Sebastopol Toxics Education Program (STEP)

Online Index to Past Issues of The Next STEP




The Next STEP newsletter provides empowering information about how to avoid everyday toxics and choose healthier alternatives. It's your friendly guide to less-toxic, earth-healthy living!

Produced by citizen volunteers, this newsletter implements the Sebastopol Toxics Education Program (STEP), an innovative City program to reduce toxic use and exposure in Sebastopol, thus creating a healthier and safer town for everyone.

This newsletter is sent bi-monthly to all City residents in their water bills. It's also available online (see below), and you can sign up to receive email alerts when new issues are posted (see our Email List Signup page).

You can read more about the project on our About STEP page and STEP History and Design pages. I hope you find this information interesting and useful!




Here's how you can access The Next STEP newsletter online

The Recent Issues page describes and offers links to our most recent issues.

Our handy index by topic (below) makes it easy for you to look up a question you have about a specific toxic or alternative.

NOTE:
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The most recent issues are also listed on the City of Sebastopol website at www.ci.sebastopol.ca.us/Connect-With-Us/Newsletters/Toxics-Education-Program-(STEP).

We welcome your questions, feedback, and suggestions for future articles.

I also want to thank the City Council and City staff for their work in making The Next STEP possible, and Jim Gleaves for his editorial assistance with this project.

Best regards -

Patricia Dines
Writer, Editor, Public Speaker, & Graphic Artist
Editor & Graphic Designer, The Next STEP

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USING THIS STEP ONLINE INDEX

Now it's even easier to find the information that will help you create a healthier, less-toxic home for yourself and your loved ones. And, when you do this, you help create a healthier world for everyone!

  • What toxic products should you consider avoiding?
  • What are the actual health and environmental risks from these products?
  • What are the viable less-toxic (and often less-costly) alternative approaches you can use?

This index to past issues of The Next STEP newsletter helps you find out!

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Note: This Index is current through the XVII/4 (July/August 2017) issue.

Topic

Volume/Issue

2,4-D (herbicide)

I/4

ADD/ADHD, toxics, and mainstream food

X/5, VIII/5, V/5, III/3. Also see Autism below.

Air fresheners, healthy

V/5, VII/2 (Also see Perfumes, toxics in)

Allergies and colds, could the symptoms be from pesticide exposure?

VIII/2

Animals hurt by toxics (wild creatures)

IX/2.
Also see Bees, Birds, Pets, Wildlife, Seafood and Sea Creatures, and Christmas plants toxicity.

Ammonia (problems)

II/1

Ants

I/4, I/5, IV/6, VII/1, XVII/1.

Aphids

I/5

Arsenic in our drinking water

XIII/2

Art supplies and cleanup, toxics and options

XVI/2, XVI/3

Assessing and prioritizing your toxics reduction
See Toxics, Assessing and Toxics, Prioritizing reduction.

Autism and toxics

IX/2. Also see ADD above.

Baking soda (less-toxic cleanser)

IX/5. Also see Cleansers below.

Batteries (toxicity, recycling)

I/6 (Update on this topic: Officials now say that no batteries should go in the trash and are considered toxic waste), IV/4, VII/4, XV/6

Beauty products, toxics, regulation

X/5, XIV/3, XIV/5. Also see Perfumes & Scents.

Bees (threatened by toxics, essential for food supply and nature's functioning)

VII/4 (To see this article as a webpage, click here), XIII/4

Birds (threatened by toxics, what we can do)

XIV/5

Bhopal, India (toxics release, harm)

VI/5, VIII/6

Biodegradable Resolution (City)

II/1

Blackberries (cut back in winter, tip)

VI/2, XIII/5

Body burden, toxics found in our bodies

II/5, III/3, XI/1, XII/4, XV/4

Body care products, toxics in, disposal

XIV/4, XV/5. Also see Beauty.

Borax (less-toxic cleanser)

II/4

Boric acid (less-toxic insecticide)

VII/1. XVII/1

BPA, toxic in many household items

XIV/2

Broom, Scotch

See Scotch Broom

Bug repellants, toxic and less-toxic options
II/5, III/4, VI/4, XVI/4. And see Catnip for mosquitoes.

Building, ecological

See Green Building

California Healthy Schools Act

I/2, II/5 (To see these articles and more, click here.)

California regulation of toxics

See Government policy.

