The infusion of antimicrobial materials into building products is on the rise. Manufacturers now routinely add substances such as nano-silver and the pesticide triclosan to paints, tiles and grouts, carpets, solid surfaces, faucets, elevator buttons and toilet seats. The dirty truth is: they do not make people healthier. They do cause environmental harm throughout their lifecycle. And their overuse, like the overuse of antibiotics, may contribute to the evolution of microbes that...
What's in Your Feedstock?
Some recycled ingredients are more toxic than the virgin materials they replace; some recycled ingredients are less toxic than the virgin materials they replace. HBN has teamed up with StopWaste and San Francisco Dept. of Environment to investigate the dominant recycled content feedstocks used in building materials. Phase one of a new report will be published later this year. Make sure you sign up to receive a copy.
Mr. Delma Bennett, a community leader from Mossville, LA, speaks to the connection between building products, their industrial origins and the health impacts felt by his community as part a panel at Greenbuild in New Orleans. The panel was chaired by HBN Board Member, George Salah.