Current law has failed to prevent waterways and ecosystems from being contaminated by toxic chemicals. These unregulated chemicals in the environment threaten both people and wildlife.
95% of triclosan and the vast majority of triclocarban are flushed down the drain where triclosan then goes on to form other toxic by-products including dioxins. In fact it was the presence of dioxins in Minnesota’s lakes that resulted in the state taking action.
Recently, in the first ever testing on glyphosate herbicide (such as Monsanto’s Roundup) in the breast milk of American women, Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse found ‘high’ levels in 3 out of the 10 samples tested. (Photo Credit: garyfgarcia via photopin cc) The shocking results point to glyphosate levels building up in women’s bodies […]
When you have a baby on the way, thinking about school or daycare can seem like a long time away! But it will be here before you know it, so it’s never to soon to start shopping around for healthier environments for your new baby. Most moms have no idea that of the 80,000 chemicals […]
The Oscars have come and gone. The awards have been given and the losers are coming to terms with their fate. (And as a side note, I’m excited to announce that I accurately predicted all of the Oscars this year…) But who cares about the awards! We watch the show for the fashion, and the […]
Unfortunately, cancer is a disease that we are all connected to in some way. Many of us have faced cancer within our families, or personally. And even if you are a rare person who hasn’t in some way been touched by cancer, we all come in contact with cancer-causing chemicals every day. While depressing, this […]
Over the last two decades, I’ve worked as an early childhood educator and as a volunteer advocating for policies and practices that support the well-being of all children. To my mind, children’s well-being is inextricably linked to public health and environmental issues so I’ve accumulated a bit of information and have developed a tendency to […]
As we wrap up one of the coldest months on record, we want to give you some information on road salts and their potential health and environmental impacts. For us here at Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, the environment and our health are intimately linked. Something that may be bad for our waterways, can also affect […]
Bees have been capturing the nation’s attention, and rightfully so. They are one of the biggest pollinators and therefore are essential to the food we eat, the gardens we grown and maintaining the biodiversity of our ecosystems. They may sting, but they’re kind of a big deal. (Photo Credit: Panayiotis Filppou, Flickr) The 2009 documentary, […]
The horizon looks a little more bright when it comes to furniture free of flame-retardants due to a new California standard. Rest assured, our work is still cut out for us on this issue, the buck doesn’t stop here.
Are there toxic chemicals in your child’s raincoat? New testing coordinated by CHEJ found elevated levels of phthalates in a Spongebob Squarepants vinyl rain poncho, at levels nearly seven times above the federal safety standard. I recently purchased the Spongebob Squarepants vinyl rain poncho at Toys R Us’ flagship store in Times Square, NYC and sent it […]