Thursday, January 4, 2018

Chemical Watch List: The Fight For Safer Consumer Products Is On!



The Environmental Protection Agency will indefinitely postpone bans on certain uses of three toxic chemicals found in consumer products, according to an update of the Trump administration’s regulatory plans. E.P.A. Administrator Scott Pruitt is “blatantly ignoring Congress’s clear directive to the agency to better protect the health and safety of millions of Americans by more effectively regulating some of the most dangerous chemicals known to man,” said Senator Tom Carper, Democrat of Delaware and the ranking minority member on the Senate Environment and Public Works committee. The proposed bans targeted methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP), ingredients in paint strippers, and trichloroethylene (TCE), used as a spot cleaner in dry-cleaning and as a degreasing agent.

Public health experts had been pushing for faster review of methylene chloride-based paint strippers after several deaths from inhalation, among them Kevin Hartley a young man who died at the age of 21 while working with a product that contains methylene chloride. Kevin’s story, powerfully relayed by his mother Wendy, illustrates the need to ban high-risk uses of this chemical. Follow this link to hear her account of the incident Wendy Hartley's Story

The state of California has taken matters into their owns hands when it comes to the use and regulation of methylene chloride in consumer products. The California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has proposed regulations to name paint strippers containing methylene chloride a "priority product". The move comes under the state's Safer Consumer Products (SCP) programme and is the next step in a process that could lead to the products being restricted or banned in California. The agency said it will accept written comments until 18 January, and will hold a public hearing on 8 January (Just days away). Once the regulation is finalized, manufacturers of such products sold in the state will have 60 days to register with the department and begin an analysis to determine if a safer alternative is possible.


The only safe alternatives we trust is strippers and removers from EZ Strip! They use water technology that changes the way paint strippers work so they don't release harmful toxic fumes into the air, or have toxic chemicals that can be absorbed by the skin. Safe consumer removal products is the only way companies should be doing business. The health and safety of people should always be first for more info on safe removal options visit EZstrip.ca

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ranking Retailers On Products They Sell With Toxic Chemicals



Are Your Favorite Retailers Taking Action on Toxics?


The report card on toxic chemicals in consumer products is in & the Mind The Store Campaign found one-third of 30 major U.S. retailers are leaders, but two-thirds are seriously lagging behind. When you walk into a trusted store, you expect the products on the shelves to be safe. But toxic chemicals are hiding in everyday products all around us like the cleaning & removal products we buy at the local hardware store for use in the home, shop, or garage. Here is how some of your favorite stops to shop ranked on the toxic product scale.

           


Doctors Are Sounding the Alarm


A growing body of science has linked exposure to toxic chemicals to health problems and diseases such as cancer, learning and developmental disabilities, and reproductive disorders. Although these chemicals come from multiple sources, many are present in the products we buy. Now more than ever, we need companies to step up and tackle toxic chemicals. Cancer cases and infertility rates are soaring—and scientists agree that exposure to toxic chemicals from various sources can contribute. 

Calling All Change-Makers


It's time retailers put the interests of our families' health above the special interests of chemical corporations. Big retailers can innovate to reduce or eliminate toxic chemicals from the products they carry and safeguard our health. As a consumer, you have ENORMOUS power. Big retailers care what YOU think. By using your purchase power only invest in products you know to be safe. Research items your not sure about before buying. Spending a little more time looking before buying can make your home a much safer place for you and your family.




Safer Removal Options Are Out There


There are companies doing their part to make safer removal options for consumers in some of the most hazardous sections of the hardware store. Paint strippers, glue removers and graffiti cleaners are some of the toughest products to find truly safe alternatives for. That's why EZ Strip has developed a whole line of strippers and removers that tackle these tough removal jobs and more with skin safe low VOC formulas that clean up with just water. For more info on EZ Strip products visit EZstrip.ca 

To get a the full retailers report card and learn more about your favorite shop stop follow this link Retailer Report Card   

Want to do more? Call on the stores where you shop to take the lead on making sure the products they sell are safe. Raise your voice! Tell Big Retailers: It’s time to eliminate toxic chemicals. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Public Paint Stripping Hazards: City to Foot Bills for Children's Chemical Burns


The city of Lewiston, Idaho has decided to pay the medical bills for children from two families who suffered chemical burns last month at Pioneer Park when city employees neglected to supervise toxic paint stripper that was applied to graffiti.

According to police reports and tort claims filed by Katie Giolitti and Jennifer Kaufman the incident happened near the drinking fountain at the Pioneer Park restrooms. Kaufman and her husband, Joe Kaufman (the city's storm water engineer), had brought their children and Giolitti's children to the park for a play date when the children needed to use the restroom.

