Doing the right thing on flame retardants
January 28, 2015
There’s good news on the cover of a January 2015 Sunday Chicago Tribune. A health hazard hidden in most of our homes may be on its way out. What will it take to end the use of toxic flame retardants in furniture once and for all?
The Chemical Industry’s Shiny PR Doesn’t Fool Us
December 18, 2014
Shiny spin and slick graphics can't hide the truth — brominated flame retardants are dangerous.
Will our nation wake from a flame retardant nightmare?
September 24, 2014
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has introduced a bill to ban 10 toxic flame retardants from furniture and children's products. How did our nation wake up to the truth about these toxic chemicals? It took years of efforts from state legislators and hospitals, investigative reporters and furniture manufacturers.
Government Scientists Confirm: Phthalates are Dangerous
July 30, 2014
A new government report confirms that phthalates — chemicals in everything from rubber duckies to vindyl flooring — are dangerous. They recommend pulling certain phthalates off the shelf, and call for further study on the hazards of everyday exposure.
New York State Poised to Protect Kids & Environment through Child Safe Products Act
June 17, 2014
With a few short days of session left, New York State is poised join states around the country protecting children from toxic chemicals. The Child Safe Products Act would require manufacturers to let us know when dangerous chemicals show up in kids’ products, so consumers can make safe, informed choices, and phase out some of the worst-of-the-worst chemicals.
State Leaders Descend on Walgreens with One Message: Mind the Store!
April 27, 2014
When you go to Walgreens to buy everyday items — shower curtains, hand soap, toothpaste, school supplies — you shouldn't have to worry about toxic chemicals. With this message in mind, consumers around the country came together to return these toxic products to Walgreens, along with a message: get tough on toxic chemicals!
State Experts Warn: Proposed “Chemicals in Commerce Act” Would Wipe Out Public Health Progress
February 28, 2014
The Chemicals in Commerce Act may look like progress — but we're not fooled. It's a vehicle for more secrets, more safety data loopholes, and faster introduction of untested chemicals—all disguised as “reform” of a badly outdated 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act.
At Least 33 States to Consider Toxics Policies in 2014
January 28, 2014
This year, at least 33 states—more than half the nation—will step up as defenders of public health. They will take the toxic bull by the horns and consider policies addressing the untested and toxic chemicals in everyday products.
The Market is Moving!
October 16, 2013
Target joins the list of retailers listening to state policy and addressing toxic chemicals.
Walmart Jewelry Found To Contain High Levels of Lead
October 03, 2013
When you buy your kid a sparkly new necklace, you should only have to worry about whether they'll like the style. But it turns out you need to be worried about something else—toxic metals.
We are disappointed to learn today that a new investigation uncovered nearly 25% of Walmart jewelry tested contained high levels of lead. As we all know, this isn't safe. Lead is a toxin that adversely affects brain development in children and affects the nervous system. It's one of the worst-of-the-worst chemicals: it builds up in humans and the environment, it does great harm, and it stays around for a very long time.