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The Red List:

The International Living Future Institute has recently published a list of chemicals that are very prevalent in our everyday lives but that are also very harmful to not just humans but the environment as well.  The commonly used chemicals that can be found on the “Red List” are polluting the environment, harming construction and factory workers, and damaging our food system so much so, that its reaching toxic concentrations.  Asbestos, Lead, and Formaldehyde are some of the chemicals we have been warned about for years, but have you ever heard about Alkylphenols, Bisphenol A, or Chromium VI?  These are just a few of the chemicals mentioned on the Red List.

These chemicals have been used in our products for so long because of their strength, durability, and resistance to heat.  But what we didn’t know, is that they are actually harming us.  Chemicals that are in everyday products such as cosmetics, copy paper, drink bottles, electronics, and even our construction materials – just to name a few examples.  These chemicals are known to cause health issues like developmental issues in children, harm to our immunes systems, and if you’re exposed to them enough, cancer.  They also have negative effect on our environment, like polluting our waterways, damaging our wildlife, and depleting earth’s ozone layer.

With all these negative effects on not only the users, but the environment, companies have decided to make a change.  Companies such as Armstrong, Benjamin Moore, Interface, KI, and so many more are working towards eliminating these chemicals within their products. 

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However, buyers beware.  Just because you are purchasing a product considered “green” it does not mean that the product is Red List Free.  That’s why the Declare Program was created, to provide a clear and informative method for ingredient disclosure for both manufacturers and designers.  The Declare label summarizes the products ingredients, “making it easier for product specifiers to make informed decisions about product health and environmental impact.”  Considering factors like where does the product come from, what is it made of, and where does it go in its end life, can all be found on a Declare label.

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For the full Red List of chemicals, visit: https://living-future.org/declare/declare-about/red-list/

For more information on the Declare label, visit: https://living-future.org/declare/declare-about/

Or visit: https://trimtab.living-future.org/blog/new-database-streamlines-declare-products/

For the full list of Declare label manufacturers, visit: https://living-future.org/declare/

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