Protecting Our Health from Toxic Chemicals

Toxic chemicals surround us—in our air, water, homes, and workplaces.  Many chemicals used in everyday products, like plastics, cosmetics, body care products, toys and furniture, increase the risk of serious illnesses. Clean Water Action is working to reduce the use of and exposure to toxic chemicals in our homes, workplaces and communities. This includes:

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Protecting our Health from Toxic Chemicals

Every day, we are exposed to toxic chemicals in food, water, the environment, and consumer products. While most Americans assume that products must be tested for safety before they are put on store shelves, many of the items in stores and our homes contain chemicals known to be toxic. Many more chemicals in everyday use have never been tested for safety. Cleaning agents, personal care products, household furniture, food packaging, and children’s toys all contain chemicals of concern.

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    Mind the Store

    Consumers are exposed to thousands of harmful chemicals from the products they use every day. Personal care products, textiles, food containers and even the receipts we are handed at the register contain toxic chemicals, many linked to major health problems like cancer, infertility, and developmental issues for infants.

    Toxic Hot Seat

    Flame Retardants

    Flame retardant chemicals have been linked to cancer, learning and developmental disabilities in children and many more health issues.

    Under the wire: Mass. legislature sends bill to Governor’s desk that will protect children and firefighters from toxic flame retardants

    “This is a huge new year’s gift to all Massachusetts families and in particular firefighters,” said Elizabeth Saunders, Massachusetts Director for Clean Water Action and board member of the Alliance. “These chemicals have been putting our children and firefighters at risk for decades and it’s high time that they are removed from the products that we bring into our homes. We’re counting on Governor Baker to join the legislature in prioritizing protection for our most vulnerable by signing this bill into law.”

    From We All Live Downstream

    Sarah Naiman
    March 25, 2019

    This March,  in commemorating International Women’s Month, we’ve worked to highlight the role of inspiring women in our network...women who are pushing boundaries and bringing fresh ideas, fighting for a healthy and just tomorrow. In that spirit, meet Sarah Naiman!

    Jim Baudy from WGBH at Simmons
    March 19, 2019

    I’ve learned a lot about the dangers of exposure to toxic chemicals through flame retardants at Clean Water Action. They’re everywhere in our homes: in mattresses, furniture, even children’s toys.

    This is a really important issue to be aware of, but there is a real lack of awareness amongst my fellow college students.

    Protect our water from PFAS
    February 14, 2019

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a plan that summarizes ongoing activity, affirms commitments the agency made in May 2018, and announces several new initiatives. The  “PFAS Action Plan” is an exhaustive review of what EPA is doing and commits to some new initiatives.

    Given the urgency around PFAS chemicals it is still literally the least EPA can do.