On January 5, a California superior court judge ordered Safeway to pay nearly $10 million as part of a legal settlement. Several dozen government agencies brought suit against the supermarket chain for illegally disposing of hazardous waste in landfills. The waste came from cleaners, aerosols, hair dyes and other products sold in Safeway stores. Just […]
String lights and beaded garlands have been hazards for multiple years
Unsafe chemicals can result in fines, product recalls and damage to brands
As retailers increasingly respond to public demand to sell products that contain fewer toxic chemicals, a group of corporate and NGO leaders today released a new tool to establish common benchmarks intended to inform and hasten market movement toward safer chemicals.
HealthyStuff.org report offers consumer tips for a safer Halloween Washington, DC – Heavy metals and other additives are commonly found in Halloween costumes and accessories, according to a new report released today and available at HealthyStuff.org. The non-profit group tested 44 costumes, 40 accessories and 21 decorations and party favors. Their testing found toxic chemicals […]
Today, press reported that a new “deal” on the Chemical Safety Improvement Act was scuttled at the last minute, prompting Senator Vitter to state he would start over with the original version of the bill (S.1009) next year.
Ten toxic chemicals to be banned in furniture and children’s products This week, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) unveiled legislation to ban ten toxic flame retardant chemicals from use in upholstered furniture and children’s products. His bill would also create a process to examine and regulate other similar chemicals. Flame retardants are often added to foam […]
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced legislation that would phase out chemicals known as PBTs, a class that is the most dangerous to pregnant women, children and the environment. The “Protecting America’s Families from Toxic Chemicals Act” would empower the Environmental Protection Agency to identify and phase out PBTs within five years. The bill also identifies 22 known PBTs to expedite their phase out for non-essential uses.
– Health and Environment Advocates Gather Petitions Online and In Stores this Week – Washington, DC – Health advocates and Walgreens customers are joining together this week in calling on the nation’s largest pharmacy chain to sell safer products. Today, they are launching a “Week of Action” to press Walgreens to respond to a campaign […]
Washington, DC – The nation’s number three health care company, Kaiser Permanente, today announced it will effectively ban controversial chemical flame retardants from the furniture it buys for its hundreds of facilities across the country. Kaiser is the first health system in the nation to take this step, throwing $30 million in annual purchasing power […]