We lost a dear friend, colleague, and extraordinary public health champion this past weekend. Andy Igrejas was all of the above and more, and we’ll miss him greatly. Over these last dozen years, he founded Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and led us in an ambitious marathon of a national campaign that resulted in the first major update to our broken chemical safety law, the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), in forty years.
About Us The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition represents more than 11 million individuals and includes parents, health professionals, advocates for people with learning and developmental disabilities, reproductive health advocates, environmentalists and businesses from across the nation. Our coalition represents over 450 organizations and businesses united by our common concern about toxic chemicals in our […]
Watch this video This is one of the best 20 minute overviews of the issues we work on and features many of our coalition partners. Let us what you think in the comments below and don’t forget to share with your friends!
The environmental health field has worked for decades to show the environment isn’t something “out there”, but rather is intimately linked to our health and well-being. Air pollution and asthma, toxic chemicals and infertility, community pollution and cancer clusters, these are all issues the environmental health movement is fighting for. This wonderful infographic gives the background of environmental health as it relates to toxic chemicals.
Listen up, men! Believe it or not, every day you are exposed to a host of harmful or untested chemicals. These chemicals can be found in everyday items, from your vinyl shower curtain to your smartphone and wrinkle-free dress shirt. You’ve probably heard about women, especially pregnant women, taking steps to reduce exposure to these […]
By Mary Brune, Co-founder of Making our Milk Safe (MOMS). Originally published for Generation Green, the blog for the Center for Environmental Health, on January 20th, 2011. On my way into work last Friday I heard a story on NPR about a UCSF study that found dozens of toxic chemicals in the bodies of pregnant […]
Listen to the teleconference: Toxic Chemicals and The Rise of Childhood Cancer: What’s the Relationship? http://saferchemicals.org/sc/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/audio/cancer-tele-26jan11.mp3 Since 1975 cancer in American children has increased, especially childhood leukemia and brain cancer. Meanwhile, 80,000 chemicals have been produced in the U.S. to create commonly-used products, which include known carcinogens such as asbestos, formaldehyde, lead, cadmium, trichloroethylene, and […]
Christine Brouwer founded Mira’s Movement in 2008 after her daughter, Mira, died at the age of 4 from complications of treatment for brain cancer. The organization supports families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer and advocates on behalf of children with cancer and their families. My daughter Mira, a beautiful, funny, and smart little […]
A new study from researchers at the University of California –San Francisco found for the first time that virtually all U.S. pregnant women carry multiple chemicals, including some banned since the 1970s and others used in common products, such as non-stick cookware, food and beverage cans, and personal care products. Lead author Tracey Woodruff, PhD, […]
The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition launched an investigation to learn which thermal receipt paper containing bisphenol-A (BPA) has permeated the market, and whether this hormone-disrupting chemical is escaping onto the money that lies close to these receipts in people’s wallets. Our report, “On the Money: BPA in Dollar Bills and Receipts” found that BPA, […]