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Posted on Jul 27, 2021 in General

Our Plastic Buildings - the New Driver of Fossil Fuel Demand

The idea of a “plastic building” might bring to mind Barbie DreamHouses or Lego towers, but probably not the real life spaces we occupy every day. However, plastics have a long history of use in construction and are increasingly being used in a wide variety of building products.

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Posted on Jul 27, 2021 in General

HomeFree Resources Make Healthier Choices Easy

Whether you've been a fan of HBN for a long time or you have just been introduced to our work, there’s a good chance you might have come across our HomeFree program. This brief primer will get you up to speed with our latest resources and actionable steps you can...

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Posted on May 25, 2021 in General

A Tenant’s Call for Safer, Healthier Housing

Earlier this year, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) awarded Healthy Building Network a grant to work alongside a community-based organization called Renters United for Justice to reduce toxic chemical exposures among vulnerable individuals. Read about one tenant's story and how a new cooperative is making strides to create safer...

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Posted on May 25, 2021 in General

The Illusion of Plastics Recycling: Neither Just Nor Circular

The production and use of plastics is predicted to soon be the largest driver of world oil demand. While plastic building products are often marketed in ways that give the illusion of progress toward recycling and a circular economy, the reality is that virtually no plastic building materials are recycled. ...

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