Monthly Archives: January 2011

It’s Triclosan Awareness Month!

During the last few weeks we’ve seen so many important triclosan-related developments that, here at CEH world headquarters, we’ve begun calling January “Triclosan Awareness Month.”  Some of it is good news, some bad, but all is important enough that we want to make sure you’re in the loop. If you’re just tuning in, triclosan is [...]

“We Don’t Want to Scare Consumers, We Simply Want Stricter Rules.”

“There’s no excuse for having lead in a bag,” CEH’s own Caroline Cox told CBS 5 News on Monday. Watch the full video to hear Caroline discuss CEH’s discovery of lead in plastic reusable bags, and set the facts straight from the plastics industry-backed propoganda.

Power Imbalance: The Emperor’s New Bracelet

“Here are Your Majesty’s trousers,” said one. “This is Your Majesty’s mantle,” said the other. “The whole suit is as light as a spider’s web. Why, you might almost feel as if you had nothing on, but that is just the beauty of it.” Hans Christian Andersen, The Emperor’s New Clothes Just before Christmas, the [...]

Take It Personally

On my way into work last Friday I heard a story on NPR about a UCSF study that found dozens of toxic chemicals in the bodies of pregnant women. I’ve written before about the vulnerable environment of the womb, and while I’m not surprised by the findings of this latest report, its release struck a [...]

A Victory in the Fight for Truly Green Chemistry Regulations

Due to relentless pressure from scientists, environmental and health organizations, and other public interest groups, the California Department of Toxic Substances has tabled the flawed Green Chemistry rules the agency released in November. This is a huge victory! CEH welcomed this major victory for California’s health and green policy and will work with the state [...]

First, Do No Harm

Here’s the latest place you’re likely to be exposed to toxic pesticides: inside an ambulance. Yes, the next time you’re lying flat on your back en route to the hospital, try not to think about the Nano-sized particles of disinfectant pesticides that were misted on every interior surface of the ambulance before you arrived.  Pesticides [...]

The Latest Lead-Tainted Disney Product: Reusable Bags

Hold on to your groceries folks—there’s a new lead-tainted Disney product discovered by the Center for Environmental Health: Disney “Cars” and “Toy Story” reusable plastic bags from Safeway. An independent lab tested the bags and found more than 15 times the federal limit for lead in children’s products. Previously CEH has found high lead levels [...]

Schwarzenegger Terminates Science, Law in Approving Cancer-Causing Strawberry Pesticide

When the California Department of Pesticide Regulation acted last month to approve use of the strawberry pesticide methyl iodide, the department gave a thumbs up to use of a cancer-causing pesticide an expert panel had said was too dangerous for use. Dr. John Froines,  chair of the committee of scientists that reviewed methyl iodide, said, [...]

Our Story of Electronics Laptop Contest Winner!

On December 20th, as promised on our website, we chose one lucky winner to receive a Red Rabbit refurbished laptop and a sustainable laptop case signed by the cast of Private Practice.  Our lucky, randomly-selected winner is Darren Beck of Olathe, Kansas, and it turns out he works on issues of sustainability, consumerism, and the environment.  [...]