21 results for tag: toxics


Common Questions About Lead In School Water

What’s the news? Schools are finding high levels of the toxic heavy metal lead in drinking water, coming from pipes, solder or plumbing fixtures that contain lead. It’s not the first time that this problem came to the Portland school district’s attention. As far back as 2001, tests in Portland schools revealed high levels of lead and fixtures were shut down until they could be replaced or filters installed. Yet the legacy of lead remains: In late spring 2016, lead was found in many Portland schools, in Beaverton schools and in Eugene. Where is the lead coming from? Lead contamination typically happens when water corrodes lead ...

Non-toxic tips to know before you buy furniture

Thanks, KGW! The local news is letting Portlanders know that they can now buy upholstered furniture made without toxic flame retardant chemicals. For decades, furniture-makers who use polyurethane foam padding have had little choice but to soak it in toxic flame retardant chemicals. Now, the law has changed—and it’s easier both to make and to identify furniture that is free of these chemicals linked to memory, learning, IQ, hormonal system and fertility problems. And thanks to a strong united voice from consumers and MindTheStore.org you’ll find a tag like the one pictured here in far more furniture stores, including Macy’s. If ...

Toxics in Washington (D.C.)

We all deserve to live, work and play in healthy, safe environments. That’s why Oregon Environmental Council brings Oregonians together to reduce harmful chemicals in our air, water, food and in our homes and buildings. We promote policies to protect Oregonians from unnecessary toxics and unite health experts and caregivers to create safer places to learn and grow. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), one of the main federal laws that regulates chemical safety in the U.S., is woefully out of date. Created in 1976, TSCA desperately needs to be overhauled to reflect the latest health science and medical knowledge about chemicals that we come ...

A shoppertunity to be green

Earth friendly. Biocompatible. 99% natural. 100% Eco-conscious. The frustrating reality for shoppers today is that these labels don't mean anything. At least that's what the Federal Trade Commission determined when setting green label guidelines in 2012. So what’s a shopper to do? OEC put together a list of best practices for shoppers to help reduce, re-use, recycle—and to reward good environmental stewards. If you're not already doing everything on this list, October is a great time to start! Get in on the Northwest Earth Institute's Eco-Challenge. Green Shopper's Checklist Download a copy here. Reduce Avoid PVC plastic ...

Oregon Passes Historic Toxics Protections

For Immediate Release: Oregon Passes Historic Toxics Protections Oregon Legislature Acts to Phase Out Known Hazardous Chemicals from Children’s Products Salem, OR – July 3, 2015: Today, the Oregon House cast a decisive and bipartisan vote in favor of the Toxic Free Kids Act (SB 478), a bill that requires manufacturers to disclose and phase out hazardous chemicals in consumer products targeted at children. “This law isn’t about regulating products that haven’t been made,” said Oregon State Senator Chris Edwards in an impassioned floor speech. “This law is about protecting children that haven’t been born.” A growing body ...

Family Ties and Toxic Free Generations

OEC’s Devon Downeysmith, OEC’s climate communications and outreach manager, and her dad, David Michael Smith, a veteran journalist and videographer, share a deep concern for the potential health hazards posed by the presence of toxic chemicals in many children’s toys, apparel and furniture. Dad and daughter agree that the debate over the issue has been going on far too long. It’s time to pass the Toxic Free Kids Act – a bill that will likely be up for a vote in the next week. Devon was born and raised in Portland and has lived there her entire life. Devon married her high school sweetheart, Bryce. They’re expecting their first child in ...

Three science mistakes that non-scientists make

I’m a sucker for science. I am inclined to believe it. So when politics and science get whipped into a froth and poured over a debate about protecting health and the environment, I need a refresher on what science can and cannot do.

Duped by industry no more, a retailer demands action

For years, Tony Fuentes had been reassuring parents: the bottles in his baby boutique did not contain toxic chemicals. But one day, Tony found out he'd been misled by a manufacturer. He had been selling bottles with a harmful chemical that could leach from the lining. "There ought to be a law," Tony and his wife said. It's been seven years, and Tony is still waiting. Oregon parents are too. Speak up now for the 2015 Toxic Free Kids Act. Demand to know what toxic chemicals might be hidden in children's products. See Tony's testimony and take action to support Toxic Free Kids, today!

Toxic Free Kids Town Hall–Feb. 17, 6:30 PM in Beaverton

Did you know that thousands of children's products on the shelves today contain hazardous chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and developmental disorders? Yet manufacturers don’t disclose these chemicals—not to parents, or doctors, or even to health authorities.  In 2015, Oregon has a chance to take a closer look at these chemicals and to protect our children from risks that can undermine health over a lifetime. Join us to learn more about SB 478, the Toxic Free Kids Act. Hear from Senators Steiner Hayward and Hass, Representatives Read and Barker, OEC and OLCV on why it’s Oregon’s responsibility to protect kids from toxic ...

How to buy a new couch

For the first time in decades, shoppers can now walk into some major retail stores and buy a couch made without toxic flame retardants. As the Sunday Chicago Tribune on January 23rd this health hazard hidden in our furniture may be on its way out. Look for a furniture tag that reads: “the upholstery materials in this product contain NO added flame retardant chemicals.” In 2012, the State of California acknowledged that safe furniture is practical and possible without added chemicals. As more consumers including Kaiser Permanente demanded safer alternatives, manufacturers have started stepping up to meet the demand. That’s the power of green ...