Flame Retardant Chemicals
Graco, one of the nation’s largest children’s products manufacturers, has committed to banning the use of four of the most toxic chemical flame retardant chemicals from its products.
A recent study found detectable levels of PBDEs and HBCDs, two flame retardant chemicals, in common foods. Butter and fish topped the list.
A new study from the Ecology Center found traces of lead, cadmium, BPA, phthalates and hazardous flame retardants in gardening products—and that chemicals in hoses leach into water.
In the first study of its kind, Duke University researchers found multiple toxic chemical flame retardants in car seats, breast-feeding pillows, changing pads, crib wedges and bassinet mattresses. Ask about flammability standards before you buy.
Conventional fabrics are doused in chemicals that can make you sick. Choose healthy, organic fabrics made from sustainable materials.
Sodas cause abnormal weight gain and are laced with unpleasant ingredients like brominated vegetable oil and BPA. Need a reason to stop drinking soda? We’ll give you six.
If passed, the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act would regulate dangerous chemicals and offer Americans better health protection from toxins in everyday products.
Environmentally induced cancer is more prevalent than expected, according to the President’s Cancer Panel’s first report on reducing environmental cancer risks.
Public outcry and increasing scientific evidence of the health hazards associated with chemicals such as BPA and triclosan cause 18 states to pass toxic chemical reforms.
Guest blogger Lorraine Halsted shares a list of toxic chemicals in cleaning products commonly found around the house.
Problems with drywall continue as the Environmental Protection Agency finds traces of mercury and formaldehyde in drywall products.
Up to 75 percent of antibacterial products carry triclosan and triclocarban, hormone-disrupting chemicals that affect brain and nervous system development.
In the second in a series on chemicals to avoid during pregnancy, Jessica discusses why and how to prevent dangerous pesticides and herbicides from entering our bodies and homes.
As tick and flea season approaches, Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence won’t be dousing her dog, Rug, in flea medicine or attaching a flea collar because she knows that these can be harmful—both for Rug and for her. Flea collars often contain tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) or propoxur, which can jeopardize Rug’s immune system and leave damaging lifelong effects.
Thanks to the practice of bluing, optical brighteners can be found in a variety of household products. Find out what optical brighteners are and how these chemicals may be affecting your health.
Reform of chemical regulation would give the EPA a strong hand in which products get to consumers, and a new Senate bill limits formaldehyde levels in composite wood products.
Conventional flooring and wallpaper products contain high levels of toxic chemicals, an Ecology Center study finds.
EcoLogo, North America’s largest environmental standard and certification mark, is initiating standards for eco-friendly pool and spa chemicals.
The Environmental Protection Agency has added short-chain chlorinated paraffins, found in paint, adhesives and plastics, to its short list of dangerous chemicals.
In the first in a series of posts on the most important chemicals to avoid during pregnancy, Jessica discusses the dangers of BPA (bisphenol-A)exposure to developing babies.
Hundreds of disease-causing chemicals could be lurking in your tap water thanks to outdated federal laws.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace contemplates greening her dry cleaning. Is it possible?
Many beauty products contain harmful chemicals, but figuring out which are the worst can be difficult. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence clues you in to the top five chemical ingredients to avoid when buying summer skin care products, and helps you learn about a few natural alternatives.
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a likely carcinogen commonly used to line non-stick cookware, also lines the inside of microwave popcorn bags.
With reports stewing of some women suffering chemical reactions after wearing Victoria's Secret bras possibly laced with formaldehyde, the quest for organic fabrics as an industry standard continues.
BPA is everywhere, but with a little know-how you can effectively cut this dangerous chemical from your life. Follow these five steps to avoid contact with BPA.
Conventional deodorants contain aluminum and other chemicals linked to cancer, elevated estrogen levels and other health problems. Witch hazel provides an effective and economical natural deodorant alternative.
Learn the facts about antibacterial soap, what the FDA has to say about it and how you can make your own simple soap.
A study of 26,000 women living near a DuPont factory in West Virginia found that as levels of PFOS rose, levels of estrogen decline, putting exposed women at risk for early menopause and other related conditions.
BPA is a dangerous chemical found in canned foods and polycarbonate plastic. Avoid it by following these easy steps.
Chemicals in conventional hair dye can cause allergic reactions and asthma, and have even been linked to cancer. Keep your beauty regime healthy; naturally dye your hair!
The Ecology Center today released new research on toxic chemicals such as lead, arsenic and mercury in low-cost children's and adult jewelry.
The chemicals in everyday personal care products can negatively affect health. Watch out for these five!
The Center for Health, Environment and Justice’s 2011 Back to School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies helps parents find safer and affordable school supplies for their children.
Reading books from your local public library is a greener alternative to buying new books.
Eliminate unpleasant odors in your home by using natural products.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the organization that is supposed to evaluate what’s good for you and not good for you, does not evaluate ingredients in beauty products. If the FDA isn’t going to monitor beauty products, who will? Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews two organizations that campaign for safer beauty products.