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.

It's Time for Maryland to Ban Chlorpyrifos

Chlorpyrifos is a toxic pesticide that is proven to cause brain damage in children, contaminate waterways, and harm wildlife. When samples were tested from the Chesapeake Bay, 90% of the samples tested had chlorpyrifos and

Recent Actions

Tell Governor Lamont to Take Bold Action on PFAS

On July 9th, Governor Lamont formed a taskforce to make recommendations on how to manage PFAS contamination.  This is good news but we want to make sure comprehensive steps are taken to 1) restrict firefighting foam, 2) restrict other sources of contamination like food packaging, 3) implement strict water testing guidelines and 4) set a health protective drinking water standard.

Tell major retailers: Get toxic chemicals out of products and packaging!

Will you send an email to all fourteen companies that earned F grades? These companies, including Ulta, Starbucks, and TJ Maxx/Marshalls need to hear from you.

Protecting Minnesotans from toxic chemicals

The 2020 Minnesota State Legislative Session begins February 11th -- and it’s going to be busy.

Toxic Chemicals Blog Posts

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November 21, 2019

This week, we helped to release the 4th annual Who’s Minding the Store? report card grading 43 major retailers on their actions to keep toxic chemicals out of products and packaging.

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November 20, 2019

This week, we helped to release the 4th annual Who’s Minding the Store? www.retailerreportcard.org report card grading 43 major retailers on their actions to keep toxic chemicals out of products and packaging.

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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.