While Kaufman was helping another child get a drink in the fountain, one of her 1-year-old twin daughters slipped and fell in the paint stripper, coating her upper leg with the chemical. The Giolittis' 6-year-old daughter also stepped in the chemical and began to complain that her foot burned. "There was a soapy substance on the cement near the water fountain with an A-frame type sign over it," Kaufman wrote in her claim. "There was nothing indicating it was a hazardous substance."

Kaufman scooped up her daughter and led the other child to the nearby fountain to rinse them off while someone called 911. She realized that the skin on her arm also was burning from coming into contact with the paint stripper while carrying her daughter.

She said the insurance company indicated that her claim was initially denied because city parks are "at your own risk" facilities, but she rejected that reasoning because caustic substances aren't something a reasonable person would expect to be present at a city park. City Manager Jim Bennett said "I determined that in this instance, it was the best action the city could take to pay the medical expenses for these families."

Parks and Recreation Director Tim Barker said the seasonal employees involved in the incident had tried other methods of removing the graffiti before resorting to the powerful paint stripper. They applied a thick layer to the concrete, placed the sandwich-style barricade over it, and were instructed to supervise the site, he said. But the employees left to clean nearby parks department vehicles, according to the incident report. For full article follow link http://lmtribune.com/northwest/city-to-foot-bills-for-children-s-chemical-burns/article_010168bc-dddc-5f80-9974-2eebf8d45893.html

Using toxic caustic paint stripping products in public places poses high risk to the public and city workers have other non toxic paint removal options available to them. Using a non toxic paint stripper like EZ Strip Paint & Varnish Stripper or EZ Strip All Purpose Remover to remove graffiti allows for an effective removal with no hazards to the public or the environment. EZ Strip paint removal products are skin safe, low VOC, biodegradable, and clean up with just water. So you get all the power you need to strip paint without the high health hazard risks.

Visit EZstrip.ca for more product details and where to buy today!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Environmental Impact: What Effect Does Paint Stripping & Refinishing Chemicals Have On Our Ozone?


No matter if your stripping paint for home improvement, have a refinishing hobby, own and operate a professional refinishing business, or provide a professional coating stripping service the chemicals involved can be hazardous and cause significant impact on the environment. Replacing solvent-based paint strippers with non-hazardous alternatives can reduce your environmental impact and reduce hazardous waste generated during your stripping project.

Many paint strippers are solvent-based, and contain chemicals that are dangerous to humans. Some are flammable, and most can cause water and air pollution if not handled properly. Toxic chemicals in paint strippers may include Methylene chloride (also called dichloromethane, or DCM), methyl ethyl ketone (or 2-Butanone), acetone, toluene, methanol, N-methyl pyrrolidone (NMP), or xylene. These chemicals contain high levels of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). Paint products being stripped also contain VOCs. VOCs react with oxygen and cause damage to the ozone layer. The damage is thought to be a contributory factor to global warming as part of the greenhouse effect. 

The ozone layer, which has been recovering slowly since the Montreal Protocol (1987) banned CFC gases, is again threatened, this time by chemical compounds used in paint strippers. Levels of Methylene chloride (DCM) are rapidly increasing in the stratosphere, threatening to delay the return to normal of the ozone layer alerts the study published in Nature Communications. Source - https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15962 Although “modest at present, the impact of DCM on the ozone has grown significantly in recent years,” writes the team of American and British researchers. “Continued growth would offset some of the gains made by the Montreal Protocol,” they add.


The ozone layer forms a gaseous shield, between 10 and 50 km altitude, protecting the Earth from ultraviolet rays. A new study attempts to evaluate the damage caused by solvents for paints and varnishes. According to this research, the level of DCM in the stratosphere has almost doubled since 2004. If this growth were to continue, it could delay the recovery of ozone over Antarctica by more than a decade – where the “hole” was most alarming.

“We must act now to stop the emanations of DCM into the atmosphere if we want to avoid ruining 30 years of exemplary scientific and political action that has undoubtedly saved many lives,” said Grant Allen, an atmospheric physicist at the University of Manchester, in a commentary. Working on a restoration or refinishing project doesn’t need to mean poisoning yourself and the environment. Safer alternatives for stripping surfaces are available but some caution is required. You can find a lot of alternative choice strippers that claim they are safer than traditional chemical strippers and that is true. But the problem is they still pose health and environmental risks. 


