If you want to outfit your home with a minimum of environmental impact, then you want to avoid as much petroleum use as possible. And that doesn’t just mean getting a hybrid car and switching to alternative energy: Petroleum goes into everything from paraffin wax and Teflon to nail polish and plastic, according to Mother Nature Network. The easiest way to limit your use? Become a more conscious consumer and think twice before you buy anything new.
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- “Phthalates.” National Library of Medicine. (Mar. 25, 2013) http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/chemicals.php?id=24
- “6 Simple Steps to Avoid BPA and Phthaltes in Food.” Silent Spring. (Mar. 25, 2013) http://silentspring.org/pdf/our_research/six_steps.pdf
- “An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality: Formaldehyde.” United States Environmental Protection Agency. (Mar. 25, 2013) http://www.epa.gov/iaq/formaldehyde.html
- “8 Unexpected Places to Find Petroleum in Your Home.” Mother Nature Network. (Mar. 25, 2013) http://www.mnn.com/local-reports/illinois/local-blog/8-unexpected-places-to-find-petroleum-in-your-home