Author archives: Avery Lindeman

February 2017: Consuming Toxic Chemicals with our Fast Food?

Since our last newslettter we have made significant progress with our efforts to reduce the use of highly fluorinated stain and water repellents. Our joint paper Fluorinated compounds in US fast food packaging was downloaded over 4,000 times in the first week after publication, and received major press coverage around the world. The paper illuminates the widespread use of these chemicals in food packaging – the first step towards reducing their use. Several fast food chains had not known their packaging contained fluorinated…

Read more

The Never-Ending Story: Chemicals that Outlive – and Harm – Us

February 22, 2017

Chemical manufacturers have agreed to pay $670 million in damages to people with cancer and other health harm from exposure to a recently phased-out highly fluorinated chemical. In a peer-reviewed feature article, A Never-Ending Story of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs)? in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, researchers highlight that numerous related chemicals continue to provide…

Read more

The Flame Retardant Dilemma and Beyond

February 10, 2017

This symposium brought together contributors from academia, industry, government, and NGOs to share information on the science and policy of harmful chemicals used in consumer products and building materials.

When: February 10, 2017, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Where: University Hall, Berkeley, California, USA…

Read more