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Toxic Free Kids Act 2018: All chemicals reported

Below is a table of all chemicals of concern reported to the Oregon Health Authority as occurring in children's products as of September, 2018. These reports from manufacturers comply with the Toxic Free Kids Act. The table may take a minute to load into the screen below. !function(e,t,s,i){var n="InfogramEmbeds",o=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0],d=/^http:/.test(e.location)?"http:":"https:";if(/^\/{2}/.test(i)&&(i=d+i),window[n]&&window[n].initialized)window[n].process&&window[n].process();else if(!e.getElementById(s)){var r=e.createElement("script");r.async=1,r.id=s,r.src=i,o.parentNode.insertBefore(r,o)}}(document,0,"infogram-async","https://...

Retailer report card for safer shopping

Some day, we will be able to trust in the chemical safety of the products we buy. Until then: we have the retailer’s report card. It shows how much progress 40 retailers have made to understand and eliminate toxic chemicals in everyday products. OEC is one of hundreds of allies in the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition, which has been challenging retailers to sell safer products since 2013. Read the full report at retailerreportcard.com The Good News:Apple, Target, Ikea and Wal-Mart are in the lead with strong policies to track and reduce thousands of toxic chemicals. These stores show that clothes, baby care, ...

Chemicals of Concern In Children’s Products

In 2015 the Oregon legislature passed the Toxic Free Kids Act. The law requires manufacturers who make children’s products to report when their products contain toxic chemicals that are scientifically linked to health impacts in kids.

Where there’s smoke….

Oregon is feeling the devastation of California’s fires this November, and our friends and neighbors will need our help to recover. We’re also likely to feel the smoke here in Oregon.(See NY Times: How To Help Those Affected by the California Fires).The jet stream can carry smoke and particles from Western fires all the way across the country, according to NASA. When weather pulls that smoke out of jet stream and down to breathing levels, it can harm health hundreds of miles away from the fire. We’re grateful for doctors, nurses and caregivers who help people cope with the health effects of smoke.Check air quality alerts at airnow....

Warning for Do-It-Yourself Projects

Two deadly paint stripping ingredients are for sale on hardware-store shelves today, right next to safer alternatives. Even if you use protective gear, the health risks may be serious. These chemicals are linked to 60 deaths in the United States, including the death of Michael Richartz of Portland, Oregon, who was stripping paint from a bathtub when he was overcome. That doesn’t begin to count the harm to the nervous system, reproductive system and children’s developing bodies. If you are a hobbyist or handy-person, here is more information to help protect yourself and your family. How to avoid the most toxic paint strippersTwo toxic ...

No to Fear, No to Measure 105

We believe that environmental values are about care and respect for people and places. That’s why we are so firmly against ballot Measure 105, and we reject the tactics of Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR) to spur environmental fears in order to promote an anti-immigrant agenda.

Act now for clean buses tomorrow

Very soon (in September 2018), Oregon's biggest user of diesel fuel will make a decision. Will TriMet invest in the cleanest buses for the future? Your comments can make a difference. Here are the details:Right now, Portland's transit provider, TriMet, is choosing how to invest public dollars dedicated to transit that come from a funding package passed by the 2017 Oregon Legislature. TriMet is taking public comments on the plan in September through an online form and open houses around the city.TriMet’s plan includes many smart investments that will more equitably meet the needs of our communities with greater speed and reliability. ...

Toxic disasters aren’t so far from home

The story of a West Virginia town changed forever by toxic pollution captured the hearts and minds of Portlanders at the Oregon debut of the documentary "The Devil We Know." The film tells a disturbing and well-researched story of how a chemical company knowingly dumped a toxic, persistent chemical (PFOA) into the drinking water supply (see investigative reporting on the story).While the disaster may seem far away, it hits home to know that the same chemical is in nearly all of our homes—and all of our bodies (see details from the Centers for Disease Control).What's more, the tactics that the chemical company used to deny responsibility for ...

United against an anti-immigrant ballot measure

Fear is not a healthy environment—and hate is not an environmental solution.An anti-immigrant group in Oregon was able to gather enough signatures to qualify Measure 105 for Oregon’s November ballot last week. The group has been preying on fears of water scarcity, pollution and global warming to promote anti-immigrant actions like this one.Measure 105 would overturn Oregon’s sanctuary law that has worked for 30 years. It would divert police and taxpayer dollars for the police away from community safety, including environmental safety. It would direct police to stop and detain Oregonians, even without suspicion of a crime, if someone ...

Take a tick seriously

Our climate is changing and this will change our lives. It will also change the lives of all kinds of critters in Oregon. Which is why we'd like to talk about ticks and why it's important to take a tick seriously.We can expect insects—including ticks and mosquitos—will appear in different places, at different times, in different numbers, and with different diseases than they carry today. So what does that mean for our health?Doctors must learn to spot symptoms and identify disease that may be new to them. Public health professionals will be challenged to track trends of where and when disease and risk occurs. And everyone will be ...