Monthly Archives: October 2011

Greenwash of the Month: Breast Cancer Prevention and Fracking Chemicals Don’t Mix

It’s breast cancer awareness month, and we’ve found a bad case of pinkwashing.  For the past two years, Chesapeake Energy Corp., a Marcellus Shale gas-drilling company, has been participating in the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition’s (PBCC) annual “Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer” home-run baseball derby. Chesapeake Energy reported more than $25 million in charitable [...]

Hundreds Celebrate 15 Years of CEH Success!

On Monday, October 24, more than 250 friends, families, and supporters of the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) toasted the first 15 years of our successful action to protect children and families from harmful chemicals at a gala event in San Francisco. Welcomed by our Board member Paul Adelstein, the crowd heard from a panel [...]

Danger at Disneyland: Lead Poisoning

The “happiest place on Earth” just became a little less happy. Today, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation (Mateel), and the Ecological Rights Foundation (ERF) reported on high levels of lead found at Disney’s California theme parks, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. In one item at Disneyland that is accessible [...]

Apple’s Legacy?

The whole world has been talking about Steve Jobs and his legacy.  Here at the CEH, we’ve discussed the other side of Apple’s legacy–the not-so-pretty side that examines how  those treasured electronic products we all use are made, and who makes them.  Namely, it is people working 12-hour shifts in the Foxconn factory in China–where [...]

Chemical Industry Reverses Its Position on Toxic Chemical BPA

After the exciting news that California Governor Brown had passed bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles and sippy cups, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) came out with a shocking statement. According to an ACC email sent to Gretchen Lee Salter, policy manager of the Breast Cancer Fund, “There is no reason to worry about bisphenol-A (BPA) [...]

Come Party with Us! A Behind-the-Scenes look at CEH’s 15th Anniversary coming up on October 24th

What are you doing on Monday night, two weeks from now?  Doesn’t sipping champagne, mingling with famed special guests, hearing about the future of sustainability, and getting the opportunity to score a slew of exceptional auction items sound more thrilling than your usual Monday evening routine? We’ve kicked our event planning into high gear, working [...]

Stand with Truck Drivers: Support Clean Air & Green Jobs!

The current system is broken and it’s wreaking havoc on the lungs and livelihoods of millions of working families living near America’s ports. Support of good jobs and clean air by taking a pledge to support Port workers in their fight! Tell the global shipping and trucking industry that they must pay to clean up [...]

There’s Something Fishy About Failures to Label GMO Food

While FDA has not yet approved sale of genetically engineered (GMO) salmon, a new “harmoniously raised” salmon just marketed last month is making GMO waves. Sold by AquaChile, the Verlasso-brand salmon claims environmental cred by reducing the use of fish feed used to raise their salmon. Instead of fish feed, the company uses yeast to [...]

Victory! BPA Ban Signed into Law

Last night, California Governor Jerry Brown sign the Toxin-Free Infants and Toddler’s Act into law! This valuable legislation will keep Californian kids safer and healthier by banning bisphenol-A (BPA) from baby bottles and sippy cups.  This would not have been possible without the thousands of CEH supporters who have shown their support for this bill [...]

Laying Down the Evidence: Toxic Flame Retardants in Mattress Pads

Flame retardant chemicals are a $4 billion a year industry, and the companies that produce these often harmful compounds want to keep it that way, regardless of the health and environmental consequences of their products. This makes it even more important to review Elizabeth Grossman’s roundup of evidence showing that flame retardants can accumulate in [...]