Defence research has shown.
If there’s anything that will take away from the joy of a glorious summer, it’s those buzzing, biting, and sometimes disease-spreading insects.
This two-page guide provides tips and information on precautions you can take to stay bug-free, and the most effective ingredients found in insect repellent, to help you determine your best bug repelling strategy.
You slather on sunscreen to prevent getting burned by the sun. But, are you getting burned by toxic sunscreen and misleading labels? Just when you thought you were being safe and wise by using sunscreen, you could be exposing yourself to nasty, cancer-causing chemicals, or using a product that doesn’t protect you from the worst effects of sun exposure.
This two-page guide provides tips to help you choose sunscreen that won’t harm your health and will protect you from the sun.
During their work day, salon professionals use a number of products – from shampoo and hair dye to nail polish and makeup – which may contain toxic chemicals. These chemicals can affect their health and the environment.
This one-page guide provides practical and easy steps to help create a toxic-free workplace at a salon, PDF, 2.0 MB.
Triclosan is a synthetic antimicrobial/antibacterial agent whose use has become widespread in toothpastes and mouthwashes, deodorants, cosmetics, fabrics, plastics and other products. Increasing levels of triclosan in people and the environment have been linked to several negative health effects.
This two page report explains the current concerns with this antimicrobial and discusses alternatives. PDF, 208K
Canadians put toxics on their skin every day from the products they use. Cancer-causing, hormone-disrupting, and allergy-inducing substances can be found in many Canadian products.
Find out more about how these substance affect you, and where to find safer alternatives. Here's a guide of the top 10 ingredients to avoid to help when you are shopping.
Top-selling perfumes and colognes were found to contain a dozen or more
secret chemicals not listed on labels, multiple chemicals that can trigger
allergic reactions or disrupt hormones, and many substances that have not
been assessed for safety by the beauty industry’s self-policing review
panels. This four page report explores some the research Environmental Defence has done on the safety of fragrances for sale in Canada.
PDF, 172 K
This two page report explains Bisphenol A, how people are exposed, the health implications of BPA exposure and what Canadians can do to help.
Revised May 2010. PDF, 136K
This scorecard reviews how leading packaged food companies are responding to increased consumer and investor concern about BPA. Seeking Safer Packaging ranks companies on three factors: 1) efforts to find and implement alternatives to BPA, 2) plans to phase out BPA in products for which alternatives exist, and 3) transparency on the issue.
The scorecard is accompanied by an introduction to health concerns linked to BPA exposure, the changing regulatory climate related to BPA, and studies of companies that have voluntarily removed the chemical from their products.
Going back to school often means stocking up on a fresh batch of school supplies for the year ahead. What many parents and students don’t realize is that most common school supplies are made with toxic chemicals – but luckily there are safer alternatives.
If you haven’t yet finished your back to school shopping read on below for tips on less toxic school supplies. Keep these tips in mind as you refresh office and school supplies throughout the year.
Vinyl shower curtains and other vinyl products are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Other chemicals such as phthalates (see below) are added to PVC to make it soft or give it other practical characteristics. This two page report looks at the risks of PVC in vinyl shower curtains and other products, and has tips on how to limit your exposure.
Bisphenol A is a hormone disruptor found in some 90-95 per cent of plastic baby bottles in Canada. Bisphenol A is used to make polycarbonate plastics — the clear or tinted, hard plastic used to make popular baby bottle brands and reusable water bottles, including some Nalgene bottles, as well as the lining of some food and drink containers and dental sealants. This two page report explains the risks of BPA in baby bottles, and lists suppliers of safe, BPA-free bottles for your baby.
This one page guide to common dangerous chemicals in your home is subtitled "Helping you avoid toxic chemicals". PDF, 110K
This two page guide from Environmental Defence gives ten tips on how to avoid common sources of toxics in and around your home. PDF, 1.6Mb
Canadians are exposed to harmful chemicals everyday through commonly used products in their homes. Luckily, there are safe alternatives to many toxic products. Download and read through the toxic-free home checklist to find out how you can reduce your household's exposure to harmful chemicals. PDF, 172K
This five page guide looks at common artists' materials, explains the hazards of their use, and discusses safe alternatives. PDF, 256K.
This is your guide to the safest ways to protect you and your family from bothersome, and sometimes dangerous, bug bites.
Spring has sprung, and the time has come to pop the windows open and clean away winter’s dust and grime. Before you reach into the cabinet under your sink, consider the ingredients in your cleaning products, and make sur e you’re not replacing that dust and grime with chemical pollutants