Even in a company producing "greener" building materials made primarily from recycled cardboard, our workers were exposed to hazardous airborne dust and gases, and handled ingredients whose chemical composition was a mystery to everyone on the factory floor.
Consumers get it. They are no longer willing to accept the staggering health issues their children are facing as a result of harmful chemicals. We are seeing a new food system come into play and good alternatives to harmful cleaning agents and pesticides. But it is not enough.
For many of us, our frustration around toxic chemicals is amplified when we go shopping. It's along those aisles that we turn over the products, in the slim chance that the labels will tell us something about the product's safety, only to be disappointed.
For those of you who have been asking questions, signing petitions and calling manufacturers, it's working. The market is shifting away from toxic chemicals and towards a little bit more piece of mind.
The presence of unregulated toxic chemicals in our food, consumer products, air, and water -- and the dangers those chemicals pose, particularly to children -- have galvanized mothers across the country.
All Americans, including pregnant women, are carrying these chemicals -- including ones that did not exist 50 years ago -- around in their blood and fatty tissue. No one in the federal government has a handle on the problem or the authority to restrict chemicals in common sense ways.
On November 10th, Stroller Brigades will take place in Delaware, Idaho, Arkansas, Virginia, Rhode Island and California; more will be announced in the next few weeks. Can you find one close to you -- or set one up yourself -- and walk with us?
Volunteers submitted cubic-inch pieces of polyurethane foam cut from 101 baby products to a Duke University research laboratory. More than 80 percent of the samples contained hazardous or untested chemical flame retardants.
Schwarzenegger announced a partnership between California and Denmark to rotect consumers against chemical exposure. Congress should look to California for an example of proactive action and prioritizing human health.