Toxic Chemicals

From before we are born until the time we die, we are repeatedly and regularly exposed to toxic chemicals with the potential to seriously harm our health. Toxic chemicals can be found in our homes, schools and workplaces – in products we use on a daily basis. We're fighting at local, state, and federal levels to fix our chemical laws and find safer alternatives to the chemicals in everyday products.

Protect Our Fire Fighters from PFAS

Tell Pennsylvania legislators to protect our firefighters and families from toxic PFAS. Vote NO on SB 919 and work toward completely banning the use of firefighting foam that contains PFAS instead. 

Recent Actions

Tell the State Water Board to Protect CA Drinking Water From PFAS

 Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are a family of approximately 4700 synthetic chemicals used in a wide array of products and industrial processes, including non-stick cookware, clothing, carpets, and industrial

Tell Governor Newsom: Take On PFAS!

Poly- and perfluorinated alkyl substances, commonly known as PFAS, are a class of almost 5,000 man-made chemicals that pose a serious threat to public health and the environment:

Toxic Chemicals Blog Posts

PFAS Rhode Island
November 14, 2019

We’re celebrating some big wins with our Mind the Store campaign work this fall! This campaign focuses on targeting major retailers and urging them to work with their suppliers to shift away from toxic chemicals in products, including the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS or per and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Recent highlights include: 

September 17, 2019: Home Depot announces it will no longer sell carpets or textiles containing PFAS chemicals.

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November 12, 2019

Learn more about our Fall Harvest event!

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October 22, 2019

How can your City green its procurement? Safer States developed a Sustainable Procurement Roadmap with sample policies and strategies for implementation. Both the Center for Environmental Health and the Responsible Purchasing Network are available for one-on-one technical support.