Shopping at a store shouldn’t involve guesswork about whether a TV contains toxic flame retardants or a shampoo is made with hormone-disrupting chemicals. But the reality is that consumers are hard-put to make healthy decisions for their families because there are few restrictions on the toxic chemicals used in consumer products. Continue reading
Editor’s Note: This post was written by Toxic-Free Future’s Science Intern Colin Hartke. Colin, along with three other interns Erik Hanley, Sara Petruska, and Jane Nguyen, worked on Toxic-Free Future’s Lead Awareness Project to identify community partners and study participants, as well as assist participants to reduce sources of lead in their homes.
A job posting from Toxic-Free Future immediately caught my attention and piqued my interest. The advertisement called for a School of Public Health graduate student at the University of Washington to collaborate on a project focused on understanding and reducing levels of lead in Puget Sound area homes. Within weeks of first seeing the posting, I found myself diving deep into the project alongside the Toxic-Free Future team. Continue reading
Lead can be found in paint, water, soil, dust, and other materials. Exposure to lead can cause lifelong effects in children, including brain damage and developmental delays. The good news is that we can help prevent lead poisoning with early detection of lead in homes. Continue reading
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced yesterday that it will begin evaluating ten chemicals under the new federal chemicals law passed this summer. The list includes asbestos, the dry cleaning chemical tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchloroethylene), and dioxane, a cancer-causing chemical found in baby shampoos and other personal care products. Continue reading