START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

articles by: Andrew Peterson

Stay Cool in the Summer Heat

My wife and I were camping last year around this time. On our first morning, we decided to go for a "short" walk to acclimate to the wilderness. It was a beautiful morning. The weather was perfect. We…


Green Tips from Bill Trash

Every month I carefully set aside the bills until they all arrive. Then I ignore them for as long as I can. Eventually my conscience starts to get the better of me. "Don't let the checks be late. …


Vinyl Shower Curtains are Oh, So Toxic

I will never forget the scene in the movie "Psycho" when a woman is showering in her motel room and Norman Bates sneaks in, rips open the shower curtain and stabs the woman to death--the scene was and…


Is Your Paint Making You Sick?

I've had to tell our Facilities Department not to paint inside our buildings during work hours. Every time this has happened, one or more employees in the area leave work immediately because of the sm…


4 Ways to Be Safer

Are you prepared if there is an emergency in your community? The National Safety Council, American Heart Association and American Red Cross have teamed up to sponsor National Safety Month. These or…


Protecting Yourself from Your Furniture

I love my couch. I’ve spent many an hour with my butt firmly planted on the flame retardant treated foam cushions. It is a sectional couch with a "chez" lounge (spelled chaise by people other than m…


Hazardous Flame Retardants in Furniture

The company I work for eliminated Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (or PBDEs) from the electronic products we sell because of an environmental law passed in Europe banning these substances. The company…


Drop, Cover and Hold

My wife was on the phone when the earthquake hit. She was talking to a friend living in San Francisco, about 30 minutes north of our house. “Oh my God, earthquake,” my wife exclaimed into the phone.…


Fire Safety in the Home

The smoke detector in my house has been sitting on a garage shelf for a month now. Every time I pass, it silently calls to me, "Buy a new battery for me and put me back into service." So far, I have…


Bury Hazardous Waste in the Backyard?

A co-worker of mine recently asked me how to dispose of an old container of perchloroethylene that had been collecting dust in his garage. My co-worker was responsible enough to properly dispose of t…


about Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with over 10 years of experience working in the environmental and occupational health field. In addition to writing, he is currently the Environment, Health and Safety Manager for a medium-sized company that has been voted one of Fortune Magazine’s Best Places to Work For and one of CRO Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens. He lives in California with his wife and adopted pound puppy.

meet our writers

Healthy Living Editors

Healthy Living offers more than 10,000 ways for you to improve your life, your home, your community, and even the world. From the latest healthy and... more

people are talking

Thank you for sharing. I love to support local growers and other local businesses.

@Maggie W., I don't mean to criticize (ironic, right?) but if you're talking about a genuinely ab…

Dried fruit is always available for me to snack on. Figs and apricots are my favourites.

All plants are living things and each is different - treat accordingly.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!