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Torture and Assassination in U.S. Policy, Thomas Picketty's...

PR Web - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:55

Topics in the latest issue of "Ethics & International Affairs" include torture, U.S. security policy, and norm death; "cultures of humanitarianism" in East Asia; an...

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Proposed indoor air quality law does not address winter humidity...

PR Web - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:55

Whether or not EPA regulation is implemented, low indoor humidity in winter is health hazard says water advocate and Bio Logic Aqua Research Founder Sharon Kleyne.

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The Water Value Revolution? The Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel...

PR Web - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:55

‘The Water Value Revolution’ aims to determine water's key role in the future of sustainable economic growth and to revolutionise the role of water in the global economy. Business leaders, CEOs of...

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Sourcery Partners with REAL Certified to Increase Access to Fresh,...

PR Web - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:55

San Francisco-based startup Sourcery announced today that it is partnering with the foodservice certification program...

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Mattus & DiGiacomo Insurance Initiates Charity Campaign in Milmont...

PR Web - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:55

Debuting a new charity campaign in Milmont Park, PA, Mattus & DiGiacomo Agency supports Jane Sawicki, one of their loyal clients who just lost her husband and is facing foreclosure on her home....

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Auto Alliance Sponsors Special Green Car Journal Digital Edition

PR Web - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:55

Complimentary access provided to magazine’s ‘25 Years of Green Cars’ special issue covering most popular ‘green’ car topics of past 25 years

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Keep your true love’s lips soft this winter with DIY lip balm

Grist.org - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:16

Instead of buying cheap, mass-produced gewgaws to give out this season, show your loved ones you care with a little DIY. During Grist’s 12 days of DIY gifts, we’ll share some crafty projects, with instructions that even we can follow. There’s sure to be a whatsit or wowsit for everyone.

Homemade lip balm is a good gift for almost anyone, especially during these dry winter months. It’s easy to personalize, and — as with anything that’s going near your mouth — it’s nice to know exactly what ingredients are going into it.

  • 1/2 ounce beeswax
  • 1 teaspoon honey or base oil — coconut is best, but olive oil and sweet almond oil work, too. Keep in mind that these will add a slight flavor to the balm: Honey will make it sweet, while the oils will have milder flavors.
  • 3-5 drops of essential oil — peppermint is always nice, but you can add whatever you think your gift recipient will enjoy, including lavender, rosemary, sage, cinnamon, lemon, etc.
  • an empty chapstick container or a small tin

Melt the beeswax, and add the honey or base oil. When it’s all combined, stir in the essential oils.

Pour the mixture into the container or tin, and let cool.

And that’s it! Your loved one will never have to suffer chapped lips again.

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Are my faux fingernails full of toxins?

Grist.org - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:04

Q. Recently, many of my friends have gotten into new-fangled nail wraps. According to their materials, the nail wraps are made from nontoxic vinyl. They are applied by heating up said vinyl and adhering it to one’s finger and toenails. It all sounds lovely, except the nontoxic vinyl part seems too good to be true. Did I miss a memo, is there actual nontoxic vinyl now?

Annie A.
New Haven, CT

A. Dearest Annie,

For years I have wished that au natural fingernails would come into fashion, if for no other reason than the sheer work required to pull off a stylish manicure. I mean, the painting, the filing, the cuticle-pushing, the touch-ups … And that length thing: Why have we decided, as a society, that being a beautiful woman means having talons that inhibit your ability to grasp simple tools? I’ve never had the time for it, honestly, and I like being able to zip up my pants.

The above reasons are enough for me to keep my nails no-nonsense naked and short. But there are other, more serious issues with nail fashion in all its forms. We’ve already talked about how most nail polish contains harmful chemicals, which can be dangerous for both workers and clients in nail salons. Might vinyl nail wraps be a better alternative? The brightly colored nail decorations you reference are indeed made from polyvinyl chloride, or PVC. Annie, your alarm bells went off when you heard “nontoxic vinyl,” and rightly so: There’s still no such thing. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: No on vinyl, and that’s final!

When we talk about something being toxic or nontoxic, we usually mean that in a very personal sense –is this product hazardous to me and my family? Does it pose some direct risk to use? So let’s look at that first. PVC alone is a hard plastic and requires the addition of additional plasticizers, usually the dreaded phthalates, to become flexible. In fact, unless soft PVC products are marked otherwise, you can assume phthalates are involved.

