Over the past forty years, blood lead concentrations in American children have declined dramatically following the elimination of lead from gasoline, paints, and other consumer products. Still, across the US, more than half a million children ages 1 through 5 suffer lead poisoning, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For many families, dollar stores are the only source of their household necessities, including food, children’s toys, and clothing. However, these cheap products do not come without a more significant cost. Despite low prices, dollar stores are selling products with high levels of toxicity
Federal reform of our broken national toxics law may be decades overdue, but our friends at States say at least 28 states will propose policies in the next year to reduce exposures to untested and toxic chemicals in consumer products.
Playgrounds should be fun AND relatively safe places for kids and adults to enjoy We recently blogged about concerns surrounding artificial turfs (with Gifs!), and a particular type of artificial turf has raised quite a few concerns- crumb rubber. Developed in the mid-1960s, synthetic turfs began popping up in stadiums and fields for professional teams. […]
A new report out of Michigan sheds light on why investing in lead abatement makes financial sense. For many of us who support removing lead from homes and products, it’s a no brainer, right?! But when it comes to making the case to state and federal lawmakers, numbers speak louder than words.
We know that lead and pregnant women don’t mix. We know that lead and children don’t mix. We’ve known for decades that lead harms the brain and is linked to lower IQ levels. We’ve also discussed interesting research by Dr. Phil Landrigan in our Health Report showing the economic gains from regulating lead in gasoline. […]
It’s March and if you live in a college town like I do, that means one thing… MARCH MADNESS!!! This season, HealthyStuff.org is taking a look into the hazardous chemicals in our favorite University Themed products. We found some pretty nasty stuff in our favorite fan gear, that’s why we’re releasing our “March Badness” study […]
You ready to hang decorations, host parties, and exchange gifts? You may want to wait before you deck your halls with beaded garland. Our friends at Healthy Stuff in Ann Arbor recently conducted tests on beads commonly used as Christmas garland and Mardi Gras beads. “We estimate that a single year’s inventory of Mardi Gras beads may contain up to 900,000 pounds of hazardous flame retardants and 10,000 pounds of lead,” said Jeff Gearhart, the Ecology Center’s principle researcher.
Our partners have created “The Toxies” funny and creative videos to tell the story about how chemicals are affecting our lives. Please take a moment to watch and share these videos, they are amazing!
Chemicals that are persistent in the environment, bioaccumulate in people and/or wildlife, and are toxic are called PBTs. Because of these features, as long as they remain in commerce and may therefore be released into the environment, they will threaten the health of humans and wildlife.
Mercury, arsenic, and lead are found naturally in the earth, but just because they’re natural chemical elements doesn’t mean they’re harmless. They are heavy metals with a long history of industrial and personal use—and just as long of a history of harming human health.