Posts Tagged ‘remodeling’

Link between Autism and vinyl floors?

Certainly more research is needed, but a Swedish study concluded that an infant/toddler with vinyl flooring in their bedrooms were twice as likely to have autism 5 years later than those with wood or linoleum flooring. For parents who smoked, autism rates were also twice as those who’s parents did not smoke. More research is absolutely needed, but interesting nonetheless. 
Vinyl can emit phthalates, which are chemicals used to make soft plastic that have also been connected to allergies and asthma. The scientists, lead by Carl-Gustav Bornehag of Karlstad University in Sweden, call the data “far from conclusive” and say further studies with a larger group of children are needed to confirm a link.

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Granite Countertops May Be Radioactive

I came across this article today, though had seen similar mentions in the last few days. Granite countertops have been detected as having high levels of radon — enough to potentially contaminate the air quality of your home. A home radon detection kit may help you determine if your family is at risk. I am also very glad I did not go for granite in my kitchen!

So what types of counter tops are safe? Many formica countertops have a laminate over particle board and particle board is known to emit gases like formaldahyde. So that’s not great news either.

A friend of mine poured concrete countertops — durable, modern and non-toxic. They loved them.

There are several other eco-friendly options here including recycled glass, end-grain bamboo, recycled paper, sustainable wood, and recycled aluminum. Personally, I would avoid the aluminum as it has its own issues (ie, may be linked to Alzhiemer’s).

Other options are Enviroglas, Lithistone, Syndecrete and IceStone.

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