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CFCCC Resource Guide

MCS - Chemical Sensitivity

MCS

(Books, Home Supplies, Organic Foods, Clothing, Products, Safe Travel Lodgings, Services & Information)

 

Books

 

“Green This! Volume 1: Greening Your Cleaning,” by Deirdre Imus. Available at Amazon.com

 

“Naturally Clean: The Seventh Generation Guide to Safe & Healthy, Non-Toxic Cleaning,” by Jeffrey Hollender. Available at Amazon.com

 

Home Supplies

 

A list of supplies that help reduce waste and chemicals in your home, by Linda Mason Hunter, as published in Better Homes & Gardens, August, 2007.

 

1. Paper products. When shopping for paper goods, choose those with the highest “post consumer waste” content you can find, either unbleached or whitened without chlorine;

2. Candles. Replace paraffin candles, which are made from crude oil, with cleaner-burning soy or beeswax ones.

3. Trash bags. Select biodegradable bags or those made with at least 65% recycled content.

4. Light bulbs. Compact fluorescent bulbs use one-quarter of the energy of incandescent bulbs and last ten times longer.

5. Reusable cloths. Flannel cloths, for dusting or wet cleaning, can be washed and reused.

6. Natural scrubbers. Try cellulose or natural sea sponges instead of plastic ones. Old toothbrushes come in handy for cleaning grout.

7. Cleaning Products

a. Polishing wood: Choose a vegetable-based soap to polish wood floors and furniture, such as Murphy’s Oil Soap;

b. Dish detergent: Choose detergents free of chlorine, phosphates, and synthetic chemicals, such as Ecover Automatic Dishwasher Powder (available at shopnatural.com); Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Dish Soap (mrsmeyers.com); Seventh Generation dish & laundry soap.

c. Surface cleaners: Shaklee Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate (Shaklee.com)

d. Scouring powder: Bon Ami

e. Whiten surfaces: Jason Heather’s Oxygen Bleach Cleanser (vitacost.com)

8. Mix your own cleaners:

Basic Ingredients:

a.    Baking Soda. This works best on proteins, grease, and animal messes. Because it’s slightly abrasive, it can be used for scouring, and it’s a natural deodorizer.

b.    Distilled White Vinegar. This mild acid works alkaline substances, dissolving scale, inhibiting mold, and cutting soap scum. It’s terrific for stains such as coffee, rust, and tea.

c.    Castile Soap. Try castile soap, made with olive oil, or a vegetable-based soap. Both attach to soil at the molecular level, so you can rinse dirt away with water.

Recipes:

a.    Soft Scrub: Add enough soap to 1/8 cup baking soda to make a creamy mixture. Apply with sponge to clean; rinse the surface well. Use and discard.

b.    Appliance Cleaner: Dry baking soda shines up small appliances and even removes bread wrappers burned onto the toaster. Try rubbing a teaspoon onto your grubby blender or food processor with a clean flannel cloth.

c.    Toilet Cleaner/Deodorizer: Sprinkle toilet bowl with ¼ cup baking soda. Drizzle with ¼ vinegar, then scour with a toilet brush.

d.    Oven Cleaner: Sprinkle oven with ½ cup baking soda (more if needed) and spray with water. Let sit for several hours or overnight before scraping up stains and spills. Rinse thoroughly with water.

e.    Hardwood Floor Cleaner: In a pail or bucket, mix ¼ cup distilled white vinegar in one gallon warm water. Mop wood or linoleum floors, and then rinse with water, making sure not to leave large pools to dry.

 

Organic Foods

(also see “Food & Other Sustenance” for other organic food stores)

 

Angelic Organics

Fresh vegetables grown to strict organic standards delivered to your door.

1547 Rockton Road
Caledonia, IL 61011-9572
Phone: 815-389-2746
Fax: 815-389-31061547 Rockton Road
www.angelicorganics.com

 

Whole Foods Market

Organic and natural foods grocery store.

(See complete listing of store locations in “Food & Other Sustenance”)

 

Wild Oats

Organic and natural foods grocery stores.

