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Toxic Free Talk Radio Archives

How to Remove Toxic Chemical Odors Around the House

Kyle KnappenbergerMy guest today is Kyle Knappenberger. He is the Director of Applications at Timilon Technology Acquisitions LLC, in Naples, Florida. Kyle joined Timilon in 2013 when they acquired the technology behind OdorKlenz®, a consumer brand of household odor removal products. We will be talking about harmful chemical classes around the home and ways to eliminate them—particularly how to remove perfume odors from laundry and washing machines. For over a decade, Kyle has been working on using safe metal oxide technology for odor control and toxic chemical neutralization applications. He has a Bachelors of Sciences degree in microbiology from Kansas State University, and co-holds six patents related to the mitigation of chemical and biological contamination.

Here’s a video Odorklenz made to promote Karl’s interview on their social media. It made me smile :)

A Toxic-Free Bed & Breakfast

There are so many interesting shows in the archives! Every Friday I pull one out to remind you these archives are here for inspiration and information.

Terry MandelMy guest is Terry Mandel, owner of North Berkeley Hills Homestay. Terry began hosting short-term guests from around the world in 2002. After becoming ill in 2005 from the VOCs in paint, she began a journey of toxic-free renovation that has turned her inn into a refuge for people with MCS and EI, and others who prefer a toxic-free environment. Terry loves to share simple ways people can detox their homes, work spaces, and lives. We’ll be talking about toxic travel, how to choose less-toxic lodging, and what Terry has done to make her home a safe place to stay.


Things You Should Know About Sunscreen, But Probably Don’t

Today’s show is a replay of an earlier broadcast.

My guest today is Michael J. Russ, President of Oceana Naturals, author of Sun Care Decoded, and authorized US distributor for MelanSol 100% natural sunscreen. We’ll be talking about toxic chemicals in sunscreens and how they are doing your skin more harm than good. Michael has pursued a healthy lifestyle for more than 25 years and has been specializing in natural sunscreen products since 2007.

The World of Sustainable Furnishings

Susan InglisMy guest today is Susan Inglis, Executive Director of Sustainable Furnishings Council. She has over twenty-five years experience working with artisans and in sustainable manufacture in the home furnishings, fashion, and gift industries. We’ll be talking about the Sustainable Furnishings Council and how they support reducing toxics in furniture. Susan has worked in twenty-seven countries on five continents providing services ranging from identifying procedures for insuring the sustainability of a natural resource base to market-led product development and how to access new markets effectively. Susan’s direction of the SFC has gained national attention and brought the organization widespread recognition as the primary source for verified sustainable home furnishings. Susan has spoken on behalf of SFC throughout the U.S. and abroad and has inspired many companies to adopt a sustainable platform for the future. She is the proud recipient of the 2009 WithIt WOW Award for Education.

All About Organic Apparel

Patricia DavisMy guest today is Patricia Davis, professional dressmaker and fashion designer. She is the owner of Silver Needle & Thread Custom Sewn Clothing, Silver T-Models, Tag Custom Bridal and The Jacksonville Organic Business Directory. Patricia is also the Creator of CATA “Consumers Against Toxic Apparel,” the first movement of its kind in the United States. She is a champion for organic apparel. Clean, safe organic clothing is the main focus of her companies. Patricia has been designing fashion and sewing for more than forth-two years. Her degrees are in Marketing and Management, Fashion Merchandise and Interior Design from The University of Mississippi. Her career has afforded a plethora of experience in the fashion retail industry covering every aspect of fashion, from low end to designer allowing her to live around the country and travel abroad. During a portion of her career she worked in New York City and traveled across the nation opening designer boutique stores. Ms. Davis is a member of NAPW (National Association of Professional Women), North East Florida Green Chamber, The Girls Gone Green, Green Production Guide, GreenPeople, Green Bride Guide, Organic Consumers Association and Green America Green Approved. She’s an expert of textiles having sewn every known fabric at least once. Oftentimes, she dedicates her time by serving as a mentor for many organizations in the community and women seeking help with their business ideas. Coordinating fashion shows, offering seminars and public speaking are also a part of her daily routine. Patricia is focused and committed to educating, empowering and inspiring women to know the practices of today’s textile industry, understand the dangers, beware of toxic apparel and offer alternatives in a fashion frenzy world. She believes in order to change your life you need to change the way you view fashion. |


Living With Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS)

