Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Worried about lead and phthalates in your child's products?

Toxic Toys? How Do We Stop It?
Falls Church, VA – The Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) is releasing a new Back to School
Guide to PVC‐Free School Supplies to help parents choose safer, PVC‐free school supplies. The guide is
being released just in time for tax‐free back‐to‐school shopping. Parents across the country are stocking
up on binders and lunchboxes. But while it’s easy to know the healthiest foods to pack in those
lunchboxes, many parents are not aware of the toxic plastic used to make them. In fact, the average
child’s character‐themed backpack is filled with supplies and materials made from the most toxic plastic,
polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl).

What's the story with toxic chemicals in cosmetics?
Would you pour toxic chemicals-even a little bit-on your baby in the tub? Not if you had the choice not to! Learn more about toxic chemicals in cosmetics by watching The Story of Cosmetics, a new video just released by Annie Leonard's Story of Stuff Project, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Free Range Studios.

This is the 7 minute video we've all been waiting for that will change the personal care products industry for the better! We need to shake up the cosmetics industry and the FDA: Please watch The Story of Cosmetics and share widely!

Dioxin Hearing
A couple days ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a Science Advisory Board meeting to finalize their response to the National Academies of Sciences' report on dioxin. The board heard from a number of panels as well as members of the public. Public commenters ranged from citizens who have been fighting on the front lines of dioxin exposure in their own communities to chemical company representatives. However, whether they represented environmental health interests or the chemical industry, every person present could agree on one thing: the fact that dioxin exposure is harmful.

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