Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Dirty Secrets - toxics in household products

New report finds secret toxic chemicals in brand name cleaners

- from Free Speech Radio News:

Household cleaners are commonly marketed as necessary in the fight against germs to make your home safer and cleaner, but many products - including those marketed as “green” alternatives - could be dangerous to your health and include toxic chemicals that companies are not required to list on the label. That’s according to a new report out from Women’s Voices for the Earth, a national non profit and research organization.

The report is called “Dirty Secrets: What’s Hiding in Your Cleaning Products” and it finds that hidden chemicals in laundry detergents, air fresheners and disinfectant sprays are linked to cancer, birth defects and pregnancy complications.

For more we’re joined by the author of the report, Alexandra Scranton. She’s director of science and research at Women's Voices for the Earth. She joins us from Pullman, Washington.

> click for audio report from Free Speech Radio News

Dirty Secrets – Women's Voices for the Earth

Cleaning product companies tell you that to keep your home clean and smelling fresh, you need to rely on an army of cleaning and air care products. Sprays, wipes, powders, liquids and more are sold with the promise of improving your home and your health by removing dirt and germs. More often than not, these products are also infused with fragrance to add a pleasant sensory experience to your everyday chores and to give your home that “clean” and “fresh” smell of lemon or pine forests... [more]

Secret Chemicals Revealed in Common Household Cleaners

NGOs, Lawmakers, Scientists Call for Safer Policies

For Immediate Release:
Nov. 17, 2011

Sian Wu, sian@resource-media.org, 206-701-4734
Alexandra Scranton, alexs@womensvoices.org, 406-396-1639

MISSOULA, Mont. – New independent lab testing on 20 top household cleaning products reveals that top-selling cleaning products and detergents, including Tide Free & Gentle, Pine-Sol and Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner, contain toxic chemicals not revealed to the consumer. The results show that cleaning products commonly contain hidden chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and pregnancy complications. The tests were commissioned by the national nonprofit Women’s Voices for the Earth... [more]

Dirty Secrets Test Results – Women's Voices for the Earth

Cleaning product companies aren’t required to disclose the ingredients they use in their products, and what they’re keeping secret from you could be hazardous to your health. Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) commissioned an independent laboratory to test twenty popular cleaning products for hidden toxic chemicals from five top companies: Clorox, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, SC Johnson and Son, and Sunshine Makers (Simple Green). We found reproductive toxins, carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and allergens, and none of these chemicals were listed on the product label... [more]

Not a Guinea Pig – Environmental Defense Fund

Chemicals in your home from Environmental Defense Fund on Vimeo.

You can find synthetic chemicals in everything from baby bottles to pet food, toys, detergents, carpets, furniture in every corner of our lives.

The blood of nearly every American contains hundreds of toxic chemicals, including those used in flame retardants, food packaging and even rocket fuel.

They may be in your drinking water. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 9% to 34% of U.S. drinking water supply sources tested contain one or more toxic chemicals.


Urge Your Senators to Strengthen Our Toxic Chemicals Law

You shouldn't need a Ph.D. in chemistry to make safe purchases at the checkout counter.

But America's toxic chemicals law is so badly broken that many common household products -- from canned food to computers to carpeting -- could expose you and your family to potentially dangerous toxic chemicals.

Now, there is an historic opportunity to change that. Senator Frank Lautenberg has introduced the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011, which would be the first major overhaul of America's dangerously weak toxic chemicals law.

We need your help to make sure your Senators know that protecting American families from exposure to harmful chemicals is important to you!

Environmental Defense Action Fund


whats more: hazardous - "do not use!"

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