 

1111 Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 475-9492

www.wildoats.coop

 

500 E. Ogden Ave.,

Hinsdale, IL, 60521
Ph: 630-986-8500

Fax: 630-986-8588
Hours: Monday-Sunday, 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

 

Clothing

 

Organic clothing & accessories for men & women

Kasper Organics
Van Nuys, CA 91401

Phone: 818-988-3924
Toll Free: 1-866-913-5234 
Email: kasperorg@earthlink.net

http://www.kasperorganics.com/index.html

 

Products

 

Allen’s Naturally

Laundry and cleaning supplies chemical and fragrance free

P.O. Box 514

Farmington, MI 48332-0514
Phone: 1-800-352-8971  

http://allensnaturally.com/

 

Allergy Asthma Technology Ltd.

Their product guide features medically tested and approved allergy and asthma prevention products.

 

8224 Lehigh Avenue

Morton Grove, IL 60053

Ph: 800-621-5545

support@allergyasthmatech.com

Website: http://www.allergyasthmatech.com

 

Allergy Control Products, Inc.

 

Products that can eliminate allergy‑causing substances.

 

96 Danbury Road

Ridgefield, CT 06877

Ph: 800-255-3749

fax 203-431-8963

Email: info@allergycontrol.com

Website: http://www.allergycontrol.com

 

Allergy Research Group

Products & news

Phone: 1-800-545-9960

http://www.allergyresearchgroup.com/

Aubrey Organics

Natural Hair, Skin, and Body Care
4419 N. Manhattan Avenue
Tampa, FL 33614

1-800-282-7394

http://www.aubrey-organics.com/index.cfm

 

The American Environmental Health Foundation

Catalog of environmentally safe products

http://www.aehf.com/

 

Blessed Earth

Organic cotton clothing for adults and kids

http://www.blessedearth.com.au/

 

BreatheFree.com

Allergy, asthma, and health care products.

 

12611 Hidden Creek Way, Suite E

Cerritos, CA 90703

Ph: 877-374-0344

Website: http://www.breathefree.com

 

Eco-Wise

Non-toxic everything store
110 West Elizabeth
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 512-326-4474

http://www.ecowise.com/index.php

 

Elysian Dream

Organic Skincare
13827 39th Dr
Marysville, WA 98271
877-850-2341

info@elysiandream.com

 

The Environmental Illness Resource

List of products and reviews

http://www.ei-resource.org

 

Fisher Henney Naturals

Organic cotton, untreated clothes.

Website: http://www.vitalbodies.com/4/total/fisher_henney.shtml

 

E. L. Foust Co., Inc.

Air purifiers, water filters, HVAC filters, low odor paints, sealers, cleaning supplies, biodegradable oil, face masks, books, videos.

754 Industrial Dr.
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126

1-800-353-6878 (US & Canada)
www.foustco.com

 

Furnature™ Showroom

Organic furniture, pillows, beds and fabrics

86 Coolidge Avenue
Watertown, Massachusetts 02472

Phone: 1-800-326-4895

http://www.furnature.com/index.html

 

Green Living Now™, LLC
Organic and natural product store for humans and pets

PO Box 158
Huntington, VT 05462.

Phone: 1-888-GREEN08 -- 1-888-473-3608

http://www.greenlivingnow.com/index.htm

 

www.rochestermidland.com/division/institut/ghouse.html


Healthy Green Goods

Eco-friendly, toxin-free products for your home, body & future.

702 Main Street
Evanston, IL 60202
847-864-9098

http://www.healthygreengoods.com/

 

Janice's

Environmentally safe clothing, linens, and other home furnishings.

198 Route 46

Budd Lake, NJ 07828

800-526-4237

fax: 973-691-5459

e-mail: Jswack@worldnet.att.net

www.janices.com

 

Gary Lang, Makura Miracle Pillow ™

3032 N Sheri St
Orange, CA 92865

Phone: 714-530-3300

http://makura.com/lang/?jacki@ourlittleplace.com

 

Lifekind Products

Chemical free beds, organic mattresses and bedding. Call to find out about the chemicals in your current mattress.


PO Box 1774
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Ph: 800-284-4983

Website: www.organicmattresses.com

 

The Living Source

Personal care, vitamins, building supplies and water filtration with low toxicity levels

Phone: 1-254-776-4878

www.livingsource.com

 

Naturally Clean

Cleaning service using non-toxic, natural cleaning products. Both residential and commercial cleaning; daily, weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly cleaning services.

