Judy Levin

Fast Food and Furniture: A Toxic Connection

You probably know that fast food is not “health food,” but you may not know that even the packaging in your fast food could be making you sick. According to a recent study, about 40% of the wrappers, containers and boxes used for fast food tested positive for fluorine, suggesting that they are made with highly flourinated chemicals. Some…

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The Last of the Killer Couches

I have hated my couch ever since I found out that it contained a cancer-causing flame retardant chemical.  I have longed to get rid of it, but I felt stuck because virtually all furniture also has toxic and/or untested flame retardant chemicals. But now I see light at the end of the tunnel (and I also…

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Flame Retardant Chemicals Front Group Goes Up in Smoke

More than two years ago, CEH exposed the dirty tricks and underhanded tactics used by a chemical industry front group called Citizens for Fire Safety (CFFS). More recently, we highlighted the front group’s fraud with this hilarious video. CFFS includes no actual citizens and does not work for fire safety; instead, for years they have…

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Flaming Mad About Chemical Industry Lies

CEH staff members have been consistently working on the problems surrounding flame retardants for the past 5 years.  We have uncovered and exposed many of the lies and deceptions that the chemical industry has perpetuated, but never in my wildest dreams, could I have imagined that the Chicago Tribune would issue a four-part investigative report…

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Mountain Dew Madness: What’s That Flame Retardant Doing in My Soda?

We all know that sodas are full of sugar, buy you may be surprised (and grossed out) to find that a chemical called brominated vegetable oil (BVO), a patented flame retardant, has also been added to  approximately 10% of sodas for decades in North America.  No need to worry about your soda catching on fire!…

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Obama Leaves the Door Open for Toxic E-Waste Exports

Last week, the Obama Administration issued its long awaited report on federal policies to address the growing problem of e-waste.  This report brought  good news and bad news. The good news is that the report includes recommendations for promoting greener design, such as creating products with fewer toxics, less virgin materials and making them more…

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Eco-Tip: Avoiding Toxic Chemicals in Kids PJ’s and other products

Recently I got an email from a pregnant woman wondering about the safety of using hand-me-down pajamas for her newborn given the historic use of flame retardants in children’s sleepwear.  The issue of flame retardants in sleepwear is not as straight forward for consumers as it should be. But let’s see if I can shed…

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Holiday Shopping Guide for Finding Greener Electronics

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday fast approaching, many consumers have electronics at the top of their shopping lists. This holiday season, the average American is expected to spend over $230 (more than a third of their gift budget) on electronic products, up about 5% from last year. Increasingly, shoppers are asking about green electronics;…

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Congress Takes Aim on Fraudulent Electronic “Recyclers”

Landmark legislation was introduced in Congress last week to stop U.S. companies posing as electronic “recyclers” from dumping hazardous e-waste materials from the United States in developing countries. Today, most e-waste – as much as 50-80% of the e-waste that companies claim they are “recycling” — is actually dumped in developing countries like China, Nigeria,…

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I Got the Post-Holiday, Trash-Collected, Dump-Protected, Obsolete Electronics Blues

New electronic gadgets top the holiday shopping lists of millions of Americans every year. And this means that every year, more and more obsolete and highly toxic electronic waste piles up in our basements, garages, closets, and (worst of all) town dumps. Here at the Center for Environmental Health, we just invited our staff to…

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