5 Killer Reasons to Ditch Dryer Sheets

5 Killer Reasons to Ditch Dryer Sheets
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry-generated Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) from the 1990s, the following is a list of chemicals in fabric softener products, most in untested combinations.

1.  Alpha-Terpineol–This chemical has been linked to disorders of the brain and nervous system, loss of muscle control, depression, and headaches
2.  Benzyl acetate–Benzyl acetate has been linked to cancer of the pancreas
3.  Benzyl alcohol–This upper respiratory tract irritant can cause central nervous system (CNS) disorders, headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and dramatic drops in blood pressure.
4.  Chloroform–Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic. Really toxic to your brain. Inhaling its vapors may cause loss of consciousness, nausea, headache, vomiting, and/or dizziness, drowsiness.
5.  Ethanol– Another fabric softener ingredient which is on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list and linked to CNS disorders.
6.  Ethyl Acetate–causes headaches and is on the EPA Hazardous Waste list
7.  Linalool–in studies, this chemical caused loss of muscle coordination, nervous system and brain disorders, and depression
8.  Pentane–causes headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, drowsiness, and depression
What’s the alternative to toxic dryer sheets?  Wool balls.  They are 100% natural  and are effective at getting rid of static cling and wrinkles, soften clothes.

Game changer: Swiss banks ditch secrecy

Game changer: Swiss banks ditch secrecy

Switzerland, the world’s largest offshore wealth center, worth an estimated $2.2 trillion in assets, has signed an agreement to share financial information with nearly 60 other countries, which could completely change the country’s financial landscape.

               

The country has made a giant leap towards banking transparency   after it signed a convention with the Organization for Economic   Cooperation and Development (OECD) agreeing to exchange data with   60 member countries.

Switzerland already has bilateral tax collection agreements with   the UK and Austria, but the move to chip away another layer of   the country’s infamous banking secrecy was prompted by   international pressure from the US, Germany, and France,

The tax agreement, called the Multilateral Convention on Mutual   Administrative Assistance on Tax Matters came into force in 2010,   and includes all G20 states, and most European states. The convention   requires participants to pool tax collection information, and   includes automatic exchanges, in some cases.

Under the convention, the Swiss government can call on large   private banks like UBS AG, Julius Baer, and Credit Suisse Group   AG to turn over confidential information to international tax   watchdogs.

The crackdown on the tight-lipped policy could cost the Swiss   business, as the new policy may be a turn-off for foreign banks.   At the beginning of 2012, 145 foreign banks had offices in   Switzerland, and as of May 2013, 16 had left, according to data   from the Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland.

Between 2008 and 2012, foreign bank assets decreased by $921   billion, as tax evasion eroded and clients withdrew money.