2916 North 76th Court
Elmwood Park, IL 60707

Ph: 708-453-6990

www.naturallyclean.com

 

Naturepedic

Children organic and natural bedding

800-91-PEDIC (800-917-3342)

http://www.naturepedic.com/

 

Natures Paint Store, Inc.

Organic paint

3455 N.E. 12 Terrace # 4

Fort Lauderdale FL 33334

Phone: (954) 630-3001

http://www.naturespaintstore.com/

 

Patagonia

Uses organic cotton in clothing. Write, call, or use the website to request a catalog.

Patagonia Mail Order
8550 White Fir St.
P.O. Box 32050
Reno, NV 89523-2050

Ph: 800-638-6464

Fax: 800-543-5522

Website: http://www.patagonia.com

 

Refreshingly Free

Natural and fragrance free products

http://www.refreshinglyfree.com/

 

Shaklee Independent Distributor

Natural, environmentally friendly nutrition, personal care, and household products

Phone: 1-800-377-0607

http://www.shaklee.net/lookandfeelyounger/main

 

TerrEssentials

Natural and organic personal care products

2650 Old National Pike

Middletown, MD 21769-8817

Phone: 1-301 371-7333

http://www.terressentials.com/

 

Umugisha, Inc.

HEPA Air Filters
5795 Bellingrath way
Lithonia, GA 30058
Phone: 1-877-733-7359

http://www.umugisha.com/index.html

 

 

Safe Travel Lodgings

 

Hotel Arista

2139 CityGate Lane
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 579-4100
Non-toxic cleaning products, “green” rooms. Call ahead because they do use Tide and Downey in their laundry.

 

Country Life Bed & Breakfast

A green haven for travelers with environmental sensitivities.  Innkeepers Wendy and Richard Duvall, who are also MCS sufferers, eschew scented laundry and household cleansers for vinegar, baking soda and other natural commodities, and offer guests hypo-allergenic pillows and mattress covers.  67 Tabor Road, Greenwich, NY 12834; (518) 692-9203

www.countrylifebb.com 

 

Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport

Now has two Enviro-Rooms available for those with asthma or allergies. Contact below for more information.

O’Hare Intl Airport, PO Box 66414, Chicago, Illinois 60666
773-686-8000

Fax: 773-601-2873

(See also the Safer Travel Directory)

 

Marriot Brand Lodgings are smoke-free as of September, 2007

(including Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn, TownePlace Suites and Marriott ExecuStay.)

Reservations in the USA & Canada:
888-236-2427 toll-free

www.marriott.com/suggest/suggest.mi

 

 

Safer Travel Directory

Green Lodging Directory for the Health Conscious and Chemically Sensitive

http://www.safertraveldirectory.com/

Site features free housing ads

Order the 2007 - 2008 Safer Travel Directory, pay $17.00 for USA/Canadian destinations and $23.00 for International destinations

Or: Order by check/money order
Send check or money order (US funds only) payable to:
Christie Parkhurst
P.O. Box 848393
Pembroke Pines, FL 33084

 

 

Services & Information

 

Allergen Sampling & Analysis

Luke Curtis

MS in CIH (Certified in Industrial Health)

1328 Greenwood

Wilmette, IL 60091

(847) 256-3562

cell ph: (847) 769-4768

lukecurtis@aol.com

$350 for Mold Test; results back in one week.

 

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

85 West Algonquin Road, Suite 550

Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Locate an allergist near you on their website, or call 1-800-842-7777

Website: http://www.acaai.org/

 

American Lung Association

Information available on ways to keep indoor air clean and how to build a healthy home.

61 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10006

Ph: 212-315-8700, 800-586-4872

Email: info@lungusa.org

Website: http://www.lungusa.org

 

Advanced Foil Systems, Inc.

Provides non-toxic barriers for your home

820 S. Rockefeller Ave

Suite A

Ontario, California 91761

Phone: 1-800-421-5947

http://www.afs-foil.com/

 

Environmental Health Center of the National Safety Council

Conducts a variety of outreach and education activities on air quality issue.

A Division of the National Safety Council
1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1200,

Washington, DC 20036

Ph: 202-293-2270, 800-557-2366

Fax: 202-293-0032

Website: http://www.nsc.org/ehc.htm

 

Environmental Health Clearinghouse

Provides substantive information and key documents on a variety of environmental health issues.

