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Graco My Size 65 Car Seat Test Results Released

July 11, 2014

As part of our 2014 car seat screening project HealthyStuff.org tested the Graco My Size 65 Convertible Car Seat for chemical hazards. This is the first of series of test results we will be releasing this year.

We are particularly interested in identifying the flame retardant chemistry used in car seats. Our test found two flame retardants in this product:

  • Thin PU foam layer (laminated to green textile): Triethyl phosphate, Tris (2-butoxyethyl) phosphate (TBEP)
  • EPS foam: 5,110 ppm Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD)

HBCDD has been found to present human health concerns based on animal test results which indicate potential reproductive, developmental, and neurological effects. Due to its persistence, toxicity, and ecotoxicity, a global ban on HBCD is occurring under the framework of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

TBEP is an alkyl phosphate flame retardant whose safety has not been fully tested. The long-term toxicity and carcinogenicity of TBEP have not been studied.

Remember: Always use a car seat! Car seat are vital safety devices and regardless of our test results you should always use a car seat with your child.

Please consider supporting our car seat testing project through our Indiegogo crowdsourcing campaign. The more we raise the more we can test!

Study finds summer seasonal products contain phthalates and other harmful chemicals

July 4, 2014

For this study, Healthy Stuff.org 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.

HealthyStuff.org launches crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to test children's car seats!

June 2, 2014

You asked, and we listened!

HealthyStuff.org 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, HealhthyStuff.org 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!

Click here to donate!

IMPORTANT REMINDER: CAR SEATS SAVE LIVES. ALWAYS USE CHILD SAFETY SEATS, REGARDLESS OF THE RATINGS AT HealthyStuff.org. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SAFE USE OF CAR SEATS, SEE CAR-SAFETY.ORG OR THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS.

New study shows toxic chemicals in everyday items from Walgreens

April 16, 2014

HealthyStuff.org tested home goods, pet products, children’s products purchased at Walgreens for toxic chemicals

Healthystuff.org 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 HealthyStuff.org (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 HealthyStuff.org 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.

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NOTICE: HealthyStuff.org ratings do not provide a measure of health risk or chemical exposure associated with any individual product, or any individual element or related chemical. HealthyStuff.org ratings provide only a relative measure of high, medium, and low concentrations of several hazardous chemicals or chemical elements in an individual product in comparison to criteria established in the site methodology.

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