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What are endocrine disrupting chemicals?

Thousands of everyday products rely on chemical substances added during manufacture to enhance their performance such as extending shelf life, increasing crop yields, adding water and stain resistance, and flexibility – for example plastics that bend without breaking, and toiletries that can be absorbed more readily.   We’re all familiar with products with complicated labels … Continued

Chemical free garden ideas

This week sees the return of National Gardening Week just as temperatures finally start to rise! The Royal Horticultural Society’s theme this year is Knowledge is Flower’ designed to help demystify some of the myths and truths about gardening, and how to avoid common pitfalls for gardening novices and experts alike. It includes guidance about the … Continued

What are chemical free period products?

Period products are a necessity for women and girls. But they’ve come under scrutiny recently as researchers investigate what’s in them, and whether there might be any effects on female health from the chemical substances used in them.   Are there any health risks?  Period products come into direct into skin contact, so any chemical … Continued

Microplastic effects on health

Microplastics are everywhere – in our water and food, everyday household items, beauty products like shampoo, children’s toys, our home furnishings, and our rivers. Microplastics can also pollute our indoor air. So what is known about the effects of microplastics on human cells?   A study led by researchers at Hull York Medical School was … Continued

Petrochemicals – what are they, and why are they a problem for our health? 

Thousands of chemicals are manufactured from fossil fuels including oil, gas, and coal. It’s estimated that there are 350,000 petrochemicals are in use across the world as production levels have grown dramatically since the 1950’s. Petrochemicals are used in the manufacture of thousands of everyday products, from cars to carpets, plastics, cosmetics, toiletries and fragrances, … Continued

Men can pass on effects of pollutant exposure to future generations

New research at the University of Stockholm has identified potential links between paternal exposure to environmental pollutants and subsequent adverse health effects in future generations. In this longitudinal study, researchers were able to link exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals as far back as grandfathers that might have an effect on later generations of children.     … Continued

PFAS in children’s clothing

Keeping children dry on rainy spring days often means reaching for raincoats and waterproof clothing to keep them warm and dry. But with very little information on product labels to explain what chemical substances may have been used to achieve water resistance, it’s difficult to navigate children’s waterproof clothing.   The most widely used group … Continued

Avoid pesticides in your Valentine’s Day flowers

With Valentine’s Day approaching you may be thinking about buying floral gifts for your loved ones. Red roses are one of the most popular floral gifts for Valentine’s Day with an estimated 8 million sold every year, but what sort of chemicals are used in their production, and are there any health effects to consider? … Continued

Bob Woods MBE gives a personal commentary on rising cancer rates

So many people will have sympathy for King Charles’ cancer diagnosis as we would sympathise for any of our own family, friends, and colleagues who contract this awful condition.    In 1950, fewer than 4 males per 100,000 would die from cancer but in 2005 it exceeded 15 per 100,000 a fourfold increase despite vast … 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

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