Cancer and pesticides

See Pesticides & Health (cancer) below

Carpenter Bees

XII/2

Carwash (soapy water harms environment; options)

VII/4

Cars, toxics in that "new car" smell

XII/5

Cartridges (reusing ink & toner cartridges)

IV/1

Cats

See Pets below

Catnip (for mosquitoes)

II/5, III/4. And see Mosquitoes.

Centennial Garden (Sebastopol)

II/2

CFLs & mercury

See Fluorescent light bulbs, below

Chemical industry (lobbying blocks change)

XII/6

Children
- Protecting from toxics
- Teaching to work cooperatively with nature (IPM)


III/3, IV/2, V/4, VI/5 (Healthy day care bill), XII/2, XII/4, XII/6, XVI/2
Also see California Healthy Schools Act

China, toxics in products made in China

VII/5 (To see this article as a webpage, click here), VIII/6

Christmas holidays

See Holidays, winter.

Christmas plants (toxicity)

I/6

Christmas trees (pesticides on)
XVI/6

Chlorine

II/1

Chlorpyrifos (organophosphate insecticide)

I/2, III/5, X/5, XVI/3

Cigarettes (toxics in stubs)

XVI/5

Cleansers, household, & healthier housecleaning

II/1, II/2, II/3, II/4, IV/1, V/1, VI/3, VI/4, VII/2, VIII/2, IX/5, IX/6, X/1, XIII/1, XIV/2, XV/1

Clopyralid (herbicide found in compost)

II/3, III/3

Clothes, toxics in

XII/5

Companion planting

I/2

Composting

I/6, II/3, III/3, VII/5 (To see just this article as a webpage, click here), X/1

Computers, proper disposal

See Electronic Waste below

Cookware, Teflon, issues and options

XI/2, XI/3

Cosmetics, toxics in

See Body Care Products.

Cover crops

I/5

Covert Lane landscaping

II/1

Crabgrass, lawns

XV/2

Dandelions

II/4, XVII/2. And see Weeds.

DDT

XII/3

DEET (mosquito repellant, issues and options)

VI/4. See Bug Repellants for information on toxics and less-toxic options.

Denmark Pesticide Phase-out on State-owned Property

VI/1

Diatomaceous earth

I/2, I/4

Diazinon (organophosphate insecticide)

III/5, XVI/3

Discarding properly

See Toxics Disposal below

Disposal of toxics

See Toxics Disposal below

Detoxify air, with plants

V/5

Documentaries and movies on eco-issues

XI/2

Dogs

See Pets below

"Dollar" store toxics

XV/3

Drift, pesticides, in air and water

VIII/2

Drain declogging

IX/5, XI/3, XIV/3

Drought, saving water, graywater system, avoiding toxics

XV/4

Dryer sheet toxics and options

XV/1

Dursban

See Chloripyrifos above

Earthworms

I/6

Earwigs

V/4

EcoDesk

IV/4

Edible flowers

II/4

Electric cigarettes (e-cigs)

XIII/6

Endangered species, toxics threaten

XVI/3

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

See Government policy below

Essential oils (and cleaners)

IV/1

Electronic waste (e-waste) - toxics in computers, proper disposal, etc.

IV/5, IX/4, XV/1

Environmental harm of toxics

I/1, III/4, III/5, V/1, V/2, V/6, IX/2, X/5, XI/6. Also see Bees, above, and Lifecycle costs and Wildlife, below.

Fertilizers, organic (how to identify on the label; the word "organic" is not enough)

XV/3

Fish, toxics in

XI/4, XII/3, XII/4, XIII/4, XV/4

Fleas

I/4. Also see Pets.

Flame retardants (including PBDEs)

See PBDEs.

Flowers, hidden toxics and finding safer options, including locally
XVI/6, XVII/3. Also see Edible flowers.

Fluorescent light bulbs (and mercury)

IV/2, IX/3, XV/6

Fluoridation of water in Sonoma County

XIII/2

Fog, mercury found in

XVI/2

Food, and toxics

III/3, X/5, XII/1, XII/4. Also see Organics, affording, below.

