Newsletters

January 2018: A game of toxic ‘whack-a-mole’

The Green Science Policy Institute and I wish you a very happy and healthy 2018. This is a big year for us–our tenth anniversary! Hard to believe it has been a decade since the Institute was founded to address the problem of toxic flame retardants in furniture and baby products. We’ll be letting you know about some fun events to mark this special occasion. …

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October 2017: Brains in danger?

During these challenging times, we have some uplifting news about the increased awareness and decreased use of two of our Six Classes of chemicals of concern. Please check out the dramatic short videos below for some inspiration. Will Flame Retardants Continue to Harm Future Generations? A precedent-setting notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) waspublished last month in the Federal Register warning manufacturers, consumers, and especially pregnant women and children against using the entire class of organohalogen flame retardants in children’s products, furniture, mattresses,…

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September 2017: A BIG Day for a Big Idea

Yesterday was indeed a very BIG day for our “Big Idea” petition! In a landmark decision, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) granted our joint petition to protect children, firefighters, and consumers from the entire harmful chemical class of organohalogen flame retardants in children’s products, furniture, mattresses, and electronics cases. In collaboration with Earthjustice and a coalition of NGO colleagues we submitted the petition in 2015. Many years of hard work paid off yesterday when, to our amazement, the CPSC commissioners voted to enact the petition. This…

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August 2017: It doesn’t have to be that way

I am just back from a snorkeling, bird watching and volcano hiking holiday in Nicaragua. My memories of marshes teeming with herons and egrets and of a giant Eagle Ray powering through the water above brightly-colored coral reefs renews my passion to reduce the unnecessary and harmful chemicals in these magnificent creatures and in all of us. And so very sadly the highest levels of persistent toxics like flame retardants and fluorinated chemicals are found in large marine creatures and human infants. But it…

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June 2017: Buyer Beware: Are you using antimicrobials?

We hope you are enjoying the beginning of summer. Last week marked the culmination of nearly two years of research and planning with the launch of both the Florence statement on Triclosan and Triclocarban and our series of four- minute long videos on Six Classes of chemicals of concern. These videos will bring to a much larger audience our Six Classes strategy of limiting the use of harmful chemical classes for healthier products and people. You can view the videos on our new website at www.SixClasses.org or…

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May 2017: You’re invited: Six Classes video launch

We hope you are enjoying a happy and healthy spring. We have been working hard on the upcoming online launch of our new short Six Classes videos. These videos should help you understand these chemicals of concern in everyday products and make better purchasing decisions. Join us on June 22, June 29, and July 7 for one-hour webcasts including the four minute videos and live conversations with scientists and thought leaders. Please register here, and share the invitation below with your…

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April 2017: Sitting on the Lakefront

While visiting friends in Milwaukee this month, I was awed by the beauty and scale of Lake Michigan. A number of people I met enjoy the Great Lakes for recreation, but the Lakes are also critical to the vitality of the region. Canada and the U.S. recently agreed on a set of Chemicals of Mutual Concern for the water quality of the Great Lakes. The list includes several halogenated flame retardants and highly fluorinat ed chemicals. To address these pollutants,…

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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…

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