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Did you know the hand soap, toothpaste or facial scrub you are using may contain small plastic pellets that are contaminating our water? Many of us are unknowingly rubbing small plastic particles all over our skin and gums when we use personal care products containing microbeads. Added to soaps and other products as exfoliants or for decoration, microbeads are made of the same plastics used in pop bottles and garbage bags. When we wash our face or brush our teeth with microbead containing products, the microbeads are washed down the drain into wastewater treatment facilities. This isn’t a small amount of plastic either. Microbead products have been found to contain up to 360,000 beads in one product alone. Due to their small size, many of these plastics can’t be filtered out during treatment and end up in our water.
Before you shop for new furniture, be sure to check out our list of companies who are flame retardant-free or are in the process of phasing out flame retardants.
Flame retardants are unnecessary for fire safety and are linked to birth defects, cancer and other health effects. Added to polyurethane foam in upholstered furniture, these chemicals migrate out of foam into house dust and into our bodies.
Studies have found 2-5 times higher levels of these chemicals in toddlers than in their parents
The nation's largest furniture company, Ashley Furniture, recently announced they are phasing out flame retardants. Thank Ashley Furniture for doing the right thing and encourage them to finish the job by publicly disclosing their timeframe for eliminating these harmful chemicals in furniture foam, textiles and backing.
As the #1 manufacturer and retailer of furniture in the country and one of the largest worldwide, this could have a big impact in getting these harmful chemicals out of our couches and furniture. We applaud Ashley Furniture for doing what’s right for the health of American families by phasing out these harmful chemicals from furniture.
Did you know the shampoo, cleaner, or laundry detergent you wash down the drain can harm your health and the health of our water?
Find out how these chemicals are making their way from our products into our bodies and water
Learn steps you can take to reduce your exposure and protect your health and our water
The energy we use in Minnesota is directly connected to the quantity and quality of our water. Energy production is the largest consumer of water in the state and the old ways of generating power which rely on burning fossil fuels or nuclear fission harm our health and our environment.
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are not just a nuisance when they reach Minnesota’s water but are a significant economic, safety and water quality threat. The most effective and feasible approach is to prevent their introduction. Clean Water Action is working on multiple fronts to prevent the next invaders from reaching our waters. Learn what you can do to help.