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Going Green: Sources of Hidden Asbestos

Going Green: Sources of Hidden Asbestos

Lowes has been helping Americans look after their homes for generations. Today Lowes is also focused on green and eco-friendly homes.  We Are Coupons can help you save money on going green by using the very best Lowes Money Off Coupons on the internet. One thing there has been a lot of talk about in recent years is asbestos. Lowes do their best to ensure no asbestos is used in the products they sell but you may have asbestos lurking in your home.  Here are some of the sources of hidden asbestos in your home.

Older Crock Pots

We all love our crock pots and they have been around for a few years now, decades even.  Many of us have had our faithful crock pots for many years and this could be an asbestos source.  Asbestos is well known for its heat retention properties and it made sense back in the 1970s that it was used inside crock pots. So, if you have an older crock pot, while it still may be working it could contain asbestos.  Be careful.

Other Home Appliances

In the 1960s and 70s Asbestos was very much a super-product. Its Heat prevention and protection properties were first class and, above all, it was cheap and easy to use. Asbestos was used in just about every home appliance imaginable where there was any form heat build up or heat transfer. Everything from ironing board covers to hairdryers.  Hairdryers were especially bad and in the 1970s the US government recalled hairdryers nationally. The recall was not a huge success and only a few hairdryers were handed over. There are still many older hairdryers in use today.


One of the most unexpected places to find asbestos is in children’s toys.  Up until 2007 unacceptable levels of asbestos were found in a variety of children’s toy, many of them from China.  Wax crayons were a top culprit and tests as late as 2007  showed many cheap imported toys had substantial levels of asbestos in them making them a hazard.

Potting Soil

Potting soil contains Vermiculite and in the past thins has been mined in areas close to where asbestos is mined.  Vermiculite is prone to cross contamination with asbestos and made its use in potting soil dangerous.  Potting soil gains improved drainage properties thanks to Vermiculite, however other materials are used today and very potting soils use it.


Asbestos Today

Asbestos is used less and less today and much of it has been removed from society, homes and offices. There are still places where it exists and while the product has not been banned it still sneaks into our homes and lives all to easily.

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