108 results for author: Jen Coleman


What’s Green, Fuzzy and 4-Legged?

Even those who tread as lightly on the planet as possible might have a fuzzy companion with a heavy step. People in the U.S. spend more than $20 billion a year on pet food for our 164 million pets, resulting in 10.6 million tons of doggie doo and 1.3 million tons of cat scat. We also buy $8 billion (yes, billion!) in dog and cat medications, including flea and tick products. So: what’s a clean-air-and-water-loving pet owner to do? Here’s our round-up of the most current advice for those who would like their fuzzy friends to have a light step too: Diets for good meat-eaters: The same rules for humans also apply to pets: eating meat means ...

Green cleaning recipes

Household cleaning products can contain chemicals that harm your health, and harm waterways when they go down the drain. Try cleaning with these simple ingredients to save money, stay healthy and keep our rivers clean. Green cleaning kit: White distilled vinegar Use it in a spray bottle on windows and as an after-shower spray to cut soap scum Pour some into your clothing rinse cycle to remove odors and soften clothes Simmer on the stove to deodorize cooking odors Gummy, sticky mess? Soak it in vinegar to dissolve Baking soda Sprinkle in your garbage pail or diaper pail to deodorize Mix with castile soap for a soft ...

What do hedgehogs know about spring?

Oregon's hedgehog has declared early spring! We're declaring spring cleaning season. On Groundhog Day, Oregon Zoo’s resident weather-critter predicted an early spring. So now is the time to get a jump on spring cleaning tips. First: Out with the old If you have extra paint, finish, solvent or adhesive lying around, it’s time to let go. Studies show that storing materials in your home that contain volatile gases may create unhealthy air even with the lids on. It’s especially important for families with asthma; as many as 75 different ingredients in home maintenance supplies are linked to asthma. You can find where to safely recycle or ...

Sponsoring the Northwest Environmental Health Conference

The 7TH Annual Northwest Environmental Health Conference April 17, 2015, Doubletree Hotel, Portland, OR Hosted by: Oregon Environmental Council | Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility | Multnomah County Health Department | Oregon Health Authority | Oregon Public Health Association | Multnomah Education Service District | Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 Sponsorship Prospectus The annual Northwest Environmental Health Conference is a regional gathering spot, where PhD scientists convene with tribal leaders; state legislators rub elbows with neighborhood leaders, and epidemiologists hobnob with students in the health sciences....

How to buy a new couch

For the first time in decades, shoppers can now walk into some major retail stores and buy a couch made without toxic flame retardants. As the Sunday Chicago Tribune on January 23rd this health hazard hidden in our furniture may be on its way out. Look for a furniture tag that reads: “the upholstery materials in this product contain NO added flame retardant chemicals.” In 2012, the State of California acknowledged that safe furniture is practical and possible without added chemicals. As more consumers including Kaiser Permanente demanded safer alternatives, manufacturers have started stepping up to meet the demand. That’s the power of green ...

Healthy Homes Master Class

If you're already using green cleaning products, buying recycled and saving energy,  you care about how your home makes a difference for the health of Oregon's environment. But is your home also a healthy environment for you and your family? Join us to discover the finer points of healthy homes in this workshop presented by Oregon Environmental Council at the Pringle Creek Community on January 26. This class will dive deeper into the concept of an “eco-healthy home,” asking questions about the origin of hazardous chemicals in the history of science and the economy. If there are 55 toxics typically found in household dust, where do they ...

A better new year’s cleanse?

OEC has nothing against kale smoothies and lemon water. But we suggest a different kind of “cleanse” to start the new year off right—one that lets you keep eating goodies like orange-hazelnut granola. We’re determined to make 2015 the year that Oregon demands a “detox” of products made for children. Let's pass the Toxic Free Kids Act. Oregon's champion lawmakers have a plan to ensure that our kids aren’t playing, dressing and bathing with products containing hazardous chemicals. They need to know that this is a top priority for you. Sign our petition today, and then tell all your friends to do the same! Why kids? When it ...

Winter air tips for good health

Ah, winter: frost on the pumpkin, chestnuts roasting…and is there something more than a nip in the air? Unfortunately, yes: there’s particle pollution. Winter air, when still, tends to trap fine particle pollution near the ground, especially late at night and in early morning hours. This dirty air is bad for the lungs and heart—and over the long term has been linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental harm. As an OEC supporter, you’re already a clean air champion working for cleaner transportation fuels and energy. But how do you do when it comes to keeping yourself and your family healthy? See how many of these lung-sav...