Formaldehyde

XI/4

Fragrances, toxics in

IV/6

Frogs, impacted by toxics

V/6

Gardening (by the seasons)

I/5, II/1, II/3, III/2, IV/2, VI/2, VII/2, XI/3, XII/2, XIII/1, XIII/5

Glyphosate (herbicide)

I/3 (To see this article as a webpage, including the footnotes referenced in the newsletter PDF, and other additional information, click here.)
V/6, XI/6, XV/6

Government policy about toxics, including regulation, product safety, and innovative programs


- U.S. federal toxics regulations, TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act)

IX/6, X/4, X/6, XI/5, XI/6, XII/2, XII/6, XIII/6, XIV/1, XIV/6, XVI/4

- U.S., EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and (CPSC) Consumer Product Safety Commission

VIII/4, IX/2, IX/6, X/5, XI/2, XI/6, XII/1, XIV/6, XVI/4

Topic

Volume/Issue

Government policy (contd)

- U.S., other

IX/4, X/4, X/5, XI/6, XII/1, XII/6, XIV/1,

- California regulation of toxics

VI/3, VII/6, VIII/6, XI/1, XI/2, XII/2, XII/6, XIII/6, XIV/1, XV/6, XIV/1,

- U.S. states and cities, other/overall

XII/2, XII/6,

- Outside the U.S.

VI/1, VIII/4,

- Overall/general

XII/1, XIII/6. Also see Pesticides, as well as your specific pesticide or area of use.

Green (ecological) building

III/5, IV/4, VII/4, VIII/3, XV/1, XV/2

Green chemistry

VI/3, VII/6 (To see this article as a webpage, with additional information, click here.), X/6, XI/1, XI/2

Graywater system, avoiding toxics in

XV/4

Health problems related to toxics including pesticides, Overall. (Understanding the connection allows us to improve our health, save money, and reduce the other human costs of disease personally and in our community.)

Also see Pesticides & Toxics

- Evidence of health problems from toxics

VI/2,VIII/3, IX/2, XI/1, XI/5, XII/1, XVI/1

- Diagnosis of symptoms, resources

I/5

- Health care costs

XI/5

- Our body's toxic load

II/5, XIII/6, XV/4

- Protecting children

III/3, VI/1, XI/1, XII/6, XV/4

- Costs of disease

VIII/4, X/5

- Prevention shown to reduce disease

IV/5

- EU: Prevention must include toxic reduction

IX/5

Health problems related to toxics, specific illnesses


- Allergies& colds, symptoms mimic

VIII/2

- Developmental disabilities

XI/4

- Neurological harm

V/5, X/5

- Learning disabilities (ADHD, autism, etc.)

VIII/5, IX/2, X/5, XIII/6

- Alzeimer's Disease

V/3

- Parkinson's Disease

II/4, V/3, VII/2, XI/5

- Cancer

II/3, III/5, X/4

- Childhood asthma

IV/2

- Brain illness

V/3

- Prostate cancer

III/5

- Osteorarthritis

XIII/2

- Thyroid issues (and perchlorate)

IX/1. Also see www.healthyworld.org/thyroid.html

- Weight gain

X/2

- EI/MCS (Environmental Illness/ Multiple Chemical Sensitivity)

XI/1, IV/6

Health & beauty products, toxics, regulation

See Beauty

Herbs, edible native plants ("weeds")
XVII/2. And see Weeds.

Herbicides

See 2,4D, Glyphosate, & Clopyralid

Hidden toxics (in products you might not expect)

XV/3

Holidays, winter (reduce toxics, save money, be safe and healthy)

I/6, VI/6, VII/6, VIII/6, XV/6, XVI/5, XVI/6
Also see our Ecoholidays webpage. Plus the XVI/6 article "Detoxing Your Holiday Greenery" is also online as a separate webpage.

Home pesticide use (adds up, accumulates in water to significant levels)

III/4

Home repair

See Green Building

House, before buy or rent, evaluating

XIV/5

Household cleaners & healthier housecleaning

XIV/2. Also see Cleaners, Household

Hydrogen peroxide, alternative cleaner

IX/6

Insecticides

See Chlorpyrifos, Diazinon, Malathion

Insect repellants (toxic and less-toxic options)
See Bug repellants.

