Fall Newsletter 2012
CEH has been busy working to protect children and families from harmful flame retardant chemicals in furniture and children’s products.
These toxic fire retardant chemicals are used because of an outdated California furniture flammability standard that doesn’t protect us from fires but instead puts us at risk from unnecessary, toxic chemicals. We think it’s time to change this standard.
Because cigarettes were known to be the leading cause of house fires, 37 years ago the tobacco industry joined with chemical companies to convince politicians that the problem wasn’t burning cigarettes, but that our furniture was just too flammable. The result? Rather than making their own products safer, they helped create a false market for flame retardant chemicals, and now we are all exposed to these harmful toxics in furniture sold nationwide.
We had a great community of friends, families, and supporters (nearly 300 of you!) turn out to celebrate our 16th birthday on September 10th.
Our featured speaker Paul Hawken inspired the crowd with his remarks about ending toxic health threats and with his gracious words about CEH. With the generous support of our sponsors, hosts, in-kind and auction donors, and all of our attendees and other friends, we’re happy to report that we raised over $150,000 to protect the health of children and families everywhere.
Watch the video of all the exciting highlights here:
If your family includes a young child, you know that sippy cups are an indispensable part of the toddler lifestyle. And if you’ve shopped for sippy cups recently, you may have noticed that they almost all say that they’re “BPA-free.” BPA (bisphenol A) is a plastic ingredient that recent studies have linked to serious health problems.
News reports and regulatory action by some local and state governments gave BPA such a bad name that the sippy cup companies switched to other plastics. The situation for BPA got so bad that even the chemical industry asked the government to prohibit use of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups.
MOMSpot Interviews you might’ve missed on the MOMS blog:
Kimberly Roberson, (pictured at right) breaks down how our food supply has been affected by radioactive fallout from Fukushima Daiichi- and how the mainstream media wasn’t covering it!
Cynthia Li tells about her journey from physician to environmental health activist physician.
Hey Moms! We’re always looking for parents, moms, and others who’ve got a way with words and a story to tell. We love when members of the community share their unique perspectives with the SafeMilk.org community–so consider writing for our blog! Check out our writer’s guidelines and drop us a line to let us know what you’d like to write about (firstname.lastname@example.org). Looking forward to hearing from you!
Associated Press article on why gov’t. efforts to remove cadmium-tainted jewelry from store shelves has not been effective, and our article on how CEH takes action to effectively combat cadmium in jewelry.
CEH’s discovery of lead in Asian plum and ginger candies:
CEH’s Michael Green and Caroline Cox discuss lead in artificial turf:
CEH’s Caroline Cox can be heard in an upcoming podcast for Breathe California.
Komal Bangia started out as a CEH intern for the Bridging Environmental Health & Justice program and now has a full time job at the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). Komal talked to us about how CEH’s internship prepared her for a career in the environmental health world and how she hopes to follow in the same path of striving for a world where corporations take responsibility for their actions.
CEH sets aside part of our legal settlement funds to provide small grants to grassroots, community-based organizations that serve and are led by low-income people, people of color, indigenous peoples and residents of disproportionately impacted communities in California.
We make these donations through an annual grant cycle through our Community Environmental Action and Justice Fund (the Justice Fund).
Check out the stories of this year’s Justice Fund grantees. Learn how youth organizers raised awareness of toxic exposures in low-income San Francisco neighborhoods and union farmers fought to get toxic contaminants out of their community’s water supply.