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Buyer beware: REI uses certifications that allow toxic “forever chemicals”

Most REI members or shoppers most likely assume that products with an eco-label like bluesign® would never contain carcinogens, reproductive toxicants, or chemicals (e.g., PFAS) that can wind up contaminating breast milk. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. 
EPA's label is a useful tool for consumers and companies.
Newly published research shows that quats, the active chemicals in many household disinfectant cleaners, are frequently found in breast milk.
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The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment selected our on PFAS in breast milk for its 2022 Grassroots Film Fest.  

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Though the Congressional to-do list for September is large, we’ve already waited too long for federal action on PFAS in food packaging. Urgent action must take place.
Advocates from across the country are taking to the streets, braving the hot weather while visiting REI stores around the country calling for meaningful action on the PFAS contamination crisis. Join us in telling REI to #BanPFAS!
Walmart and its suppliers have removed 37 million pounds of toxic chemicals from the products it sells!
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REI recently made headlines for the unionization of its workers at its flagship SoHo store in New York City, part of a nationwide trend of retail and warehouse workers unionizing. But, this is not the only pressing issue facing REI.
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to require comprehensive reporting on asbestos imports, use, and disposal. When finalized, the rule will require “manufacturers and producers of certain types of asbestos and asbestos-containing articles (including as an impurity) in the last four years to report certain exposure-related information, including quantities of asbestos manufactured […]
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At one of his last public events, the founding director of Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Andy Igrejas accepted the 2017 Tribute of Inspiration award from Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) on our behalf. In his remarks, he made it clear that the true honor belonged to all the families who had lost loved ones to […]

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