Toxics-Free Environments


Top Ten Achievements of 2020-2021

Oregon Environmental Council works year-round to protect Oregon's water, air, land, and communities. This year was a special one. We made Oregon a better place through our participation in state-wide coalitions, tireless bird-dogging of rulemaking processes, deft strategy in the legislative session, and hosting welcoming educational programs. This work is is a reflection of our donors. Take a moment to revel with us in these outstanding accomplishments. Then consider supporting this work, so we can add to our accomplishments in the days, weeks, and months ahead. 1. Passed ...

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Removing Barriers to Safe Home Cleaning Products

Many popular and inexpensive home cleaning products contain toxic chemicals. There are alternatives, but they can be expensive or require extra steps. What happens when those barriers are removed? OEC partnered with Hacienda CDC to find out. Hacienda CDC Eco- Healthy Home Survey In the Fall/Winter of 2020, socially distanced, in-person focus groups and bilingual online surveys were held in Hacienda CDC’s housing communities to listen to residents' concerns about toxic chemicals in the home. COVID-19 hit the Latino/x community particularly hard, and the increased ...

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Summer isn’t the only time to worry about woodsmoke

As we roll into fall, many people start cleaning out their wood-burning stoves and fireplaces to start heating their homes, or just to get that cozy ambiance. What many people don’t realize is that, when a lot of people are burning wood in their homes, the cumulative effect on air quality can be similar to a wildfire. OEC has been advocating to reduce harmful air pollution from urban wood fires and to provide healthier options for those that rely on woodburning as a primary heat source.   Specifically, OEC has been working closely with Woodsmoke Free Portland and the ...

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Without TFKA expansions, OHA forced to choose 5 chemicals to regulate

There’s thousands of potentially harmful chemicals in products that are marketed to kids. As of now, OHA can regulate just a few of them. We need to change that.  In 2015, OEC’s advocacy lead to the passage of a groundbreaking law, the Toxics Free Kids Act (TFKA), which required manufacturers of children's products sold in Oregon to report certain products containing High Priority Chemicals of Concern for Children’s Health (HPCCCH) (“high priority chemical list”), and ultimately phase them out. However, the chemical and toy industry successfully limited the ...

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Sustainable Fashion and OEC’s Newest Impact Partner

Say no to fast fashion, say yes to sustainable shopping
As Oregon emerges from 16 months of shut downs and people begin to return to stores and restaurants with a sense of safety, we at OEC want to bring some more good news for the Summer. We are thrilled to have been chosen as the Impact Partner for the next 6 months with a local Portland, OR boutique called Foundation: Fashion and Philanthropy. Foundation’s business model is centered around donating 100% of their profits to an organization that aligns with their mission. Foundation works like any other business, paying expenses like salaries and suppliers first. But then ...

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Lead at home? Yes, even in 2021!

Preventing exposure to toxics is core to OEC’s living green (and healthy) philosophy. This spring, protect your family with these lead tips.

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Love Your Lungs: Take the Wood Smoke Pledge

Not burning wood this winter is one simple action you can take to safeguard clean, healthy air in your home and beyond.

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OHA Report: Climate Crisis a Current and Growing Threat to the Health of Oregonians

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) just released its “Climate and Health in Oregon 2020” report, documenting the public health impacts from climate change across Oregon. The report is the first thorough analysis of the health effects of climate change in Oregon since 2014, and is the first of three OHA deliverables directed under EO 20-04, the Oregon Climate Action Plan. The report findings are grim, confirming what OEC has been saying all along-- that climate change is a public health threat disproportionately affecting lower income communities, communities of ...

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OEC Partners With Hacienda CDC to Expand Access To Eco-Healthy Home Kit

The average American spends 90% of their time indoors, and this has only increased for Oregonians during the winter months with the new COVID-related shutdown restrictions across the state. How do you maintain your home to protect against viruses, while also minimizing the amount of toxic chemicals you come across in cleaning products in a healthy, affordable manner? OEC has partnered with Hacienda CDC, a community development corporation that provides affordable housing for Portland's LatinX community, to help provide tailored solutions to those challenges. We know ...

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Americans may be exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution in their homes

In just 20 minutes of cooking, Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels can surpass 1000 ppm and be in the red zone. As we shut our windows and insulate our homes for the fall and winter, OEC has some tips for you to save your air-quality during the colder months. As we have previously written, tens of millions of Americans are exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution in their home due to gas stoves and gas appliances, and these appliances contribute to global warming. We at OEC did some research of our own. Our Environmental Health Program Director, Jamie Pang, installed an ...

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