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WARNING: Vinyl rain coats chock full of hazardous chemicals

With the summer only a few weeks away, many parents are going out and buying new rain gear -- but parents may unwittingly be exposing our most vulnerable children to lead, cadmium, and even phthalates, chemicals so toxic they have been banned in toys and baby products. A brand new investigation of vinyl rain gear [...]

The vinyl plastics industry: one of the biggest users of mercury in the world

Dioxins.  Vinyl chloride.  Phthalates. There are an appalling number reasons why we consider vinyl to be the most toxic plastic on the planet. One reason that many people don’t realize is that the vinyl chemical industry is one of the biggest users of mercury in the entire world, in fact the #2 user [...]

The latest news on the poison plastic: what every parent needs to know

The bad news on vinyl, the poison plastic, and phthalates keeps on mounting. The more I learn, the more I wonder, why are we still allowing this hazardous plastic in our schools and homes? Here are some of the most recent developments that every parent needs to know. First responders file lawsuit over vinyl chloride [...]

Is vinyl plastic making our children fat and asthmatic?

An alarming pair of new studies add to the mounting scientific evidence linking vinyl chemicals to asthma and obesity in children. The latest study found an association between the phthalates DINP and DIDP and asthma, which are primarily used to make vinyl flooring and other vinyl products flexible.  The researchers report: “The strong correlation between [...]

What You Might Have Missed Over (and since) the Holidays

The past few months have been a real doozy for the vinyl chemical industry. While you were probably indulging in a bit too much holiday egg nog or prancing underneath the mistletoe, the vinyl chemical industry was in hot water from New Jersey to Delaware to California. “These individuals can never know how much and [...]

All I want for Christmas is a toxic-free Disney

Last Saturday, I stood outside of Disney’s iconic flagship store in Times Square, calling on them to make our dreams come true, by getting poisonous phthalates and vinyl plastic out of children’s school supplies. I organized the action with Penelope Jagessar Chaffer, a mother of two young children (who also came along for the fun), [...]

When our children are sent off to day care – are they breathing in toxic phthalates?

When considering day care, more than a few related topics could come to mind: children, toys, play, and a safe environment are probably some to just name a few. However, although children at day care may be under the supervision of responsible adults and having a great time with their playmates, they may be at [...]

Wishing for a PVC-free Disney

When we first got the lab results back for our report on phthalates in children’s vinyl (polyvinyl chloride or PVC) school supplies, we were utterly shocked by all of the Disney school supplies that contained such high levels of these toxic chemicals. Disney Princess and Spider Man lunchboxes were chock full of these harmful chemicals, [...]

Phthalates and Asthma: What's going on with NYC children?

I have asthma.   Just like millions of other Americans. That’s why I was upset when only a week after we released our new report that found high levels of phthalates in children’s vinyl back-to-school supplies, researchers at Columbia University published a major new study linking phthalates to asthma in NYC children. "While many factors contribute [...]

Senator Chuck Schumer: Get Toxic Phthalates Out of Children’s School Supplies

Yesterday was a proud day for me. You see, I had the privilege and honor to stand shoulder to shoulder with U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, one of the most powerful Senators in America, to shine the light on hidden toxic chemicals lurking in children’s vinyl back-to-school supplies. CHEJ and Senator Schumer partnered together [...]

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