Website: http://infoventures.com/e-hlth/

 

Environmental Education and Health Services, Inc.  

“HOUSE DOCTORS”

Has done research on electric and magnetic fields, among other things.

PO Box 92004

Austin, TX 78709-2004

Ph: 512-288-2369

Fax: 512-288-9538

 

Generation Green/Center for Environmental Health

Advocate for policies that protect children. Has a recommended reading list for children and tapes with environmental messages, some adult books. Sells books for children, t-shirts, and reusable shopping bags with Generation Green logo.

PO Box 7027

Evanston, IL 60201

Ph: 800-652-0827

Email: info@generationgreen.org

Website: www.generationgreen.org

 

Green Building Supply

Natural and non-toxic building materials

508 N. 2nd Street

Fairfield, Iowa 52556

Phone: 1-800-405-0222

http://www.greenbuildingsupply.com/Public/Home/index.cfm

 

The Greener Cleaner

Quality dry-cleaning, naturally. Has pickup and delivery service.

Ph: 773-784-8429

Toll free 888-875-8345.

Delivery service area runs from the South Loop in Chicago to Wilmette. If you live outside our delivery area, please call and we will evaluate expanding our route.

http://www.greenercleaner.net

 

Chicago/Edgewater

5312 N. Broadway

Chicago, IL

Ph: 773-271-8350

 

Green Seal

Green Seal is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to safeguarding the environment and transforming the marketplace by promoting the manufacture, purchase, and use of environmentally responsible products and services.

1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 827
Washington, DC 20036-5525

Phone: 202-872-6400
Fax: 202-872-4324

Email: greenseal@greenseal.org

http://www.greenseal.org

 

Healthy Building Network

Bill Walsh

National Coordinator

2425 18th Street NW

Washington, DC 200009

Ph: 202-232-4108

Fax: 202-332-0463

Website: www.healthybuilding.net

 

Healthy House Institute

Designed to help you improve your home's interior environment, especially its indoor air quality. Articles available on their web site.

430 North Sewell Rd.
Bloomington, IN 47408
Ph/Fax: 812-332-5073

Email: healthy@bloomington.in.us
Website: http://www.hhinst.com

 

Indoor Environmental Diagnostics

Offers on-site inspection to determine quality of air and presence of toxic chemicals, mold, carbon monoxide, radon, and electromagnetic radiation.

 

Barbara Bobbitt, Environmental Consultant

393 Duane St. #204

Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

630-545-0997

630-601-9158 cell

www.iediagnostics.com

 

MCSA News

Online newsletter with pertinent MCS stories and research.

Available as PDF or web version.

http://mcs-america.org/

 

MCS Housing

This site lists housing info, mostly in the Southwest. http://www.healsoaz.org/housing.htm

Quail Haven, a planned MCS community 30 miles from Tucson, often has housing for sale. Contact Diane Ensign at 520.825.7273

 

 

N.E.E.D.S. (National Ecological and Environmental Delivery System)

Products for chemically sensitive persons.

527 Charles Avenue, Suite 12-A

Syracuse, NY 13209

Ph: 800-634-1380

Website: www.needs.com

 

Vitamins, supplements, health and beauty aids, and domestics.

P.O. Box 580th Avenue

East Syracuse, NY 13057

Ph: 800-634-1380

Website: http://www.needs.com

 

Pacifica Furniture Co. (formerly Realmuto Furniture Works)

Builds non-toxic furniture from scratch.

2023 W. Carroll Ave Suite C-205
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 685-5503

 

Swartzhoff Cleaners

600 W. Oakton

Evanston, IL 60602

847-328-3110

Solvent used to dry clean clothing is allowed to dry out completely before returning to customer.

 

Texans for Environmental Health

Austin, TX

(512) 444-5162

website: txeh.org

e-mail: info@txeh.org

(was the Environmental Health League) is a non-profit organization that helps MCS people.

 

Toxic Free North Carolina

Organization whose goal is to rid North Carolina of pesticide pollution.

toxicfreenc.org

919-833-5333

Toll-Free in NC: 1-877-NO-SPRAY (1-877-667-7729)

info@toxicfreenc.org