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SPARK*: "What are pounds of toxic flame-retardants doing in my furniture?"

Green Drinks NYC

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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SPARK* events encourage learning and networking in an intimate setting of 50 professionals.  This series is focused around sparking conversation, ideas, dialog & connections around a specific green-related topic chosen for the evening.

Come to network with your peers and hear from our featured speaker.

$25 in advance. $35 at the door.

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 "What are pounds of toxic flame-retardants doing in my furniture?"

Featuring Michael Green, Executive Director, Center for Environmental Health and Robin Guenther, Principal, Perkins + Will

Today's industries use over 80,000 chemicals, and they create thousands more each year. Before using new chemical concoctions and releasing them into the world, companies are not required to prove that the chemicals are safe. It's true: Industries create new chemicals. They use them. Then we all wait to find out if these chemicals make us sick. Many people have heard of Bisphenol A, or BPA, because of its hormone-like properties and its link to a myriad of diseases like cancer and reproductive disorders. Seemingly overnight baby bottles, sippy cups, and hiker's nalgene bottles were labeled BPA-free. But what are companies replacing it with?
A recent study showed that many "BPA-Free" products have the same hormone-mimicking properties that they had when made with BPA. In other words, it appears that industry has simply replaced BPA with other unregulated chemicals that may have the same harmful impacts on our children's health.  This is a toxic shell game that impacts millions of families, a game of chemical sleight-of-hand that puts our children and families at risk from thousands of potentially hazardous and almost completely unregulated substances.
BPA is only one example of this toxic shell game. Come find out where else people are playing the toxic shell game and how you can avoid it.
Welcome by Tucker Robbins, held at his non-toxic showroom!
 mike greenrobin

Michael Green, MPP, MS, is Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Health (CEH)which he founded in 1996. As Director of CEH (www.ceh.org), he has been a leader in national efforts to protect children and families from lead and other toxic chemicals in consumer products, and from illnesses related to pollution in our air, water and food.  CEH is a leading advocate for comprehensive chemical policy, and has been hired by both corporations and government agencies to design policies that will protect the public from exposure to toxic chemicals.


Robin Guenther - As a principal and an expert in green healthcare design, Robin is strong advocate for linking public health, regenerative design and sustainability. Robin is particularly skilled at achieving consensus for sustainable ideas, a quality valued by clients as well as the many advocacy groups with whom she works. Her built work has helped shape healthier, more welcoming facilities for nearly every major medical institution in New York City.

tucker  Tucker Robbins is a modern furniture designer that successfully marries great design with authentic tradition.  By incorporating natural and salvaged pieces in modern designs with ancient skills of traditional people, he is able to bring green living to new heights.  Tucker has been designing timeless peices of beautiful furniture for over 25 years.

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When & Where

Tucker Robbins - New York Design Center
200 Lexington Ave
Suite 504
New York, NY

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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Since 2002, Green Drinks NYC has been hosting lively monthly networking events to connect and unite the environmental community of New York.  These events are friendly and upbeat.  Many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, and had moments of serendipity. It's a force for the good spreading to over 700 cities around the world!

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