Nonstick PFAS Chemicals in Takeout Packaging, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, Fall 2018
Safer Chemicals Healthy Families partnered with Toxic-Free Future to conduct research on food and takeout packaging from products in the nation’s top grocery stores. The researchers discovered that nearly two-thirds of paper takeout containers are likely to be coated with PFAS chemicals while there are PFAS-free alternatives available yet remain underutilized.
Forever Chemicals Are Everywhere, Washington Post, Winter 2018
In this Washington Post op-ed, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Joseph G. Allen remarks on the dangers of persistent “Forever Chemicals,” also known as chemicals with a fluorine-carbon backbone. Commonly found in our cookware, drinking water, and the furniture in our homes; these “Forever Chemicals” are already present in the blood of 98 percent of Americans and exposure is strongly linked to cancer and high cholesterol.
“Trump’s Legacy: Damaged Brains”, New York Times, Fall 2017
In this New York Times op-ed, Nicholas Kristoff remarks on the Trump Administrations reversal of banning a nerve-gas derivative, chlorpyrifos, which is ubiquitous in pesticides be used in agriculture, the water supply, household products, and more. This chemical is shown to alter the structure of your brain and is linked to cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, Fall 2017
In this comprehensive study of the health impacts of global pollution, a group of leading scientists and economists found that pollution was linked to nine million deaths worldwide in 2015, which is equivalent to one in six deaths. Further, it found that welfare losses due to pollution were estimated to cost more than $4.6 trillion each year, equivalent to 6.2% of global economic output. Read the full report for a detailed discussion of the methodology and findings and this press release from the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution for highlights.
“Mr. Trump Outdoes Himself in Picking a Conflicted Regulator”, New York Times, Fall 2017
In this New York Times op-ed, the Editorial Board shares the industry-friendly history of the Trump Administration’s nomination of Michael Dourson to lead the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, and its implication on regulating chemicals harmful to human health.
“Why Has the E.P.A. Shifted on Toxic Chemicals? An Industry Insider Helps Call the Shots”, New York Times, Fall 2017
Eric Lipton provides a detailed account of the history of the EPA and federal toxics regulation, with a focus on the current federal administration’s intimate relationship with industry and its implications on human health.
“60 MiNueTs”, University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), Summer 2017
In this compelling short video series, UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) interviews the nation’s top scientists and physicians to provide insight into the toxic movements through an environmental health and public health lens.
“Are the Chemicals We Encounter Every Day Making Us Sick?”, University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), Summer 2017
In this profile on UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE), Dr. Tracey Woodruff discusses the intersection of medicine, science, and policy advocacy, and how to best integrate these disciplines to reduce exposure to environmental contaminants that affect human reproduction and development.
Green Science Policy Institute (GSPI) Launches Six Classes Video Campaign, Summer 2017
In a series of compelling short videos, GSPI shares more information about each of its six chemical classes of concern and action items for everyday consumers. GSPI frames toxics work on six classes of chemicals, instead of on individual chemicals, in order to more effectively reduce and replace entire groups of toxic chemical compounds that have similar harmful properties.
“The Womb Is No Protection From Toxic Chemicals“, New York Times, Spring 2017
In this New York Times op-ed, a public health expert makes the case to increase chemical regulation that will reduce everyday exposure of toxic chemicals for children, pregnant women, and their fetuses.
Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) Launches Preservative Challenge, Spring 2017
The GC3, a cross-sectoral network promoting green chemistry in supply chains, has launched a global competition to identify innovators developing preservatives with improved environmental health and safety profiles for use in cosmetics, personal care and household products. Entrants must submit their proposals by August 24, 2017, and the challenge will award three to five cash prizes from the $175,000 prize pool, with a minimum single prize award of $25,000.
“How businesses are responding to rising demand for chemical transparency“, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, Spring 2017
Clean Production Action’s Bev Thorpe details the rise of companies disclosing their chemical ingredients in response to consumer demand. She states: “The business case for knowing the chemicals in your products has now evolved to the business case for becoming publicly accountable.”
“Stop Playing Whack-a-mole with Hazardous Chemicals“, Washington Post, Winter 2016
In this Washington Post op-ed, a public health expert makes the case for regulation and innovation that removes entire families of harmful chemicals from commerce, instead of addressing one chemical at a time.
Lead in Water Action Kit Launched, Spring 2016 www.hbbf.org/test-kits-start
Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF) is an alliance of scientists, nonprofit organizations and donors working to create and support initiatives that measurably reduce exposures to neurotoxic chemicals in the first thousand days of development. The “Lead in Water Action Kit” is a foundational piece in HBBF’s work to reduce children’s exposure to neurotoxic chemicals.
Safer Made Launched, Spring 2016 www.rachelsnetwork.org/safermade
Forsythia Foundation is an anchor investor in Safer Made, a new impact-driven venture capital fund that invests in high-potential companies and technologies that reduce people’s exposure to toxic chemicals. Read foundation president Alison Carlson’s call for safer alternatives to toxics through investing in Safer Made through her guest blog post with Rachel’s Network, a community of women at the intersection of environmental advocacy, philanthropy, and leadership.