EZ Strip Paint & Varnish Stripper is different from the other "safe alternatives" out there. The main active ingredient in EZ Strip strippers is Dibasic esters (DBEs). They do not absorb through skin and have low VOC properties. Instead of a chemical reaction that releases harmful vapors from the coating being stripped it simply breaks the bond between coating and surface so the paint or varnish can be removed easily without the release of VOCs. DBEs are water soluble and biodegradable which also reduce environmental impact. 


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Indoor Hobbies During The Cold Season: Safe Furniture Refinishing


 

When you hear furniture refinishing most people think you have to be outside, covered in safety equipment, have a lot of previous knowledge, and be really brave to touch that paint stripper or sand surfaces for hours. For most paint strippers that is true! But there is one company that totally changes the game on refinishing. Everything from the safety level, to clean up, to the way you strip furniture and other hard surfaces! EZ Strip Paint & Varnish Stripper is a skin safe low VOC stripper that cleans up with just water. You can use it indoors with just a few tools and no more "babysitting" the stripper! So lets get the facts straight on what is sitting on the shelf when you go to buy a paint of varnish stripper.

The Traditional Stripper 

The traditional stripper reacts in a few ways its important to take note of so you truly appreciate the difference. Traditional chemical strippers contain methylene chloride are very toxic and should only be used outdoors with chemical resistant gloves, your skin completely covered, eye protection, and the fumes either blowing away from you or use a supplied air respirator. These strippers when breathed in or absorb by the skin can cause severe burns, cancer, or cut the flow of oxygen from the brain resulting in death. They also chemically react with the coating being stripped so even the VOCs from the coating are being released into the air. With a rapid evaporation rate you have to constantly reapply working in small sections or "baby sit" so you don't damage the surface. Clean up is difficult to as the material removed has to be specially dispose of and surface needs to be treated with a second neutralizing product.

Greenwashing

You can find a lot of alternative choice strippers that claim they are safer than traditional strippers and that is true. But the problem is they still pose health risks people are not aware of. These strippers can be as dangerous in the fact they give you a false sense of safety so you don't use protective equipment and expose yourself to chemicals that can still cause harm. They use names that sound safe like back to nature or use terms that sound scientific like patented enviro science. But the truth is back to nature, soy & citrus based strippers contain NMP a reproductive toxin currently being investigated by the EPA as hazardous chemical for consumer use. Enviro science is a fancy word for Acetone a flammable chemical that can be breath in and absorbed through the skin with a health hazard rating of 2 (the same as methylene chloride).

How Is EZ Strip Different?

EZ Strip Paint & Varnish Stripper is different from the other "safe alternatives" out there. First safety, the main active ingredient in EZ Strip strippers is DBEs or Dibasic esters. They can be a mild skin irritant if you have sensitive skin but do not absorb through skin. Note always protect your eyes from splashes with any remover. DBEs have low VOC properties about the same as a low VOC interior paint so indoor use is truly a safe option. Next effectiveness or performance, NO babysitting needed. Now you can treat the whole surface and walk away! Set times do vary and are longer then traditional strippers but you don't have to stand over your project because the way EZ Strip works is different. Instead of a chemical reaction that releases the coatings vapors it simply breaks the bond between coating and surface so the paint or varnish can be removed easily. Clean up is now easy too, your removed material is safe to go in your regular garbage. DBEs are water soluble and biodegradable so you can rinse your tools right in the sink. Surfaces just need to be wiped down with a damp rag to finish no second product needed.    

How To Remove with EZ Strip

See EZ Strip in action with indoor removal methods and easy clean up. With transparent labeling, easy instructions, and low costs when compared to other alternative strippers EZ Strip gives you a fun, safe refinishing hobby for the cold season! Its also a great excuse to go antiquing for that really special piece of furniture you can breath new life into. 

Refinish Antiques 




Refinish Stairs




Refinish Stained Wood



Refinish Window Sills & Floors





Learn more about EZ Strip


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Monday, October 23, 2017

EPA 10 Toxic Threats: Cringe Worthy Consumer Use Chemicals Getting Industry Push Back


The Environmental Protection Agency has published a list of 10 toxic threats it will evaluate first under law passed last year intended to crack down on hazardous chemicals. They are among 90 chemicals identified by the agency that may harm children, damage nerve tissue, cause cancer, contaminate the environment, accumulate in the bloodstream or show up in consumer products. As the review begins, industry and other interest groups are urging the E.P.A. to limit any restrictions.

2 on the list we find of great concern because of the high concentration levels in readily accessible consumer products with poor warning and caution labels. Some products containing these chemicals actually claim to be safe alternatives giving the consumer a false sense of safety when using them! So what chemicals have us cringing to see industry push back?

Methylene Chloride

Where you may find it:Methylene chloride is used in pharmaceutical manufacturing and polyurethane foam manufacturing. It is also found in paint strippers, adhesives, metal cleaners, and aerosol solvents. Many products are sold at home improvement stores!

