Monthly Archives: October 2012

Non-Toxic Halloween Candy: To Protect Your Health, Be Picky and Choosy

You may have heard by now that CEH has found dangerous levels of lead in some types of plum and ginger candy.  We’ve taken legal action against eight retailers and distributors of plum and ginger candies, urging the companies to take immediate action to get the products off of store shelves. But Halloween is right [...]

GMO Food Labeling: Lies and the Lying GMO Food Liars Who Tell Them

It’s no surprise that Monsanto and their agribusiness and Big Food industry friends are spending upwards of $40 million to keep Californians in the dark about genetically modified (GMO) foods. Their anti-Prop 37 campaign intends to run nonstop TV, radio and (if they could) subliminal-beamed-into-your -brain messages designed to scare you about this simple ballot [...]

Stand With Kids, NOT the Chemical Industry: Support the Safe Chemicals Act!

The chemical lobby has spent millions in this election to back candidates for Congress. Congress needs to protect American families from toxic chemicals by supporting the Safe Chemicals Act.  Send a message to your federal candidates today and let them know that you care deeply about increased oversight on toxic chemicals. Tell your Congressional candidates [...]

Safe Chemicals Action Day: Call for ALL Candidates to Stand with Kids, Not the Chemical Lobby

Join people across the country for Safe Chemicals Action Day! Every day American families are exposed to toxic chemicals like lead, cadmium, and formaldehyde — often times through consumer products in our homes. Science shows links between toxic chemicals and childhood cancer, early puberty, infertility and learning and developmental disabilities. This is unacceptable. The chemical [...]

Forever 21: Forever Toxic?

The popular retailer Forever 21 is a leader in cheap, fast fashion. It offers one-stop shopping for clothes and accessories which look like they came straight from yesterday’s catwalk but are only a fraction of the price.  This strategy has helped to make Forever 21 stores ubiquitous in malls across the nation and their styles [...]

Cadmium in Jewelry Gets Headlines Again

“Feds muff kid cadmium in jewelry crackdown” — Justin Pritchard, Associated Press Bureaucratic inertia, too much acceptance of industry claims, a small budget, and a small staff of inspectors combine to make the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s efforts to remove toxic cadmium-containing jewelry from store shelves less than effective. So says the Associated Press, that has just [...]

From Dolly to Dinner: Your Right to Know

In California, voters have a chance next month to take a stand for our right to know when our food has been genetically modified, whether in plants or animals, by voting YES on Prop 37, the Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. GMO foods are currently found in 70% of packaged foods in conventional [...]

Green Windows or Green Washing?

Buying energy efficient windows is a win-win:  the environment wins because less energy need be generated through the burning of fossil fuels, and the consumer wins by saving money on energy bills.  It’s no surprise, then, that many homeowners are willing to pay a higher price for windows that claim to be energy efficient.  What [...]

Book Review: Rooftop Revolution

Many of us feel helpless when facing the looming threats of climate change and ask, “What can I do?”  You may already recycle, buy organic groceries, and drive a fuel efficient car, but have you thought about changing the way you consume energy entirely?  Danny Kennedy’s Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy–and [...]

Artificial Turf: A Synthetic Chemical Stew

In the 1960s, my high school (I’m giving away my age) had what is probably best described as a pathetic football field. Patchy grass that was almost as much sand as it was grass; decrepit bleachers that had room for a couple hundred people; and a small but enthusiastic crowd for game nights. My high [...]