Monthly Archives: November 2012

Flame Retardant Chemicals in Furniture are Hard to Avoid

“Toxic flame retardant chemicals pervade the nation’s households, especially in California, and little can be done to keep them out of our bodies, two new studies show.” -SF Gate, November 2012 This week, a spate of excellent media came out, covering the release of two new studies showing the prevalence of toxic flame retardant chemicals [...]

Justice Fund Stories: Democracy in Action with Union de Vecinos

Water justice is beyond the science of contamination and clean up, it is about democracy. For the members of Union de Vecinos, this truth has mobilized and empowered their struggle for clean, healthy water for the city of Maywood, a small, working-class community in southeast Los Angeles County. For years whenever residents and members of [...]

Skip the Shopping and Do Something! Join Buy Nothing Black Friday

We’re thankful for many things around this time of year, but getting trampled at a big box store in order to snag a bit of discount on stuff (often times, pretty toxic stuff), is not one of them. That’s why we’re participating in Buy Nothing Black Friday. Watch this video from our friends at The [...]

Sharing the Story of CEH at SF Green Festival

Last weekend, CEH joined the ranks of inspiring eco-friendly organizations and companies at another successful SF Green Festival. Check out photos and quotes from CEH at SF Green Festival! “I personally had two favorite types of festival-goers,” CEH staffer Erica Petrofsky reflected.  “One type was the existing CEH supporter: people who came up to our [...]

Lead in Cosmetics and Folk Remedies

How could a toxic metal possibly infiltrate an infant’s blood so quickly? One would think through diet or living environment – not cosmetics. In some cultures, makeup is applied to young children as a form of remedy or tradition. Recently, a Massachusetts doctor discovered lead poisoning in an infant whose parents had applied “tiro,” a lead-based [...]

WATCH: You Found WHAT In My Purse?

The ABC Cincinnati I-Team came to the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) to talk to us about our discovery of high levels of lead in purses.  We told them about the health implications these purses hold, not only for the women who carry them, but for the kids who may like to play with their [...]

CEH’s Justice Fund Helps Youth-Led Group Find Solutions to Cool the Planet

From the local to the global, we are all struggling to recognize and face the climate crisis to create lasting, viable solutions and connectivity among communities. For youth in southeast San Francisco, many are living the direct connection between the effects of climate change in their home countries in Latin America and with their families [...]

CEH’s California Voter Guide 2012 – Vote to Protect Your Family’s Health

If you haven’t seen it already, check out our California Voter Guide 2012! We’re pleased to launch our 2012  Voter Guide with our positions on all of the ballot initiatives that will effect the health of you and your family.  We want to help you get the information you need to be an informed and [...]

The Big Lie: Prop 37 and Lawsuits

People should have the information they need to choose whether or not they buy genetically modified (GMO) food, so it’s been disturbing to see the lies perpetrated by Monsanto and their anti-choice allies working against Prop 37, the California GMO Right-to-Know Ballot Initiative. Prop 37 would inform consumers with labels on genetically modified (GMO) food. [...]