TAG: Chemical

Warfare Threats

Chemical and biological warfare

The utilisation of harmful chemicals as a weapon in combat was banned by the international community through the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling, and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction (Chemical Weapons Convention) of 1997. The secretary general of the United Nations Dr Ban Ki-moon made a press statement wherein he emphatically discouraged Syria from using biological warfare against anti-government insurgents. The secretary general intimated that there would be dire consequences for Syria if it did not heed the call to refrain from using biological warfare, because chemical weapons have no place in the… read more

The Truth About Bamboo

Bamboo textiles

Have you ever bought a piece of clothing because on the tag it had the words “100% percent bamboo fiber”? These are often advertised as eco-friendly products from a sustainable resource. While bamboo (a member of the grass family that can grow up to or more than a yard per day), may be renewable, the process used to make bamboo textiles is not. The most common way is ‘cooking’ leaves and shoots in a harsh chemical process that involves soaking them in carbon disulfide, otherwise known as caustic soda, or lye. This process is toxic not only to the earth,… read more

Shampoo Dilemma

Shampoo dilemma

Is your shampoo killing you? It’s an outlandish thought but one that actually demands your attention. There could be some ingredients in shampoos that cause you harm and should be avoided as much as possible. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) create the foam we are generally used to when engaging in the shampoo experience. The fact is these chemicals are closely related to compounds you find in heavy duty cleaners and degreases and have been linked to eye damage, depression, diarrhea, and severe skin irritation. DEA’s are a hormone disruptor and linked to kidney failure and… read more

BPA health risks

BPA health risks plastic bottles

Some say they are harmful, some say they are not. Who should we trust?