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.

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Tell Virginia legislators: Take action to control and prevent toxic pollutants that threaten our health

Now’s the time to raise your voice on key restrictions on toxic PFAS chemicals in Virginia. Urge legislators to pledge their support for these toxic pollution prevention priorities this session:

    Recent Actions

    Keep toxic chemicals out of our homes and food packaging!

    Please sign a petition to Governor Baker and the members of the Massachusetts legislature to urge them to protect our health from toxic chemicals.

    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.

    Take Action! Urge the City of Alexandria to Act on Toxic Chemicals

    Toxic chemicals such as PFAS are found in many common products such as clothing, carpets, fabrics for furniture, adhesives, paper packaging for food, firefighting foam, and heat-resistant/non-stick cookware.

    Tell McDonald's: Go PFAS Free!

    More than a million Big Mac boxes are used and thrown out each each day.

    Toxic Chemicals Blog Posts

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    September 15, 2020

    Introducing carbon nanotubes, a scientific wonder substance.  You may not have heard of carbon nanotubes (or CNTs), but they are probably already part of your life.  They may be in your cell phone or computer, where they are used as semiconductors, or part of your bike frame, where they provide strength without weight.  They could even be in your tires, helping improve handling on slick roadways.

    Warnings "Do Not Eat The Fish" due to PFAS in multiple languages
    August 25, 2020

    In states across the country, Clean Water Action is tackling the PFAS pollution problem. PFAS (per- and polyflyoroalkyl substances) is known as the "forever chemical" because it persists in the environment and in our bodies. It is associated with a range of health harms from cancers to liver impacts to reproductive issues.  PFAS can impact communities in a variety of ways so we will be share updates from spots across the country in the coming weeks to highlight some of these local impacts. Stay tuned and let us know if you'd like to get involved locally!

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    August 20, 2020

    These days, you may find yourself spending more hours in and around your home due to COVID-19.  While home, we can take some small steps now to reduce our exposure to environmental toxins to stay healthy and prep our homes for the winter months.