Wednesday, September 15, 2010

What Am I Missing Here?

Here's an interesting fact from the Environmental Defense Fund:

"... For example, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, our government used trailers made with formaldehyde-treated plywood to house homeless victims of the storm. As you may know, formaldehyde is a chemical that causes cancer and exacerbates asthma and other respiratory ailments.
This high-formaldehyde plywood -- which is imported from China -- is perfectly legal for use in the U.S. But because of its toxicity, it can't be used in countries including the EU, Japan, and even China has banned its residential use."
PHOTO: Associated Press (AP)

Some might say it's better to have a cancer-causing trailer than no trailer at all, but if the country that produces the product also bans its use, I'd look elsewhere for my plywood. Wouldn't you??
Check out the Environmental Defense Fund to learn more about lessening the toxicity of the products we use.

Put people first. Anthony

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