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Study finds summer seasonal products contain phthalates and other harmful chemicals

July 4, 2014

For this study, Healthy purchased and tested 121 consumer products that include common products used in the household, outdoors, and for 4th of July festivities. These products were purchased in national retailers, including Target, Walmart, Kroger, Meijers, Big Lots, Walgreens, and CVS.

About 12% of the products (15 of 121) contained lead (Pb) above 100 ppm, exceeding the CPSC limit set on children’s products. These products are popular items currently sold at major retailers for summer outdoor activities including picnic supplies, beach/pool gear and 4th of July accessories. launches crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to test children's car seats!

June 2, 2014

You asked, and we listened! is launching a crowdfunding campaign via IndieGoGo to help fund the testing of children's car seats this summer! With your wonderful support, we plan to test between 15 - 20 of the newest car seat models. In a 2011 study, tested over 150 car seats and found more than half (60%) contained at least one of the following chemicals: bromine (associated with brominated flame retardants); chlorine (indicating the presence of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC and plasticizers); lead; other heavy metals, and allergens. It's 2014 and it's time for a fresh batch of car seats to test. Companies such as Graco, Orbit Baby, Britax and Clek have released statements that they are phasing out the use of these toxic chemicals from their car seats. But the only way to find out is to put them to the test, which is what we plan to do this summer!

We really hope we can complete this important study as it will not only provide valuable information to you but also pressure car seat manufacturers to phase out these toxic chemicals and replace them with healthier alternatives. You'll not only be helping us, but also help protect the health of children!

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New study shows toxic chemicals in everyday items from Walgreens

April 16, 2014 tested home goods, pet products, children’s products purchased at Walgreens for toxic chemicals purchased pet products, children’s products, and other home goods from Walgreens stores and tested the products for hazardous chemicals, including arsenic, lead, bromine, chlorine, mercury and cadmium. The study is part of ongoing research at (a project of the Michigan-based nonprofit organization, the Ecology Center) on harmful chemicals in consumer products that are sold by each of the top ten U.S. retailers. Previous results can be viewed by retailer at the Retailer Center.

Ecology Center researchers tested 44 products for substances that have been linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, liver toxicity, and cancer. A variety of products contained chemicals of concern at levels restricted in one or more of the most protective regulatory, corporate and third-party restrictions on hazards in consumer products.

Local advocates will release the study data and call on Walgreens to Mind the Store at a press conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

March Badness - Most Toxic Product Award Announced!

April 1, 2014

Over 2,000 March Badness fans voted in the past two weeks - The University of Florida Lunch Bag has won the Most Toxic Product award! The lunch bag contained levels of lead that exceed the US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) standards. tested 65 university-themed products (representing 19 universities) for substances that have been linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, liver toxicity, and cancer. The study found that over 71% of the products tested contained one or more toxic chemicals, including arsenic, lead, bromine, chlorine and mercury and cadmium. Several of the products tested routinely exceeded CPSC standards for lead (15%) and phthalates (16 of 18 tested).

The popular items tested include banners, t-shirts, key chains, and drink koozies, purchased across the nation from different retailers.

Take a look at our "Who's in your bracket?" video and our EcoSports Center to learn more about these toxic products!

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