When I asked a representative for one of the more popular nail wrap companies, Jamberry, about this, she declined to say whether or not phthalates were a part of the potion. She did write of the wraps, “They are not hazardous and they are completely safe to use for their intended purpose. Jamberry nail wraps share the same core plastic/vinyl compound found in many everyday items including credit cards, bibs, shower curtains, mattress covers, faux leather, etc.” We do know, however, that phthalates may be found in all of the above.

We care about this because animal tests suggest that phthalates are endocrine disruptors in us humans, messing with reproduction and development. As to whether or how much of the stuff migrates from your nails into your body — the short answer is, I don’t know. We need more research on the stuff, frankly. I can tell you that phthalate exposure can happen through everything from using certain kinds of shampoo and moisturizer to eating food wrapped in plastic to breathing the air in a room that has vinyl flooring or blinds. Some hospitals are phasing PVC out of medical supplies, and certain types are banned in kids’ toys. Knowing this, how do you feel about voluntarily keeping the chemical right at your fingertips?

It’s possible that phthalate exposure is small or nonexistent from nail wraps, but I’d still nix them, Annie. There’s another kind of toxic to think about: toxic not just to ourselves, but to the environment as a whole. And here, PVC gets a clear fail: The nasty plastic emits dioxins during production and when burned, which are known carcinogens also linked to liver damage and a number of nervous system issues. Industrial dioxins spread and build up in the soil, the fatty tissue of animals, and yes, in us. So the best reason to eschew vinyl is to try to limit widespread pollution that affects all of us, not just those with glitter-striped nails.

If you must decorate the tips of your fingers and toes – of course, I understand that not everyone shares my preference for a clip-and-go hand beauty routine – then I’d point you to the trusty Environmental Working Group’s cosmetics database for less-toxic nail polishes. Also be on the lookout for brands that advertise themselves as 5 Free, or free of toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and camphor (some of the worst offenders as far as polish chemicals go).

And consider leaving your nails natural most of the time (and I don’t mean the kind of “natural” that requires a fancy manicure). One of these days, I just know it’s going to be hot.

Keratinly,
Umbra


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Mesothelioma Compensation Center Calls Attention To Recent EPA Notice...

PR Web - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:55

The Mesothelioma Compensation Center is calling attention to a recent EPA memo related to hazardous levels of asbestos in the Pacific Northwest and wants to remind people in the public and private...

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Service Professionals Earn Recognition From Leading Manufacturer

PR Web - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:55

Three RJ Young technicians receive top honors from Ricoh

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Announcing Five New Theme Templates for Final Cut Pro X Professionally...

PR Web - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:55

Today, Pixel Film Studios announced five new Themes for this Holiday Season exclusively for Final Cut Pro X editors.

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Greenstar Home Services Educates Homeowners on the Deadly Dangers of...

PR Web - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:55

Transitioning into the 2015 cold season, Las Vegas, Nevada and Orange County, California's...

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Baker Electric Solar Helps San Marcos Santa Light Up His Wonderland

PR Web - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:55

Baker Electric Solar is pleased to announce it installed a 9.8 kW solar system for the popular San Marcos, California holiday display, Christmas on Knob Hill. For more than 25 years the Gilfillen’s...

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Berndes Cookware SignoCast Spotlighted at Vicente Foods 12/19/14

PR Web - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:55

The Source is hosting a onetime event at Vicente Foods in Los Angeles Friday December 19, 2014.

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Nature’s Sleep Brings Relief To Those With Back Pain

PR Web - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:55

Nature’s Sleep is excited to introduce a mattress designed specifically to help those suffering from chronic back pain. The 12” Sapphire Gel Mattress is revolutionary and has been designed to support...

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Crown Bees Signs with Garden Media Group for 2015

PR Web - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:55

Campaign will begin with large-scale crowdfunding effort

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Deciding To Buy A Home This Winter

PR Web - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:55

Peoples Home Equity informs readers why this winter is an excellent time to consider buying a home.

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Author Irene Snow Shares Her Life’s Journey in ‘Beyond the Dream’

PR Web - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:55

New autobiography gives author’s account of traversing through pain, tragedy, hope and love

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San Francisco Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Contractor Christopher Wells...

PR Web - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:55

Christopher Wells Construction, a residential remodeling contractor in the San Francisco Bay Area, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. The company is honoring this milestone by offering past and...

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Geothermal Resources Council Announces New Board of Directors

PR Web - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:55

Katherine Young, Maria Richards, and Masami Nakagawa join the new GRC Board of Directors

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