Invasive plants

See Scotch Broom

IPM (Integrated Pest Management)

I/1, II/6, VI/5 (teaching children)

Labels, how to read (to identify risks and avoid toxics)

V/4, XIV/5, XIV/6, XV/3

Laguna (ecosystem is unique, challenges to it, including invasive species, possible use of herbicides)

V/2

Landscaping

VI/2

Laundry, dryer sheet toxics
XV/1

Laundry, booster (borax)

II/4

Lawn care (avoiding toxics, including "weed and feed"; nurturing a healthy lawn)

IV/3, XV/2, XVII/3

Lawnmowers (pollution from some)

IV/5

Lead (toxic, health impacts)

IV/4, VII/5, XII/1, XII/4

Life Lab

II/6

Lifecycle costs of toxic pesticides (harm caused at extraction, production, transportation, use, accidents, and disposal)

VI/5, VI/6, XIII/1, XIII/4

Lightbulbs, disposal, including fluorescent bulbs and CFLs

See Fluorescent light bulbs

Local, less-toxic options
See specific category, including Flowers and Christmas trees.

Lorsban

See Chloripyrifos

Malathion (organophosphate insecticide)

III/5, VII/3, XVI/3

Mercury (in fish, fog, and fluorescent light bulbs)

IV/2, IX/3, IX/5, XI/4, XII/1, XIII/4, XVI/2

Mice See Rodents.
Microbeads

XIV/3, XV/4, XV/6, XVI/1

Mildew & Mold

II/3, III/6, IV/1

Mosquito protection without toxics

See Bug repellants.

Moths, clothing

III/2

Moths, grain

III/3

Mowers, lawn (pollution from some)

IV/5

Movies, documentaries on eco-isses

XI/2

New York City No Spray Victory

VII/3

Ontario, partial ban of toxic pesticides

VIII/4

Organics, and less pesticides in body

III/3, X/5, XII/1, XV/4

Organics, affording

VIII/5

Oven cleaning (without toxics)

V/1

Oxalis (weed)

IV/4

Paints & stains (toxics and alternatives)

III/5, IV/4, XV/1, XV/6

Park Side School (Sebastopol)

II/6

PBDEs

XII/4, XIII/6, XIV/1 (safer sofas update)

PCBs

XI/4

Pepperweed Project (Sebastopol)

V/3

Perfumes & Scents (toxics in; natural alternatives to)

IV/6, IV/1, XII/4. Also see Body Care Products.

Permaculture

III/1, III/2

Persuasion, on eco-issues, effective

XVI/1

Pesticides & Toxics


- Overview of problems & alternatives

I/1, V/6, XVI/3

- Assessing toxicity and risks of harm

V/4, XIV/5, XIV/6, XVII/3

- Prioritizing your toxics reduction

XIV/6

- Safety tips

I/1

- Calculating the full costs of toxic pesticides

VI/5, VI/6

- & Health

See Pesticides & Health.

Pest control, alternatives (companion planting)

I/2

Pets & Pet Care

And see Christmas plants, toxicity, above.

- Poisoned pet food

VII/3

- Pet care products (toxics and alternatives)

VI/1, X/1, X/4

- Cat litter (selection; composting)

V/1

- Cat repellent (vinegar)

II/2

- Rat poison harms, alternatives

IX/6

PFCs (toxics such as PFOA)

XI/2, XI/3

Pharmaceutical contamination in our water and ecosystems; health harm; misuse; proper disposal

VIII/1, XV/5, XV/6

Pineapple (growing plant from top)

II/4

Plastics (toxics in, preventing harm, solutions)

VIII/6, XIV/3

Poison oak

XIII/5

Poisonous plants, holidays

I/6

Pollution, pesticides in local water

III/4

PVC vinyl

XIV/1

Rats, rat poison, harm pets and wildlife, alternatives and safe use

See Rodents.

Recycling

XIII/5 (green can). Also see Toxics Disposal below

Regulation, government

See Government policy, above

Remodeling, green

VII/4

Rodeo (herbicide)

See Glyphosate

Rodents

VII/3, IX/6, XI/4, XIV/6.

Roses, less-toxic care of

V/3

Roundup (herbicide)

See Glyphosate

Salmon, pesticide buffer zone

III/5

Sanitizer, hand
XVII/1

Schools and pesticide exposure

I/2, II/5, XII/2, XVI/5

Scotch Broom (invasive species)

V/6

Scents (toxics in; natural alternatives)

IV/1, IV/6, XII/4

Seafood and sea creatures, toxics in

IX/5 , X/5

Sebastopol, City of (toxics policy and use)

XIV/4. See STEP (about the program).

