Household Toxins

You should not have to be a Ph.D toxicologist to be safe from so many of the chemicals in use. So much of what we are exposed to is poorly tested and even less regulated - Dr. Richard Jackson

Household Toxins

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 What Poisons Are in Your Body?

So the saddest lesson is that even if you understand the peril and try to protect yourself and your family — as I strongly suggest you do — your body may still be tainted. The chemical companies spend tens of millions of dollars lobbying and have gotten the lightest regulation that money can buy. They are running the show, and we consumers are their lab mice.

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We fight for strong chemical policy, work with retailers to phase out hazardous chemicals, and educate the public about ways to protect our families from toxic chemicals.

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Toxic-Free Future advocates for the use of safer products, chemicals, and practices through advanced research, advocacy, grassroots organizing, and consumer engagement to ensure a healthier tomorrow.

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Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

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American Cleaning Institute

For years, ACI has worked with partners and friends to help share information on the safe, beneficial and proper use of cleaning and hygiene products.


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Children in child care and child care providers have many opportunities for exposure to toxic chemicals and substances. Cleaning products, pesticides, arts and crafts supplies, common household products, and even household plants can be hazardous.

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