Due to the increasing numbers of people with allergies and sensitivities to, and injuries from VOCs and other fragrance ingredients, there is a growing need for fully verified fragrance-free supply chains.
Many of us need products and foods handled in such a way from beginning to end, as to prevent first, second and third hand fragrance and other chemical contamination.
Organic food that has been handled by someone with scented hand lotion, or that has sat in a store full of fragrance molecules will absorb those chemicals, and potentially be as toxic as food that has pesticide residues (for people who must, for medical and health reasons, avoid petrochemical exposures). Clothing, bedding toilet paper and other materials also absorb fragrances, which can be hard (if not impossible) to remove.
This presents a business opportunity for entrepreneurs, to provide a service for people whose health depends on it, as well as for those who wish to prevent health problems.
Posted in Accessibility, Environmental Health, Food, Health, Human Rights
Tagged allergies, business opportunity, contamination, electronics, Food, fragrance chemicals, fragrance-free, precaution, supply chain, VOCs
Did you know that there can be massive amounts of highly toxic pesticides used in the shipping containers, especially when products and materials are shipped over seas?
In a world where recycling is being encouraged, this presents some potentially serious problems that aren’t being widely discussed. Some things have simply not been designed to be reused, and recycling toxic materials just spreads the contamination further afield, causing low level poisoning and some kinds of chronic health problems.
The trend to build all kinds of indoor furniture and garden beds out of pallets is quite troubling. The pallets used in these containers would also have absorbed the pesticides and be unsafe for re-use. This article describes other issues with pallets.
Screen shot from google image search of reused pallets
Note potentially hazardous furniture for children and food use
Converting shipping containers into homes is another big trend (see below).
The following documentary depicts some serious problems related to clothing (as well as some other items that were shipped long distances) when saturated with health harming levels of pesticides. Manufacturing issues are also examined in this video.
Posted in Environmental Health, Fashion, Green Building, Housing, Pesticides
Tagged chemicals in clothing, contamination, documentary, health, pesticide contamination, pesticides in pallets, Shipping container, shipping containers, sustainability, toxic chemicals, toxic pallets, toxic textiles