Laundry packet standard doesn’t go far enough

Laundry packet standard doesn’t go far enough

The convenience of laundry detergent packets has a dangerous downside: Tens of thousands of children have been exposed to the colorful, bite-sized packages since their introduction in 2012, leading to hundreds of hospital visits for injuries that include seizures, vomiting, and respiratory arrest. ASTM International, the non-profit standards-setting organization, is developing a voluntary standard designed to make the packets safer. Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, joined other consumer groups this week in casting a negative vote … (read more)

Kohler and American Standard lauded for good WaterSense

Kohler and American Standard lauded for good WaterSense

A little bathroom humor helped two toilet manufacturers win honors from the Environmental Protection Agency for advancing the agency’s WaterSense conservation program. American Standard and Kohler, which both have top-rated toilets in Consumer Reports tests, were credited for wacky blogs and public service campaigns that use a light-hearted approach to encourage consumers not to waste water.

Since the program began in 2006, WaterSense labeled products have helped Americans save 287 billion gallons of water and $ 4.7 billion in water and … (read more)