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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] 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 […]

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PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC) Publications

Volatile Vinyl: The New Shower Curtain’s Chemical Smell

This report summarizes the results of a two-part laboratory study of the toxic chemicals contained in and released from PVC shower curtains. The first part of this study measures the concentration of chlorine, phthalates, organotins, and metals in five PVC shower curtains and VOCs in one curtain purchased at popular retailers. The second part measures the concentrations of VOCs evaporating from a shower curtain in a test chamber over a 28-day period.

Toxic Tuesdays

Toxic Tuesdays CHEJ highlights several toxic chemicals and the communities fighting to keep their citizens safe from harm. Ethylene Oxide 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 as a sterilizer for […]

PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC)

Publications PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC) 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 hazards posed by PVC (polyvinyl chloride) during manufacturing, product use and disposal.Download Publication Bad News Comes in 3s Exec Summary The executive summary of CHEJ’s and […]

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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. […]

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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 […]