Richard H. Conrad PhDToday my guest is biochemist Richard H. Conrad PhD. From his home in Hawaii, Richard does consulting by phone for individuals, architects, builders, and corporations on the subject of reducing chemical and EMF exposures in homes and workplaces. He aim is to both keep healthy people healthy and help people with multiple chemical sensitivities and electromagnetic hypersensitivities. Today we’ll be talking about the nature of electromagnetic hypersensitivities, how to prevent them, and how to live with them if you have them. Richard was raised in New Jersey, and won a couple of national science awards while in high school.After graduating from Brandeis University, he obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University in 1968. Richard spent some time in the Biochemistry Department at Cornell University and was an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. One of his many interests led him to spend a number of years experimenting with different ways of disinfecting his swimming pool and hot tub. During this time he developed and patented ozone generation equipment for purifying water (where he met my father, who was also working in this field). In addition to his consulting, Richard’s website has many papers and links related to MCS and EHS.

A Cup of Organic Tea

There are so many interesting shows in the archives! Every Friday I pull one out to remind you these archives are here for inspiration and information.

Chris OlsenMy guest is Chris Olsen, Marketing Director of Teatulia. They have a beautiful selection of “organic single garden teas”—black, green, and white—plus herbal infusions, sold loose leaf and in tea bags. They grow all of their teas in their single USDA-certified organic garden in northern Bangladesh, where they benefit from perfect growing conditions: The soil is developed with the use of organic cover crops and mulching, while the growing area is irrigated by rainwater. We’ll be talking about how tea is grown, different types of tea, and ways to enjoy organic tea. I myself drink iced green tea every day and love to explore combining it with various other flavors, so I’ll add my ideas too.

How To Dress Without Toxics and Still Have Style

Greta EaganToday my guest is Greta Eagan, eco ambassador, writer, stylist, conscious living expert, and author of Wear No Evil: How to Change the World with Your Wardrobe. We’re going to be talking about toxics in textiles and how to have “style + sustainability without sacrifice.” Shortly after graduating from the London College of Fashion, Greta founded, a sustainable fashion awareness project- now a popular blog. Both the author and her blog have become leading sources for information on sustainable style, Wear No Evilgreen beauty, and eco-chic decor. Greta has contributed to publications in print and online, including Glamour, Lucky and the Huffington Post, and has collaborated with brands such as Kate Spade, Eileen Fisher, The Outnet, Refinery29, and many more. She has made TV appearances for eco-fashion and beauty segments, hosted Aspen Fashion Week for Outdoor Television, and been both a panel and keynote speaker at conferences around the world including SXSW Eco. |

Toxics and Trees

Shannon SmithMy guest today is Shannon Smith, Communications and User Voice at, a search engine that helps the environment by planting trees as you search the web. We’ll be talking about how trees create clean air and our our the air pollution we create harms trees. Ecosia is a search engine that plants trees when users search the web. The social business has already raised over $1.5 million for rainforest protection since its founding in December 2009. By donating 80% of its ad income to a tree planting program in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, Ecosia aims to have the highest positive impact on the environment per dollar. The Berlin-based start-up neutralises all CO2 emissions related to its search as well as publishing donation receipts online – its promise to the two million monthly Ecosia users, who are proving that small changes can have a big impact. Former journalist and writer Shannon Smith has liaised between users, partners and team members since 2010 to build Ecosia into a movement for sustainable change. She is a Texas native.

Helping Children Make Good Food Choices

Katherine PryorMy guest today is Katherine Pryor, a good food advocate based in Seattle. While advocating for Farm to School funding in the state capitol one year, Katherine was impressed by the array of stories told by parents, teachers, and school administrators about how having farm to school programs and school gardens had changed kids’ eating practices. She wanted to write these stories from the kids’ perspectives, hoping to inspire schools and government agencies to support good food education. Her first children’s book, Sylvia’s Spinach, is being used to complement school garden curriculum and encourage young readers to try new foods. Her next book, Zora’s Zucchini, will be published in 2015. We’ll be talking about how you can help your kids make better food choices at home and when they are out in the world at school and with friends. Among other projects, Katherine has worked Sylvias Spinachon a successful campaign to get Starbucks to commit to dBGH-free milk nationwide and worked with Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Health Care initiative, helping hospitals use their purchasing power to support local and sustainable food producers. In addition to writing, Katherine manages a statewide program to bring local and sustainable foods to Washington hospitals.

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