Seed saving

I/5

Sheet mulching (quick start garden)

III/2

Shoes, track in toxics and bacteria; solutions

XIV/2, XV/2

Shower curtains (toxics in; options)

XIV/1, XIV/4

Snails & slugs

I/2, VI/2

Sofas and chairs (toxics in; options)

XIV/1, XIV/4. And see PBDEs.

Solar Sebastopol, reduces toxics in air

III/6

"Spray snow" (toxicity)

I/6

Squirrels

XII/3

STEP (about the program, including annual survey results)

I/1, II/3, III/4, IV/4, V/3, VI/3, VII/3, VIII/3, IX/3, X/3, XI/3, XII/2, XII/3, XIII/1, XIII/3, XIV/3, XIV/4, XV/3, XVI/1, XVI/5, XVII/3

Sticky barriers (against insects)

I/5

Summer toxics issues and alternatives
VII/4, XVII/4

Summerfield's Organic Celebration

IV/1

Sunscreen issues and healthier alternatives

IX/4, X/4, XVII/4

Tanglefoot (for insects on trees)

I/5

Tea tree oil (an alternative)

II/3

Teenagers, protect from toxics at work

V/4

Teflon cookware, issues and options

XI/2, XI/3

Telar (herbicide, chlorsulfuron)

V/2. (To see this article as a webpage, with footnotes, click here.)

Ticks

See Pets.

Tobacco (toxics in cigarette stubs)

XVI/5

Toxics disposal and other recycling

I/2, III/2, III/3, IV/2, V/2, VI/2, VIII/1, X/1, XV/5, XV/6
plus www.recyclenow.org

Toxics, hidden, in products you might not expect

XV/3

Toxics in products and regulation issues (U.S. and international)

VII/1, VII/5, VIII/1, X/1

Toys (toxics in)

VII/5, VII/6

Triclosan, antibacterial in consumer products

XI/6, XIV/1, XV/1. Also see Body Care Products.

TSCA, U.S. federal toxics regulations (Toxic Substances Control Act)

See Government policy.

Urban pesticide use (home use adds up, accumulates in water to significant levels

III/4

U.S. regulations, federal and state, especially California

See Government policy.

Vinegar (for cleaning)

II/2

Vinegar (for weed control, in some situations)

IV/3, XVII/4

VOCs (in paints)

III/5

Volunteering, Sebastopol

II/2

Water supply (pesticides and toxics in our water, locally and nationally; protecting our water from toxics)

III/4, V/1, VII/4, XI/2, XII/2, XII/3, XIII/1, XIII/2, XIV/2, XIV/3, XV/4

Weeds (less-toxic solutions; plus "weed" plants that are actually herbs traditionally used for food and healing!)

I/3, II/4, III/2 , IV/3 , IV/4, XIII/5, XIV/4, XV/2, XV/3, XVII/2, XVII/3

Weed and feed, contains toxics

XV/3, XVII/3

West Nile Virus (and mosquitoes)

VI/4

Whiteflies

XIII/1

Wildlife, toxics harm
- Rat poison harms, alternatives


IX/6, XVI/3
And see Animals hurt, Seafood and Sea Creatures, and Mercury (re: in fish).

Windows, cleaning (less-toxic solution)

VII/4

Wood, toxics in (CCA), with solutions and alternatives

V/5

Work, possible toxics at work

V/4

Yellowjackets

I/4



FOR MORE/GENERAL INFO

An excellent source of information about less-toxic alternatives for pests of all varieties (animal, plant, and insect) is the book "Common Sense Pest Control", by Olkowski and Sheila Daar. The definitive book on the subject, it has very thorough information on pest life cycles, habits, and methods of control. 706 pages, including a detailed index. At $39.95, most people don't need to own one, but check at your local library or environmental resource center. (The Sonoma County Library has it.) If they don't have it, consider getting them one, as an excellent way to support a less-toxic community.

For more information about organics and other alternatives to toxics, see our Toxics and Alternatives Resources Page.

For information about Sonoma County and area toxics, organics, and environmental and political information and action, see our Sonoma County Resources Page.

For more tips for less-toxic pest management, see this Sonoma County Waste Management Agency page <www.recyclenow.org/less-toxic/index.html>. This website <www.recyclenow.org> also has information on how to dispose of toxics properly locally, including what doesn't go in the trash and drop-off locations and procedures.



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