We’re so thrilled and honored to have been chosen as one of the five finalists for the NAHB Global Innovation Award, which celebrates the home building industries most innovative products and services. Check out this NAHB blog post for the details and a list of all the other great finalists. The winner will be announced at next week’s International Builders’ Show. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
The Wellness Within Your Walls team was so thrilled to have the chance to support our good friends of The Captain Planet Foundation at their annual gala last week in our shared hometown of Atlanta.
Making the evening even more special —the opportunity to help honor one of our most admired forces in the sustainability and eco-living movement, HRH Prince Charles—the Prince of Wales, who was awarded an Exemplar Award by the Captain Planet Foundation for his
His project, the Prince’s Natural House, built in 2012 by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in Watford England under the auspices of the Prince’s Foundation to demonstrate using natural products to create a low carbon house, makes a significant appearance in the Wellness Within Your walls courses.
We also loved meeting Tony Juniper, a well known speaker, writer, and advisor on environment, conservation, and sustainability issues, who accepted the award on behalf of the prince.
Earlier this week, the Environmental Protection Agency released the list of the first 10 chemicals to be evaluated under the new guidelines of the recently revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Check out the EPA website for the list. The ten chemicals were drawn from EPA’s 2014 TSCA Work Plan, a list of 90 chemicals selected based on their potential for high hazard and exposure.
Certainly, we’re thrilled that these chemicals are finally coming under closer scrutiny. But as Scott Faber, Environment’s Working Group’s senior vice president for government affairs, says in the EWG’s statement on the initial list, “Chemicals that are so dangerous that they have been placed on the EPA’s top 10 list have no place being on the market.”
And, as we pointed out when the new law passed, the pace of evaluating the chemicals (a process that can stretch to five years and is only required to consider 20 chemicals at a time) is achingly slow, especially when compared to the thousands of chemicals in use every day in thousands of products. Our advice? Yet again, we urge consumers and manufacturers to lead the way in not using these chemicals. As the EWG’s Faber puts it, “Manufacturers should act now to replace these chemicals with safer alternatives.”