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Spring refreshes in your home

With the arrival of Spring, you may be thinking about updating your home – with a lick of paint, some new carpets, or an update on your tired old bed mattress. With thousands of products to choose from, it may not be top of mind to think about chemicals used in manufacturing processes, so here’s … Continued

Chemical free spring clean

Spring is just around the corner so it’s a good time to blow away the winter cobwebs and give your home a good spring clean. But before you stock up on cleaning products, it’s worth taking stock of what’s in them, and whether some of their ingredients might pose a risk to our health.   … Continued

Five easy wins to avoid everyday chemicals

To welcome in the New Year we’d like to share five easy wins to reduce your exposure to everyday chemicals in 2024.    One – go organic for breakfast  Breakfast made up of organic foods might help get your layoff to a healthier start. Our breakfast helps our body to start our day – it … Continued

Should we be concerned about chemical ingredients in fragrances?

Fragrance is a feel good Christmas gift many of us enjoy – we spend more than £1bn on fragrance in the UK each year! Whilst fragrance can be a good mood boost, should we be concerned about any of the chemical ingredients used in our fragrances?   Ingredients such as phthalates and parabens are widely … Continued

Let’s talk about mould

With an estimated 1 in 10 homes affected by mould infestations, this creeping health risk is a serious concern for many. Mould grows in areas with excess levels of moisture with poor ventilation, poor insulation, and high condensation. It reproduces itself via tiny spores which can grow on paper, carpets, and soft furnishings around the … Continued

World Car Free Day

Friday 22 September 2023 is World Car Free Day. The aim of the day is to cut CO2 emissions by giving up our cars for a day and travel in a more sustainable way. It’s also an opportunity for us to see what towns and cities could look like without cars, and how our environment … Continued

The link between mental health and the air we breathe

Air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths every year in the UK – it is the most worrying environmental health risk we face today. But the effects of air pollution on our mental wellbeing are less well documented. In this post we present a roundup of the latest evidence that air pollution might be the cause of a range of … Continued

Is your log burner your Achilles heel? 

The government announced its new Environment Improvement Plan this week including updated guidance on emissions of particulate matter from log burning stoves. Earlier guidance of no more than 5g of smoke emissions per hour has been reduced to 3g per hour in areas designated as smoke control areas, which encompasses most UK towns and cities.    … Continued

Air pollution exposures linked to mutations in lung cells  

Exposure to air contaminated by pollution has been linked to changes in lung tissue which can increase the risk of lung cancer.     Air pollution can be measured by the levels of microscopic particulate matter which has a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5). PM2.5 is generated by vehicle exhaust fumes and combustion of … Continued

Indoor Air Quality study at the University of Leicester

In the UK more than 8 million people suffer with symptoms of asthma, higher than all other lung related health conditions combined. It affects all ages, and even though many children grow out of it, more than 5.4m people receive ongoing treatment for this condition at a cost of around £1 billion a year for … Continued

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