Topics: Electronics

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 [...]

I Know What You Did Last Summer….at CEH

On Monday, September 10th, CEH and hundreds of our friends celebrated our 16th anniversary and 16 years of environmental health accomplishments with a gala at the beautiful Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.  If you missed the event, we will have photos and videos of the event to share with you soon. For now, you can [...]

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 [...]

7 Ways Smart Home Environmental Controls Will Help Save the Planet

Written by guest blogger Nick Simpson. It’s no secret that our planet (and those of us who live on it) is in danger. From global climate change to holes in the ozone layer to rapidly depleting natural resources and melting polar ice caps, our planet needs all the help it can get. Fortunately, people are [...]

Electronics Eco-Label Standard Finally Passes–but it’s still far from perfect

I have to admit that it was with mixed feelings that I received the recent news that the two latest EPEAT (electronics eco-label) standards for Imaging Equipment and Televisions has finally passed!  It felt good to know that when you buy electronics you will soon have a way to identify and purchase more environmentally-friendly printers, [...]

Flaming Mad About Chemical Industry Lies

CEH staff members have been consistently working on the problems surrounding flame retardants for the past 5 years.  We have uncovered and exposed many of the lies and deceptions that the chemical industry has perpetuated, but never in my wildest dreams, could I have imagined that the Chicago Tribune would issue a four-part investigative report [...]

Goldman Environmental Prize Winner Works to Promote Safer Electronics

Every year the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize is awarded to six extraordinary grassroots environmental heroes from around the globe – recognizing one person from each of the six inhabited continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands and Island Nations, North America, and South and Central America.  While all of this year’s prize recipients have a compelling [...]

Rallying to Stop iSweatshops

Apple built an empire around its sleek, shiny, height-of-cool brand. But that glossy image has been marred following recent media attention on Apple’s involvement with the Foxconn factory in Shenzen, China, where investigations have revealed the dark truth of where our iStuff comes from. CEH stood alongside nearly 40 students, outraged Apple customers, and representatives [...]

NPR Living on Earth: Chemicals and Health

Are you still scratching your head about what TSCA reform is and why it’s important? Wondering how scientists determine the health effects of chemicals like PERC or perfluorinated compounds? Give a listen to this Living On Earth segment featuring Richard Denison. He does a fantastic job of explaining both the science and the politics in [...]

Hey Hallmark: Valentine’s cards should bring love and joy, not toxic hazards!

Electronic cards that play songs and/or light up cannot be recycled or even thrown in the trash in California. Instead, they create massive amounts of completely unnecessary toxic e-waste. Hallmark has been a leader in the greeting card industry for more than a century—shouldn’t they be a leader in the sustainable future too?  Tell Hallmark: [...]