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Why you should clean like your grandmother

March 8th, 2011

Dave and Dr. Myron Wentz

When you think of the word “clean,” what do you think of? Is it the harsh, eye-watering smell from dozens of different sterilizing chemicals formulated to bring out the brightest shine and the whitest whites? Or is it the “mountain fresh” scent of detergents and dryer sheets?

Well, here’s the bad news: that mountain fresh scent has nothing to do with mountains or fresh air, and those brightly colored cleaners are harming your family almost as much as the germs you’re trying to get rid of.

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Chicago Green Festival at Navy Pier May 22-23

May 14th, 2010

Chicago-area residents will get to survey the latest green goods, listen to eco-thought leaders and snack on Fair Trade goodies at the Chicago Green Festival planned for Navy Pier on May 22-23.

The two-day event will feature more than 350 local and national green businesses, and 150 speakers at panel discussions and how-to workshops. It will include a Fair Trade, Green Home and Organic Food and Gardening pavilions as well as eco-kids activities and green refreshments such as organic beer, wine and food.

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What you need to know: Household cleaners

March 2nd, 2010

By Shermakaye Bass
Green Right Now

Not so long ago, Mr. Clean and company were considered the good guys, the go-to-gang for a deep house cleaning. But in the past several years, alarms have been sounding about chemicals used in conventional household products.

Be they phosphates, sulfates, bleach, ammonia or phenols, certain ingredients are causing strong concerns among consumer-protection groups, federal and state governments, and even a few manufacturers. Conventional wisdom now asserts that many household cleaners contain compounds that pose environmental risks and can lead to health conditions such as asthma and nerve damage, even cancer. (See our GRN guide below)

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