Feature Story

Painting a Healthy HomePainting a Healthy Home

When Rick Roberts, founder of The Natural Paint Place, had children it changed his life in a way he never expected.

“Having children inspired me to want to do something to help our environment. I initially started the business as soon as my first child was born and I left a secure job because I felt like I needed to do something to send the right message to my children,” said Rick.

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Case Study

Greenovating in Inner Sydney

Suzanne and babyStarting a family and embarking on renovations go hand in hand for many Australians.
But how many of us consider the health and environmental impacts associated with renovating? Minimising such impacts is what guided Suzanne and Graham when undertaking renovations on their inner Sydney cottage.

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What you can do

Top 5 Renovating Tips!

Top 5 Renovating TipsAustralians move or renovate on average every seven years and over 50% of home owners will look to renovate at some stage. While renovations offer a great sense of renewal there are hidden costs to our health and the environment.

High levels of chemicals are introduced from materials and products during building and renovating. The resulting indoor chemical pollution is often invisible and so it is difficult for people to make the connection between pollution in their environment and effects on their health. Babies and children are at high risk because they are more susceptible to the health impacts of chemical exposures.

Check out our top five safer renovation tips to help you reduce your exposure to hazardous chemicals during renovations:

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New Consumer Guide to Toxic Chemicals in Vehicles

Baby seatRecent research conducted by the Ecology Center, a Michigan USA based environmental group has found that chemicals such as chlorine, bromine and lead which have been linked to cancer, liver, thyroid and developmental problems in children are in high concentrations in some popular children’s car seats.

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New Report: ‘Household Hazards: Potential Hazards of Home Cleaning Products’

home chemicals"Household Hazards: Potential Hazards of Home Cleaning Products" is a new report by Women's Voices for the Earth, a national US women's environmental health and justice group based in Montana, which examines 5 types of chemicals commonly found in household cleaners. These five chemicals are of concern to women and children especially, as they are linked to increases in either asthma or reproductive harm such as birth defects or fertility problems.

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European Chemicals Policy Now In Effect

Far-reaching rules governing the multibillion - euro chemicals industry came into force at the end of May but environmentalists and consumer groups claim the legislation does not go far enough to protect human health.

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