14 results for author: Jamie Pang


Eco-healthy living-how to prepare your garden for fall

With the rainy season and school year in Oregon underway, Autumn is a great time to clean up garden beds, manage soil and compost, prepare sod and minimize problems in the new growing season. Fall garden clean up and winter preparation is essential to the long-term health of your yard and garden. Fall is a time to welcome change, preparation, and maturity. Here are some fun eco-friendly yard projects that you can do with school age children, in addition to new eco-healthy gardening tips and tutorials from our partners at Oregon Metro.  Overseeding Your Lawn Sometimes a yard dries our or dies from the brutal summer heat. The fall is one of ...

Emerging toxics: PFAS in groundwater

“Forever chemicals” and where they’re being found in Oregon.

Nearly 1/2 of the food packaging tested from popular chains contain “forever chemicals”

There is no shortage of toxics entering our bodies these days, between wildfire smoke, chemicals from consumer products, and now toxics in our food packaging. A new study published last month, Packaged in Pollution: Are food chains using PFAS in packaging?, by OEC’s partners Toxic Free Future and the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families coalition concluded that nearly half of the food packaging used from popular chains contain toxic PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) (“forever chemicals”)—despite increasing consumer demand and legislative action to phase out the use of toxic chemicals in food packaging. The study involved laboratory ...

Climate Change, Economic Justice and Wildfires Collide

The West Continues to Burn Amidst a Pandemic and Heatwave The current wildfire situation is changing so fast in Oregon, that I have updated this blog no less than four times. Wildfires continue to wreak havoc and destruction across the West. As I type, the sky is filled with smoke, and the sun is an eerie shade of fiery orange-red. Gov. Brown has declared a state of emergency and State Fire Marshal leadership has advised that Oregonians from areas across the state be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. This is not a movie set during the apocalypse: this is our climate reality.  As someone who grew up in California, I am used to the ...

Toxic Free Kids Act in its final implementation stages!

Due to TFKA’s reporting requirements, we have discovered toxic chemicals in thousands of children’s toys and personal care products. Requiring reporting and phaseouts of these chemicals will lead manufacturers to develop better, safer products. 

Gas Stoves Are Creating Unsafe Levels of Indoor Air Pollution

According to a growing body of research, tens of millions of Americans are exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution in their homes. The culprit? Your gas stove. A study released by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) last month concluded that carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), emissions from gas cooking can exceed the national levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency, and can seriously pollute your indoor air. Gas stoves emit a number of pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO), formaldehyde (HCHO), and particulate pollution, each of which can exacerbate various respiratory illnesses- ...

This Earth Day, Pledge to Stop Burning Wood for Public Health

What do Earth Day, wood smoke and COVID-19 all have in common? The answer lies in air quality. With most of our nation’s in-person Earth Day festivities cancelled or moved to a digital format, and the state’s at-large shelter-in-place policy, many people may not be thinking that much more needs to be done to protect Oregon’s air quality. After all, our world’s air has become significantly cleaner, due to a slowdown in economic activity, right? While this may be currently true, the necessity of improving our air quality in the long-term cannot be under-estimated. It is no secret that decreased air quality and pollution is linked to a ...

Guide to Green Disinfecting

As fears of the COVID-19 pandemic ramp up, news reports of people hoarding cleaning supplies have dominated the headlines. Here at OEC, we want to remind our readers not to panic. Seriously, please don’t. You do not need to stock up on bleach, disinfecting wipes, or hand sanitizers that have harmful additives to be able to clean or disinfect properly. Rather, regardless of whether there is a pandemic or not, you can still utilize the tried and true solutions creatively, and be more diligent about your own personal cleanliness to keep you and your home healthy and happy. Here are some eco-friendly and less toxic ways to clean your home and ...

Oregon Needs You to Speak Up For Its Air Quality

OEC is one of 21 petitioners to petition the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for new rules (called the “Indirect Source Rule”) on toxic diesel emissions. The petition was authored by Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School, and Neighbors for Clean Air. DEQ is allowing for our petition to move forward, finding that it is necessary to limit the air contaminants coming from mobile sources and is taking public comments until February 14, 2020. Based on these comments, the agency may finalize a rule accepting the petition, alter the rule, or reject the petition. What is the ...

Show support for the Toxic Free Kids Act! Sign our petition, please!

Oregon’s Toxic Free Kids Act is a landmark consumer safety and children’s health law that was passed with bipartisan support in 2015. Since it passed, we’ve learned that hundreds of products – like pajamas, dolls, and underwear – contain chemicals scientifically linked to cancer and other serious health concerns.