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“The Big Three” in Green Home Renovation

Editor’s Note: This post about green home renovations is written by Christie Tyreus, Marin Residential Designer. Christie Tyreus’ Bay Area design studio creates renovations that are as sustainable as they are stylish, with creative solutions that address how families live today. Christie, who holds a master’s degree in architecture, has lectured at Philadelphia University on Sustainable Building …

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What You Need to Know About the New Fire Retardant Law

This past month, Governor Jerry Brown announced a change to California’s fire retardant laws.  In short, the new laws are designed to reduce (and possibly eliminate) the amount of fire retardant chemicals added to upholstered furniture, including juvenile furniture.  But before we get into what this change means for consumers, let’s talk about what fire …

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Everything You Need to Know to Find Truly Safe Cutting Boards

You have probably heard about triclosan, a toxic chemical that interferes with our hormone system, pollutes water, and does not easily break down in the environment. You probably know that triclosan is used in soap. But do you know that it may be found in so-called safe cutting boards? Do you want to learn about …

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Easy Steps to Take to Avoid Carcinogenic Flame Retardants in Upholstered Furniture

Toxic flame retardants in upholstered furniture have been a hot topic lately because they cause an array of health problems, from decreased memory and thyroid problems to birth defects and cancer. A lot of people have heard about the problems associated with flame retardants but there are many unanswered questions, such as where and why they are …

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