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EWG: Healthy Homes Checklist
April 26, 2010, 10:33 am
Filed under: Going Green at Home, News

We created this Healthy Home Checklist for you to use as you walk through your home — and open your bathroom cabinet, look under your sink, and check those laundry supplies. It’s an easy, hands-on way to create a less toxic environment for your family. When you’re done, you’ll breathe easier (literally!) knowing that you’ve tackled the toxics that matter most in your home.

Before you get started, get the basics from EWG’s Vice President for Research, Jane Houlihan, who helped a Maryland family identify the toxic chemicals in their home on this televised home visit.

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The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: Virtual Webinar with Slow Death By Rubber Duck and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
March 9, 2010, 3:31 pm
Filed under: Events, Going Green at Home, News

 Slow Death By Rubber Duck Webinar
April 6, 2010, 5pm PT/8pm ET
Free; RSVP required 
Please join us for our next book club Webinar, featuring the “fascinating and frightening,” “cheeky” and “hard-hitting” new book, Slow Death By Rubber Duck. RSVP now for this free Webinar (which, by the way, is an interactive presentation over the phone and online) on Tuesday, April 6 at 5 p.m. Pacific/8 p.m. Eastern.

Studies show that harmful toxic chemicals are common in household items, including rubber ducks and bubble bath, and that many of these chemicals are also found inside of our bodies. Over a four-day period, Slow Death By Rubber Duck authors Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie used every day household products suspected of causing harm to our ecosystem and to human health. By revealing the pollution load in their bodies before and after the experiment, Rick and Bruce tell a unique inside story of common toxins and body burden.

On the April 6  Webinar, author and Executive Director of Environmental Defence Canada Rick Smith will read from Slow Death By Rubber Duck, and together we’ll discuss toxic chemicals found in products as common as hand soap and what you can do to protect your family and the planet.

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Toxipedia: Toxic Chemicals in Household Products
March 9, 2010, 3:28 pm
Filed under: Going Green at Home, News

Purchasing items such as cleaning products, new clothes, and furniture can be difficult when you’re trying to buy something that is free of toxic chemicals and safe for you, your family, and the environment. 

Toxipedia just made it a little bit easier with our new section on Toxic Chemicals in Household Products.  We’ve compiled some excellent information to help you learn about the chemicals commonly found in many products you buy and use everyday as well as a guide to make sure you are choosing the safest products from companies that are socially and environmentally conscious.

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Women’s Voices For The Earth: New Report on Disinfectants
November 17, 2009, 10:26 am
Filed under: Going Green at Home, News

Disinfectant Overkill: How To Clean May Be Hazardous To Our Health can be found at

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: Kid’s Face Paint – Pretty Scary!
October 28, 2009, 10:01 am
Filed under: Going Green at Home, News, Spotlight on...Lead

Ghosts and goblins aren’t the only scary things lurking around this Halloween.

A new report by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, “Pretty Scary,” reveals that some children’s face paints contain lead, a neurotoxin, as well as nickel, cobalt and chromium, which can cause lifelong skin sensitization and contact dermatitis.

Creepier yet, these metals were not listed on the products’ ingredient labels. Some products even bore misleading claims (like “hypoallergenic” and “FDA compliant”), making it tough for parents to find safe face paints. To learn more about the product tests and for tips to limit your favorite goblin’s exposure this year, check out the report and our recommendations for a safer Halloween at  We’ve even compiled some DIY recipes for Halloween makeup.

While this is particularly concerning for parents at this time of year, these products are used year-round at festivals and during dress-up. What’s more, everyday cosmetics suffer from the same lack of safety standards in the United States. Support safety: Sign the Petition for Safe Cosmetics at, which calls for the removal of toxic chemicals in all cosmetics and personal care products – from face paint to baby shampoo, and body lotion to deodorant.

p.s. Don’t forget to check out – and share! – the Campaign’s new video at, which takes a closer look at what’s really in cosmetics.

Children’s Health Magazine: Your Big Fat House
September 25, 2009, 1:22 pm
Filed under: Going Green at Home, News

Obesity-causing chemicals have invaded our homes. It’s up to you to kick them out.

Carpet (PBDEs), vinyl flooring (PVC), mattress (PBDEs), toys, (BPA), waterproof clothing (Phthalates, PFOA)

One study found that children who live in homes with vinyl flooring in the bedrooms are twice as likely to have autism. To further avoid EDCs in your bedroom: 1) Make sure the mattresses and mattress covers you buy aren’t treated with brominated flame retardants. 2) Avoid clothing that’s been coated with a water-, stain-, or dirt-repellent. 3) Throw out plastic toys that aren’t designated “BPA free” (old plastic leaches more toxins). 4) Buy PVC-free, BPA-free, and phthalate-free toys. You can find some at

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Choking on Freshness: If air “fresheners clear the air, why are we gaggin?
September 3, 2009, 9:30 am
Filed under: Going Green at Home, News

By Kat Kerlin
Dried oranges, cinnamon and cloves are a natural alternative to chemically based air fresheners. 

There they are, dangling from a car rearview window, or masking scents in a public bathroom, or emitting little smells from a home light socket. If air “fresheners” are intended to clear the air, why do they cause some people to gag?

According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commissions, some air fresheners “release pollutants more or less continuously.” For starters, there are phthalates. Phthalates are hazardous chemicals that have been linked to hormonal abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive problems. When released into the air, phthalates can be inhaled or absorbed by the skin. In a well-publicized study in 2007, the Natural Resources Defense Council evaluated 14 air fresheners from a Walgreens store and found phthalates in 86 percent of them, even those labeled as “all natural” or “unscented.”

The chemicals don’t stop with phthalates, however. A 2008 University of Washington study of six name-brand air fresheners and laundry products found that each gave off at least one chemical regarded by federal law as toxic or hazardous, and yet none of the chemicals were listed on the product labels. Manufacturers aren’t required to list ingredients, including what can be the several chemicals labeled simply as “fragrance” on the product. One plug-in air freshener in the study carried more than 20 different volatile organic compounds, seven of which are regulated as toxic or hazardous by federal law.

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