How it could hurt you: Exposure can harmthe central nervous system, with effects including dizziness, incapacitation and, sometimes, death. It is also linked to liver toxicity, liver cancer and lung cancer. It has been associated with dozens of deaths.The E.P.A., just days before the end of the Obama administration, proposed banning its useas a paint stripper because of these hazards.

Industry Intervention: W.M. Barr & Company, the largest national manufacturer of solvents, removers, fuels and cleaning products, asked the E.P.A. to withdrawits proposed rule to ban methylene chloride in paint stripper, arguing that its products do "not present an unreasonable risk." However paint strippers containing methylene chloride can have a concentration of up to 99% pure chemical and purchased off the shelf of most home improvement stores with little or no required safety knowledge provided and minimal hazard warnings on label. People are dying from this stuff!


N-Methylpyrrolidone

Where you may find it:N-Methylpyrrolidone is a solvent used in petrochemical processing. It can be found in plastics, paint, inks, enamels, electronics, industrial and consumer cleaning products, paint strippers, andarts and crafts materials

How it could hurt you:It may pose a particular risk to women who are pregnant or of childbearing age, according to studies on animals that suggestdelayed fetal development.

Industry intervention:  The NMP Manufacturers Group argues that the chemical "is used in many industry sectors, in varied processes," and that it would be "unworkable for industry and unworkable for EPA" to evaluate them all. However paint stripping companies are using this chemical as a solvent in there products most commonly soy and citrus based strippers marketing them as a safe alternative to methylene chloride giving the consumer a false sense of safety when using the product.

For the full list of E.P.A.'s Top 10 Toxic Threats, and Industry's Pushback follow this link:

If you are looking to use a paint stripping product and need a safe alternative that truly is as safe as it seems we recommend EZ Strip.

What is the difference between Traditional Paint Strippers and EZ Strip?

Traditional paint strippers initiate a chemical reaction that reacts with the coating being stripped releasing dangerous toxic off gasses and fumes into the air. The products and the residue are toxic should not be disposed of in household waste, flushed into water ways, or the sewer system including septic tanks. Impervious chemical resistant gloves and respirators must be worn to prevent toxic exposure. 

EZ Strip products react totally different by breaking the physical bond between the coating and the substrate actually lifting the coating from the surface. When paint is removed for example with EZ Strip, it is still paint as no chemical change has taken place. EZ Strip products are safe to use, completely free of toxic fumes, and skin safe. (Gloves recommended for prolonged use, always wear eye protection for any removal project.)

Unlike traditional strippers EZ Strip is neutralized with just water and residue can safely be flushed or disposed of in household trash saving money on trips to disposal sites.  

SAFETY WARNING! Lead Paint? Asbestos? If you're not sure test it before you remove it!

Visit our website http://www.ezstrip.ca/ for further details. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

How To Remove Popcorn Ceilings!



     Get rid of that bumpy lumpy painted ceiling that is impossible to clean and huge mess maker even if you just think about touching it! Now there is a dust free removal method that you can do yourself without the need to dry scrape, replace drywall, or have the surface professionally skim coated over. EZ Strip Popcorn Ceiling Remover is a specially formulated remover that penetrates through multiple paint layers and softens the texture underneath without damaging the surface. No matter the style of texture whether it has been sprayed on or hand applied EZ Strip can strip it! 





     You want to remove that textured ceiling but its been painted and using just water for the removal is not working! Now EZ strip has a dust free removal method for painted ceiling and wall textures that is so easy anyone can do it. EZ Strip Popcorn Ceiling Remover can remove multiple paint layers from a large variety of ceiling textures without damaging the drywall or other hard surfaces.

Remove these types of ceiling textures:

Spray & roll on textures, Splatter Knockdown, Orange Peel, Popcorn, Acoustic, Stipple, Cottage Cheese, Hand applied textures, Skip Trowel, Hawk and Trowel, Santa-Fe Texture, Double Skip, Swirl, Crows-foot Stomp, Rosebud Stomp, Stomp Knockdown, and More!

No matter the name, most of these textures are made with the same types of material and can be removed with EZ Strip Popcorn Ceiling Remover with the same method used in the video.

Coverage is 80 - 100 square feet per gallon depending on how many paint layers and the thickness of the texture being removed.

     If your concerned about your ceiling texture containing asbestos get it tested. You can get test kits at your local hardware store. EZ Strip Popcorn Ceiling Remover is a Low VOC skin safe removal formula that cleans up with just water making this a safe DIY friendly home improvement project!


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