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This isn’t a trick: Toxic chemicals in Halloween costumes

Parents across the country are stocking up on this year’s hottest costumes for their little ghouls, goblins, and princesses, but some costumes may contain hidden toxic chemicals harmful to our children’s health. I wish I were tricking you. A new study released today by found elevated levels of toxic chemicals in popular Halloween costumes, accessories and [...]

Tips for a Toxic-Free Halloween

Wanna hear something spooky? With one of CHEJ’s favorite holidays, Halloween, right around the corner, we wanted to let you in on the chemical industry’s dirty little tricks. PVC, one of the most toxic plastic for children’s health and the environment, has scared its way into some of our beloved children’s costumes.  Even scarier is [...]

Solutions to Hazardous Plasticizers

From Mark Rossi at BizNGO The dominant movement in the marketplace is to alternative plasticizers to DEHP and other phthalates. Yet this is the less preferred solution to avoiding PVC and plasticizers altogether. Some recent assessments on alternative materials and plasticizers include: • Clean Production Action’s Plastics Scorecard demonstrated the benefits of substituting medical IV bags made [...]

Great Year for Movement

This has been a very busy year for CHEJ and local communities. There have been a number of major victories around hydro fracking related issues; most recently the PA Supreme Court has ruled Act 13 is unconstitutional on the grounds that it violates the Environmental Rights Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution. While this is a [...]

Toxic Chemical Found in Toys and Vinyl Plastic Linked to Cancer Added to California Proposition 65 List – Phthalate DINP

(San Francisco) Toxic chemical diisononyl phthalate (DINP), manufactured by Exxon Mobil and other petrochemical companies, is being added to the California list of chemicals known to cause cancer, known as Proposition 65, this Friday December 20th. The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) said, “The CIC (Carcinogen Identification Committee)  determined that the chemical was [...]

State House Notebook: Alfond denies Medicaid votes-chemical bill trade

Gov. Paul LePage has been taking a beating from Democrats and advocates of the Kids Safe Products Act, a law that identifies and tries to phase out harmful chemicals from consumer products. The criticism stems from the governor’s decision last week to put four chemicals on the so-called priority list, supposedly ending the administration’s nearly [...]

Your Black Friday Guide To Poison-Free Holiday Shopping

The holiday shopping season officially kicks off on Black Friday, and so begins that annual hunt for the perfect present, at the best price — and with the fewest poisons. Store shelves, as consumers have been warned, can be filled with everything fromlead-contaminated jewelry and toys, to hormone-disrupting perfumes and lotions. Just in the last month, [...]

Save SpongeBob Squarepants from the poison plastic!

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 send [...]

PVC as Flooring Material in Childhood Is Related to Asthma 10 Years Later

Originally Appears in Science Daily Oct. 24, 2013 — Children who had PVC flooring in the bedroom at baseline were more likely to develop asthma during the following 10 years period when compared with children living without such flooring material. Furthermore, there were indications that PVC flooring in the parents’ bedrooms were stronger associated with [...]

Shoppers move Target to address toxic chemicals

By Stephanie M. Lee for the San Francisco Gate As consumers nationwide have become more aware of the toxic chemicals in their over-the-counter products, they have pushed manufacturers and retailers to make changes. The message seems to be paying off. The latest example is retail giant Target, which this month announced that it will identify and eventually inform [...]