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Black and Latinx hairdressers exposed to high levels of phthalates

The clouds of vapor in Katrina Randolph's salon that lingered after she and her stylists worked on customers' hair in tight quarters all day made her uneasy. "I knew we were inhaling everything that we're using during the day," Randolph, owner of Tré Shadez Hair Studio in Capitol Heights, Maryland, told EHN. "Even when we [...]

The End is Coming – Market for Phthalates Continues to Shrink

Last month, the nation’s third largest home improvement chain - Menards - agreed to phase out the use of phthalates in its vinyl flooring by the end of the year. In a statement in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Menards spokesperson Jeff Abbot said, "We are still aware of the phthalate concern and have been working diligently [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Toxic Tuesdays

Toxic Tuesdays CHEJ highlights several toxic chemicals and the communities fighting to keep their citizens safe from harm. Ethylene Oxide (EtO) is a colorless gas with a slightly sweet odor. It is used in making a variety of products including antifreeze, plastics, detergents, and adhesives. It is also used [...]

PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC)

Publications PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC) Love Canal Publications Dangers In Your Community Organizing and Leadership Media Outreach PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC) Resources for Spanish Speakers Bad News Comes in 3s CHEJ’s BE SAFE campaign co-released this report with the Environmental Health Strategy Center. The report documents the health and environmental [...]

The Environmental Injustice of Electronic Waste

By Michelle Atkin An increasing number of electronic devices continue to escalate the number that are disposed of each year – in 2012 the United States produced 3.4 million tons of electronic waste! Discarded phones, tablets, computers, televisions and even washers, dryers and refrigerators are an enormous problem and only 1 million tons are recycled. [...]

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 [...]