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Health effects of vinyl flooring on baby boys

Mind the Store has achieved tremendous victories lately – the nation’s two largest home improvement retailers, Home Depot and Lowe’s, have committed to phasing out toxic phthalates in flooring by the end of the year.   We’re now turning our attention to Menards, the 3rd largest home improvement chain in the country with sales of over [...]

Mind the Store, get phthalates out of flooring

Over the last two weeks we have achieved tremendous victories – the nation’s two largest home improvement retailers, Home Depot and Lowe’s, have committed to phase out toxic phthalates in flooring by the end of the year.   This is HUGE as together they sell billions of dollars worth of flooring a year! This is [...]

VICTORY — Lowe’s commits to phase out phthalates in flooring

We did it! In less than one week, Lowe’s has agreed to eliminate toxic phthalates in their flooring by the end of this year! This is huge as Lowe’s is the second largest home improvement retailer in the country.   This shows the power we have as consumers to get big retailers to eliminate toxic chemicals [...]

Recycled Vinyl Can Reintroduce Chemical Hazards Into Building Products

“Today’s announcement by Home Depot that it will require manufacturers to phase out phthalate plasticizers from all of the vinyl flooring products it sells was the latest in a long history of efforts to eliminate hazardous additives from vinyl building products. But this does not mean that all phthalate-free vinyl floors (and other PVC products) are [...]

Home Depot banning toxic phthalates in flooring

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families has some GREAT news to share from their Mind the Store campaign! Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, is banning added phthalates in their vinyl flooring! The Mind the Store campaign has been working with the retailer to develop this policy over the past year. A report at shows [...]

The phthalate DEHP undermines female fertility in mice

Two studies in mice add to the evidence that the phthalate DEHP, a plasticizing agent used in auto upholstery, baby toys, building materials and many other consumer products, can undermine female reproductive health, in part by disrupting the growth and function of the ovaries. In the first study, reported in the journal Reproductive Toxicology, researchers found [...]

EU Commission plans to restrict phthalates

The European Commission has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it intends to restrict the phthalates DEHP, BBP, DBP and DiBP under the revised EU Directive on the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS2) in electrical and electronic equipment (CW 7 February 2014). Read More!

Exposure to low levels of common chemical (phthalates) shown to possibly affect reproductive health of male newborns

“…”Our findings show that even at low levels, environmental exposure to these ubiquitous chemicals can adversely affect male genital development, which in turn may impact male reproductive health later in life,” said Dr. Swan, who is also a faculty member of The Mindich Child Health and Development Institute at Mount Sinai. “Because most pregnant women [...]

Untested chemicals are everywhere, thanks to a 39-year-old US law. Will the Senate finally act?

Many chemicals that are restricted or banned in Europe remain in use – and in some cases, untested – in the US, thanks to federal regulations that haven’t been updated since 1976. A new bill to overhaul the law is expected this spring. Is your shampoo full of harmful chemicals? Research analysis: how bad are [...]

Phthalates are everywhere, and the health risks are worrying. How bad are they really?

‘Name a major public health concern over the past two decades and there’s likely some link to phthalates exposure.’ What are the real risks? The Guardian covers recent reports on pthalates’ safety.