Poisonous chemicals are widespread
Chemical lobby pushing to protect the products that can poison humans and the environment.
Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 5:07 PM
BENEFICIARY: BPA panic has resulted in a surge of popularity for stainless steel water bottles. (Photo: lululemon athletica/Flickr)
Have you heard about BPA and how dangerous it is in water bottles, baby formula bottles, and many other strange places? Believe it or not, BPA is still used in products in the U.S.!
The Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Coalition
just produced an animated video of a secret meeting of toxic chemicals! (Link to the video below.) This group of nefarious characters includes BPA of toxic water bottle fame, TCE the carpet cleaner, PFO Acid that coats many nonstick frying pans, flame retardants, formaldehyde, lead-contaminated toys and phthalates in spray cleaners and others. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) loves these guys. After all, these toxic chemicals can keep lots of people employed for decades! See for yourself here at the EPA site
Unfortunately the chemical companies are lobbying Congress to keep these chemicals in use. Why is this a bad thing? Here's how it works: the chemicals leach out over time and we ingest them. The chemicals have been linked to increased rates of cancer, reproductive problems or other human disease.
This is where your state’s public interest research group comes in. In Vermont, Vermont Public Interest Research Group
(VPIRG) has partnered with the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Coalition to build awareness about why that these chemicals have no business in our products.
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