Could Lead Poisoning Really be a Cause of Violent Crime

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It’s ridiculous – until you see the evidence. Studies between cities, states and nations show that the rise and fall in crime follows, with a roughly 20-year lag, the rise and fall in the exposure of infants to trace quantities of lead. Lead was withdrawn first from paint and then from petrol at different times in different places (beginning in the 1970s in the US in the case of petrol, and the 1990s in many parts of Europe), yet despite these different times and different circumstances, the pattern is the same: violent crime peaks around 20 years after lead pollution peaks. The crime rates in big and small cities in the US, once wildly different, have now converged, also some 20 years after the phase-out. Is it really so surprising that a highly potent nerve toxin causes behavioral change? The devastating and permanent impacts of even very low levels of lead on IQ have been known for many decades. Lead poisoning in infancy, even at very low levels, impairs the development of the brain that regulate behavior and mood. Lead poisoning is associated with attention deficit disorder, impulsiveness, aggression and, according to one paper, psychopathy. Lead is so toxic that it is unsafe at any level. For full article and links to scientific supporting papers please follow the link http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/07/violent-crime-lead-poisoning-british-export?goback=.gde_3780205_member_202294146 The most unsettling fact in all of this is the fact that millions of homes in North America still contain high levels of lead hidden under layers of paint first applied in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. That paint for the first time is starting to degrade creating a new peak in lead exposure. Government agencies can not keep up with the reports of lead poisoning in children and the need for affordable certified safe paint removal services for contaminated homes. The noticeable increase in the demand for DIY paint removal to save money is becoming a popular trend. Whether the work is being done safely is up to the home owner so its more important than ever to have resources available to consumers for safe DIY work practices. EcoSolve Americas Blog has valuable information and links to demo videos explaining safe work procedures for removing lead based paint. http://cfisher-courtneysblog.blogspot.ca/ EcoSolve has provided safe paint removal products that work wet eliminating hazardous dry scraping and sanding of lead paint since 2002. And now Home Strip products are EcoLogo Certified safe alternatives to chemical paint stripping. When it comes to lead we always recommend hiring a professional to help remove contaminated paint. But I you have to do the work your self using safe work practices and products can keep you and your family safe from lead poisoning. For more info on our certified Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover and other EcoSolve products please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/

A Closer Look: What Makes Building Materials Green?

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Building and construction activities worldwide consume 3 billion tons of raw materials each year or 40 percent of total global use. Using green building materials and products promotes conservation of dwindling nonrenewable resources internationally. In addition, integrating green building materials into building projects can help reduce the environmental impacts associated with the extraction, transport, processing, fabrication, installation, reuse, recycling, and disposal of these building industry source materials. So what criteria must be met to make a product or material green? Green building materials are composed of renewable, rather than nonrenewable resources. Green materials are environmentally responsible because impacts are considered over the life of the product. Depending upon project-specific goals, an assessment of green materials may involve an evaluation of one or more of the criteria listed below.

  • Resource efficiency
  • Indoor air quality
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water conservation
  • Affordability

For details on the listed criteria and the three basic steps of product selection please follow link for full article http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/greenbuilding/materials/#Resource

If you don’t have time to do extensive research on building products choosing green certified products can ensure your product has been researched and tested to be environmentally responsible. There are a number of green certifications building products can receive one globally recognized certification is by EcoLogo part of the UL Global Network. They provide third party certification of environmentally-preferable products. Follow this link to view EcoLogo Certified EcoSolve products and more http://www.ecologo.org/en/participatingcompanies/details.asp?client_id=590

Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover

For easy removal of oil based paints without harsh solvents, caustics, or fumes try Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover by EcoSolve Americas. Home Strip is a water based gel stripper that can be safely used indoors with minimal ventilation and no extensive protective equipment required. Paint removal has never been this safe Home Strip and other EcoSolve products are EcoLogo Certified as safe and effective alternatives to chemical paint stripping we have done the work so you don’t have to! Our high performance water based technology is truly superior to other ‘eco’ strippers and is made with sustainable water soluble ingredients. Watch this test demo to see Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover strip exterior oil based paint from wood in just 20 minutes! For more info on Home Strip and other Eco-Preferable products from EcoSolve please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/

