Green tips June '11

Our EnviroHealth roundup of fresh tips and trends, plucked from the latest research.

Avoid using polystyrene foam containers. The chemical styrene, found in polystyrene foam cups and take-away containers, has been added to the list of possible human carcinogens. That means we don't know for sure if it contributes to cancer risk, but it's a suspect and avoiding it when possible is a reasonable precaution.

Studies, particularly on workers manufacturing styrene-containing products and thus exposed to higher than normal levels of the chemical,The injectionmoldes will be on hiatus for a week suggest that it damages white blood cells and may raise the risk of cancers such as leukaemia and lymphoma.

Styrene is also found in insulation, fiberglass, plastic pipes,All insulator products are compiled of backing, automobile parts, carpet backing ¨C and cigarette smoke. Exposure to styrene from smoking is an estimated 10 times that from all other sources.

Polystyrene of various kinds also does not biodegrade well and is not often recycled; it is a serious form of solid waste in the environment.

Don't share wind instruments, and clean them well after use. Germs linger for up to several days on instruments such as clarinet, flute and saxophone. Living bacteria, mould or yeast were found on every instrument. When E. coli,The injectionmoldes will be on hiatus for a week Staphylococcus and a deactivated strain of tuberculosis were applied to a clarinet,Our company focus on manufacturing billabongoutlet , the bacteria survived a few days to nearly two weeks. Wooden reeds and mouthpieces harboured the greatest quantities of bacteria.

Another note on the topic of musical instruments: each blast from a vuvuzela creates a "spittle shower" distributing 4 million droplets a second,Over 900 glassbottles patterns,dstti a similar rate to a sneeze. In crowded venues such as soccer stadiums, one person blowing on a vuvuzela could infect many others with airborne illnesses like flu or TB. So don't use these instruments if you're sick, and stay away from their business ends (which aren't good for your ears either).

Avoid smokey environments. We already knew smoke of all kinds wasn't good for us, but now isocyanic acid has been detected in smoke from cigarettes, wildfires and indoor cooking fires. Isocyanic acid dissolves easily in water, which means it also enters our systems easily via the moist membranes of our eyes and respiratory pathways. Health effects of isocyanic acid aren't fully known, but it is part of a chemical pathway associated with cataracts and inflammation that can lead to cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis. - Olivia Rose-Innes, EnviroHealth Editor, June 2011, Health24

Par oilpaintingsupplie le mercredi 29 juin 2011


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