Monthly Archives: July 2012

If You Can’t Say It, Don’t Put It On Your Nails!

Phthalates (say “thal-lates”) are a family of chemicals used in a wide variety of products, including food packaging, cosmetics, nail polish, perfume, and flooring. An elite team of health professionals from a trio of high-powered research institutions (Harvard, the University of Rochester, and the University of Michigan) just published a compelling analysis about diabetes and exposure [...]

Give that Tiger Some Teeth: A Historic Milestone in Protecting Americans from Toxic Chemicals

Parents and concerned Americans like you have been expressing frustration about our unregulated exposure to toxic chemicals that make us sick and it appears that Congress is finally listening. Regular readers of Generation Green know that  our chemical regulatory system is broken. The outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is the main law to protect [...]

So What’s the Problem? Challenges in the Fight against Toxic Flame Retardants

Opposition to the use of chemical flame retardants has gained extraordinary momentum in just the past few months.  Catalyzed by a stunning exposé by the Chicago Tribune  and fed by a flood of ensuing media coverage, CEH and our allies have rallied scientists, doctors, activists, and community members.  Scientists have linked flame retardant exposure to [...]

Survey Says: Industry Clings to Toxic Vinyl

Our friends at the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) recently passed along the results of a survey that gives an interesting inside look at industry. The Flexible Vinyl Alliance’s Spring Survey exposes how toxic vinyl (PVC) makers view the growing movement away from the use of this particularly toxic plastic. In the past [...]

Victory + Next Steps: The Safe Chemicals Act Passes Committee

For the first time in over 30 years, Congress voted to update our outdated chemical safety laws.  In response to the growing number of parents, cancer survivors, doctors, nurses and concerned citizens who have become increasingly aware of the dangers of the toxic chemicals in our everyday products, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) [...]

Tell Congress: Pass the Safe Chemicals Act!

We’re watching…. Will you send a message to your Senators letting them know you’ll be watching? For the first time ever there will be a vote in committee on the Safe Chemicals Act and we need you to encourage your Senators to support this bill. Take Action: Tell Your Senators to Pass the Safe Chemicals [...]

The Plastic Bag Ban: Convenience Has Its Consequences

Billions of plastic bags are given away each year by grocery stores across the globe, polluting the planet and our bodies. Over the past year, Wales has seen the number of plastic bags given away by stores fall by up to 96%. What could this country have done to force such a dramatic drop? Wales [...]

Sacramento Bee: Change Safety Standards for Toxic Furniture

Crossposted from the Sacramento Bee, an op-ed by Sarah Janssen. Gov. Jerry Brown made a bold move last month when he directed a state agency to update California’s 40-year-old furniture flammability standards to improve fire safety and eliminate use of toxic and untested chemicals. Just a few weeks after Brown’s directive, the California Bureau of [...]

Flame Retardant Makers and Their Three Stooges

What do the Three Stooges have to do with harmful chemicals in our furniture and baby products? If you’ve been following our blogs and the coverage of harmful flame retardants in the news lately, you know that the chemical companies that make flame retardants–namely Albermarle, Israeli Chemical Limited, and Chemtura–have their own 3 stooges fighting [...]

A Rotten “Green” Apple?

CEH was disturbed to learn recently that Apple was leaving EPEAT, the EPA-supported group that sets environmental standards for computers and other products. Even more disturbing was the company’s refusal to explain their decision publicly or to the stakeholders within EPEAT, including CEH, which has been the leading public interest group monitoring the standards development [...]