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10 Cancer-Causers to Remove From Your Home

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Given poor government regulation, many of the cleaning products available on the market contain “everyday” carcinogens such as formaldehyde, nitrobenzene, methylene chloride, and napthelene, as well as reproductive toxins and hormone disruptors. Not to mention other ingredients that cause liver, kidney and brain damage, allergies and asthma. There is literally a host of products, other than those used for basic cleaning, that often contain carcinogenics as well. From air fresheners and art supplies, to flea control for pets, dry cleaning, paints, and even ‘microwavable’ plastic can pose serious health risks to humans. For full article and links on details for the top ten cancer causers you should remove from your home follow this link http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-cancer-causers-to-remove-from-your-home.html?page=1 One company striving to provide safe green certified products for consumers is EcoSolve Americas. Their brand of Tough Not Toxic products effectively replace some of the most toxic paint remover products on the market. Chemical paint strippers containing harsh solvents like methylene chloride are carcinogenic for people and extremely toxic for the environment with poor regulations for industrial and consumer use. That’s why EcoSolve has taken the steps to provide safe alternatives that are produced responsibly from sustainable water soluble ingredients. To learn more about EcoSolve and their products visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/

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Home Improvement Projects for the New Year

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Motivated by the sense of a fresh start for tackling those home improvement projects that never got done the year before, many DIYers have a wish list of to-dos primarily inspired by the latest trends in design and remodeling. Your to-do list can be done with a little know how and a lot of planning. Follow this link for some pointers on some of the most common DIY projects being tackled this year. Everything from garage organization systems, to updating lighting, and renovations in the kitchen and bath. http://www.doityourself.com/stry/5-home-improvement-projects-for-the-new-year?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=#.UTZljlcUN2R For great DIY tips on everything to do with paint, stains, and refinishing projects subscribe to the EcoSolve Blog. We have information coming out of our ears on ways to save money, work safe, and work smart on all kinds of DIY home projects. Get the info you need to get the job done right! http://cfisher-courtneysblog.blogspot.ca/

 

Dealing with Industrial Toxic Chemicals Before the Damage is Done

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Many people in building and industrial industry still unknowingly work with products that can potentially damage their health. Very often this is simply due to employers ignorance on hazardous chemicals and consequently their failure to look for safer alternatives. Dichloromethane also known as methylene chloride is a particularly dangerous solvent. Apart from being proven to cause damage to the blood, the nervous system, the liver, the eyes and the skin, if used long-term, methylene chloride can cause cancer. In 2002, a 34-year-old man died through methylene chloride inhalation and several others had to be treated in hospital. Similar deaths have occurred since then in fact over 50 deaths have been documented since the 1980s involving methylene chloride. This is no doubt a deadly chemical, which is most effective in its use as a paint stripper. Other uses of this hazardous solvent include its contribution to cleaning agents and degreasers in a variety of industries, a fumigant for strawberries and grains, extracting substances from foodstuffs, weld spatter control products, and more. The potential for claims against employers that allow their employees to use products containing methylene chloride and similarly dangerous chemicals is extremely high. There is no known insurance company that will provide liability insurance against the use or sale of any product that has ‘methylene chloride’ or ‘carcinogenic’ on the label. Conscientious employers should not need to worry about the threat of litigation. As long as they take necessary precautions or eliminate the use of methylene chloride, they will achieve a healthier and more productive workforce. For full article follow link http://www.theworks-works.com/press/dealing%20with%20Di-chloromethane.pdf See how this company benefited from eliminating the use of methylene chloride from their automotive sector including huge yearly savings by switching to an Eco-friendly alternative http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnPxMDCIkBA There are simply too many safer alternatives available that effectively replace methylene chloride for industrial and building purposes to warrant the continued use of this carcinogenic solvent. Companies like EcoSolve Americas and Eco Solutions have worked tirelessly to develop some of the best paint removal alternatives available today. Industrial grade performance without the negative effects of  hazardous chemicals like methylene chloride. Visit these sites per your location for any where in North America visit EcoSolve Americas Inc http://www.ecosolveamericas.com for international locations visit Eco Solutions UK http://www.ecosolutions.co.uk/ replace methylene chloride with tough not toxic alternatives!