Green Housing


Chemicals to Avoid
Avoid products and cleaning methods that contain bisphenol A (BPA), perchloroethylene (PERC), perfluorochemicals (PFCs), pesticides, phosphate, phthalates, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, triclosan, and volatile organic compounds, such as products made with poly-vinyl chloride (PVC), products with "fragrance", oil based paint, antibacterial products, chlorine and petroleum-based chemicals.


  • If plastics must be used, look on the bottom of the plastic item to see what type of plastic it is; numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5 are better than 3, 6 and 7.
  • BPA - which has been found to cause health risks such as diabetes, heart problems, cancer and infertility in adults and lower concentration, learning and emotional control issues in young children – is in plastic baby bottles and sippy cups, plastic water and sport bottles, plastic food containers, plastic wrap, lining of canned goods and cashier receipts.