Green Building business opportunities

Concerns over toxic substances — the new term seems to be "chemicals of concern" — in our everyday lives have been around since Rachel Carson penned "Silent Spring" more than a half-century ago. But getting the most problematic chemicals out of products and supply chains has been slow-going, especially as government regulation of such chemicals has been timid.

Wal-Mart announced a policy to require manufacturers of cosmetics and cleaning products to disclose ingredients in their products and remove priority hazardous chemicals. The company said it would start with 10 priority chemicals, although it isn't yet disclosing which ones, and some critics both praised the policy and pointed to its flaws. Target, for its part, announced a partnership with UL's GoodGuide to establish sustainability standards for some 7, 500 products, focusing on personal care and household cleaning products — "direct-exposure chemical products" with a strong focus on toxic or otherwise problematic ingredients.

These and other initiatives are aimed at driving manufacturers of these products to know more about the chemicals in their products, supply chains and buildings, be more transparent about what's in their products, avoid chemicals of concern, shift to inherently safer chemicals and commit to continuous improvement toward greener chemistry in their products.

The road ahead

This won't be easy. More than 85, 000 chemicals are in commerce in the United States alone, according to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, including 2, 500 "high production volume" (HPV) chemicals, manufactured at a rate of more than 1 million pounds annually. "Nearly 45 percent of these HPV chemicals [lack] adequate toxicological studies conducted to evaluate their health effects on humans and wildlife, " says DTSC. Further, about 2, 000 new chemicals are introduced into commerce annually in the United States — nearly six new chemicals every day.

Recent studies have shown that some of these chemicals can act as endocrine disruptors, affecting normal hormone function, and can do so at the parts-per-billion or parts-per-trillion level. And their effects can be transgenerational, persisting for decades.

State of Green Business: Chemical transparency creates a window of opportunity

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Q&A

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How do you remove the water-calcium build-up from glass and tiles in the bathrooms

I use a spray bottle with vinegar. It isn't the best smelling but works and is cheap. You can also soak your faucet heads/ shower heads in vinegar to take away calcium build up.

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What wall color should you paint your bathroom if your bathtub is olive green and the tile is a light yellow

I would do white for a very clean, fresh look. I would add in some black accents or accessories to balance it out. It will look great!
Make sure the fixtures are not too dated, or it will all look a little tired.
Think chic, classic London or NYC vintage apartment.