Threats to Your Family’s HealthIt’s the shocking story that the nightly news fails to tell: every day we are all exposed to chemicals that can make your loved ones sick. These chemicals hide in your furniture, your food, and your personal care products. The Center for Environmental Health eliminates toxic chemicals in your family’s home, school, workplace, and the products you use daily.
Whether we know it or not, industrial chemicals trespass inside all of our bodies. Many of these chemicals are linked with obesity, learning disabilities, cancer, and other health problems. Many more are untested for their effects on our health. These dangerous and untested chemicals are in the items we all buy and use every day, like furniture, personal care products, toys, building supplies, and food.
How did this happen?
Inadequate Laws and Enforcement
Chemical makers are among the world’s most powerful companies, and they use their wealth to influence our government. Current laws and regulations are ineffective; they protect the profits of chemical makers at the expense of your family’s health.
Our economy encourages businesses to place short-term profit before your family’s long-term health. Our laws and our economy do not provide enough incentives for businesses to create and adopt safer alternatives to toxic chemicals.
The chemical industry spends millions of dollars every year to mislead families and government decision makers about the risks posed by its chemicals, to deny the fact that safer alternatives are possible, and to suggest that our health and prosperity depend on toxic chemicals. These lies protect the industry but harm families’ health.
The Toxic Shell Game
Businesses in the United States use more than 84,000 chemicals today. When one chemical is proven toxic, legislators often try to regulate it. This happened with Bisphenol-A (BPA), which some states recently banned from baby bottles. But these regulations can’t stop companies from shifting to a similar, unregulated chemical that has similar or even worse effects on people’s health. This is happening today with baby bottles, many of which are now labeled “BPA-Free” but contain BPA replacement chemicals that appear to have the same effects on people’s health. We call this misleading, shortsighted business practice the Toxic Shell Game. It is dangerous, it is rampant, and it is wrong.