Researchers find sunscreen becomes toxic when exposed to chlorine

June 30, 2017 by  
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Most of us are quick to reach for our sunscreen before heading outdoors in the summer , but that might not be a great idea – especially for swimmers. New research reveals that sunscreen becomes toxic when exposed to chlorine, sometimes resulting in kidney and liver dysfunctions, as well as nervous system disorders. The study, conducted by Lomonosov Moscow State University, was published in the journal Chemosphere . The researchers were reportedly stunned to discover that chlorine — a chemical commonly used in the US and UK to disinfect water by killing bacteria — breaks down suncream into other potentially-hazardous chemicals. Specifically, the ingredient Avobenzone is what breaks down into hazardous components when mixed with chlorinated water. As Phys.org reports , Avobenzone was approved by the FDA in 1988 due to its ability to absorb ultraviolet light by converting the energy of the light into thermal energy . Every year, it is regularly applied by millions of people worldwide — a fact which makes this finding so concerning. Related: Hawaii aims to ban coral reef-killing chemical sunscreens Dr. Albert Lebedev, the study’s author, said, “On the basis of the experiments one could make a conclusion that a generally safe compound transforms in the water and forms more dangerous products. In spite of the fact that there are no precise toxicological profiles for the most established products, it’s known that acetyl benzenes and phenols, especially chlorinated ones, are quite toxic .” Scientists are now looking into a suitable alternative for avobenzone that won’t break down when exposed to chlorination or bromination of fresh and sea water. “Studying the products of transformation of any popular cosmetics is very important as very often they turn out to be much more toxic and dangerous than their predecessors,” said Lebedeve. “In principle, basing on such researches, one could obtain results, which could restrict or even put under a ban the usage of one or another product, and preserve health of millions of people.” Via Express.co.uk , Phys Images via Pixabay , SheKnows

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Vegua lets you grow plants and clean your fish bowl at the same time

January 9, 2015 by  
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Ever thought of producing food with help of your pet fish? The Vegua enables you to grow herbs, vegetables and fruit in a creative and innovative way using the waste produced by your scaly companions. The clever design makes sure that your fish are living a happy life while making your food taste  better and grow faster. Modern food production methods don’t always take the environment into consideration. So when the folks behind the Vegua discovered  aquaponics , they had a great idea; why not combine the aquaponic concept in a compact design that can fit in any home? And on top of that, it also keeps your fish bowl clean without filters and chemicals. The Vegua is about to hit Kickstarter, but until then, you can learn more at Vegua’s website. + My Vegua The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to  see  your  story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following  this link . Remember to follow our  instructions  carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aquarium aquaponics , fish aquaponics , home aquaponics , in home aquaponics , kickstarter aquaponics , reader submissions inhabitat , vegua aquaponics , Vegua fishbowl , vegua system

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Rare Himalayan Goat Cloned To Produce More Cashmere and Pashmina Wool

March 19, 2012 by  
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Scientists from the animal biotechnology centre of  Sher-i-Kashmir University recently announced that they successfully cloned a female goat called Noori. Dwindling goat populations in the area have led to less wool production, hurting local industry, and it’s hoped that  Noori, which means “light” in Arabic , will help repopulate the species. While we’re not really convinced that playing with nature in order to make more cashmere and pashmina is a great idea, the project is an interesting breakthrough that could also help a hurting animal population. The initiative was funded by World Bank and was jointly worked by SKAUST and Karnal-based National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI). Read the rest of Rare Himalayan Goat Cloned To Produce More Cashmere and Pashmina Wool Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: goat clone , goat cloned , goat cloning , noori , Noori himalayan goat , Noori himalayan goat cashmere , Noori himalayan goat clone , Noori himalayan goat pashmere , Noori himalayan goat rare , Noori himalayan goat university

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Method Prototype Detergent Bottle Made of One-Quarter Ocean Gyre Recovered Plastic

September 16, 2011 by  
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Plastic monster on the beach. Image credit: Flickr , Genista What a great idea! From the Method company press release : “Method’s bottle is 100 percent post-consumer polyethylene, 25 percent of which is plastic collected from the Gyre. Partnering with Envision Plastics, one of the largest recyclers in the U.S., Method was able to make bottles out of a novel and potentially profound new plastic material — Ocean PCR.”… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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How can I reuse or recycle hairdressers/beauty salon aprons & smocks?

March 16, 2011 by  
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Jeri left a question on the Suggest an Item page: I work at a beauty salon and we just got new aprons so I collected all the old black ones and all the old polyester smocks that they were going to throw away. They were just putting them in the trash so I rescued them now what can I do with them?

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Fantastic reducing, reusing & recycling ideas from December

December 30, 2010 by  
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Last month one of the biggest discussion points was how to get into the habit of taking packed lunches ; this month it’s how to freshen up a tired winter coat . I only asked the question on Tuesday but we’ve already had some great responses – and an impromptu confessional session about the size of our wardrobes! Thanks to Jayne, Linda, bookstorebabe, Su and Alice! Unsurprisingly, we’ve been talking a lot about Christmas too – Anna suggested a great modern recycled gift wrap idea – using brown paper or foreign language newspapers while Pauline suggested decorating shoeboxes to reuse for gifts year after year. Cipollina posted a fun Christmas basket made from old Christmas cards and when it came to ideas for using up leftover turkey, I had the bookstorebabe at bacon croutons

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How can I reuse or recycle a broken plastic sledge?

December 29, 2010 by  
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We were walking in the woods down the road the other day when we got a bit overexcited – there was a plastic sledge in the undergrowth under a holly bush! We’re far too grown-up to buy a sledge for us to play with but a found one? weeeeeee! When we pulled it out, we found why it was under there – the plastic runners had snapped off and there were just holes the length of the sledge in their place. Cue two disappointed faces

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Our five favourite ways to use up leftover turkey

December 16, 2010 by  
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It’s easy to stop yourself from, say, cooking too much pasta or rice, but it’s harder to cook just the right amount of turkey since they’re a fixed (or at least minimum) size.

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How can I reuse or recycle split plastic dustbins?

December 15, 2010 by  
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Philip Mitchell Graham has left quite a few comments on the Suggest an item page recently so I guess I should start making my way through his ideas! First up: Old split plastic rubbish bins. I used one as a liner in an old metal rubbish bin

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Sandia’s researchers develop solar energy production forecasting system

September 30, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Researchers develop a system to predict solar energy production variability. Harnessing solar energy with photovoltaic panels is a great idea, but the changing weather stands as a major hurdle in its way.

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