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A New Batch of Chinese Toys Are Pulled From Shelves

A New Batch of Chinese Toys Are Pulled From Shelves

Another recall of potentially dangerous toys manufactured in China is raising more questions about America's trade relationship with the world's leading exporter of cheap consumer goods. Aqua Dots, which rank on Wal-Mart's list of top 12 Christmas toys, have been found to react chemically when swallowed. The product of this reaction is GHB, also known as "the date rape drug."

November 8, 2007

Another Toy Recall: Is It Time to Boycott Chinese-made Toys?

Another Toy Recall: Is It Time to Boycott Chinese-made Toys?

On November 7, Aqua Dots, a popular toy in the U.S., was recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after two children had fallen into comas from swallowing individual beads.  An Australian biochemist found that a well-known ‘date rape’ drug was one of the ingredients in the coating.  Aqua Dots are made in China, which following on the footsteps of recent recalls due to dangerous levels of lead in children’s toys made in China, has many consumers asking an important question: should consumers boycott all toys made in China until they know their children are safe?

November 8, 2007

Household Cleaners Linked to Adult Asthma

Household Cleaners Linked to Adult Asthma

A nine-year study of 3,500 adults published in The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, suggests that weekly use of cleaning sprays can increase the risk of developing adult asthma by as much as 50 percent. Air fresheners, furniture cleaners and glass cleaners were found to have the greatest effect.

November 7, 2007

The Great Diaper Debate: Not Just Disposable Versus Cloth

The Great Diaper Debate: Not Just Disposable Versus Cloth

Americans use more than 50 million diapers every day, which has led to heated debates over the merits, costs, and environmental impact of disposable and cloth diapers.  A new product called gDiapers (g is for ‘green’) may eventually become an important factor as a hybrid solution to a contentious debate.

November 7, 2007

Landscape Architects Release 200 Ways-Report for Architects, Planners to Eco Service

Landscape Architects Release 200 Ways-Report for Architects, Planners to Eco Service

Landscapers, who literally design and dig with nature’s chlorophyll green every day, are placing stepping stones toward the greater architecture design community adopting eco-sustainability. On November 2, 2007, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) unveiled a report intended to instruct architects, designers and facility managers on specific ways (and thresholds) they can craft their buildings into natural ecological fits, sustainability, mitigating pollution and climate change effects.

November 3, 2007

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