Why we should be optimistic (guest blog by the co-author of “Toxin Toxout”)

“Because of the perseverance of the Breast Cancer Fund and others, over the past year major companies like Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Avon and Walmart have all announced that they are moving to eliminate toxic chemicals from their products and their inventories.”

FDA Jumps the Gun on Bisphenol A and Undermines Ongoing Safety Research

Guest post by Maricel V. Maffini, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council At low doses the FDA says bisphenol A, the substance used in cans, plastics and dental fillings, is safe. But, the agency is in the midst of a multimillion dollar study examining the safety of this synthetic estrogen. Haven’t they jumped the gun?  … Read more…

5 tips to reduce your risk and protect the planet

Many of the things you can do to protect you and your family from toxic exposures are also good for the planet.

Roundup: Flame retardants under fire

Firefighters and advocates take a stand to give toxics the boot.

Horst Rechelbacher, ‘Father of Safe Cosmetics,’ Dies at 72 (New York Times, 2/22/14)

Horst Rechelbacher, the father of safe cosmetics and founder of Aveda beauty products and Intelligent Nutrients, died on Feb. 15 in Osceola, Wis. at age 72. "Horst was in many ways the father of safe cosmetics,"[said Janet Nudelman of the Breast Cancer Fund & Campaign for Safe Cosmetics] "He took action to address the problem … Read more…

California’s safe cosmetics database officially online, but it’s still the wild west

Last week, the California Safe Cosmetics Program launched a new website and searchable database that documents the presence of ingredients known or suspected to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm in cosmetics and personal care products sold in California. Mandated by the California Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005 (championed by the Breast Cancer Fund), … Read more…

Breast milk harbors environmental pollutants (San Francisco Chronicle, 12/29/2013)

Women may not be aware of the strong possibility that their milk is less than pure, an unintended consequence of living in a developed nation.

Walmart aims to reduce 10 toxic chemicals, but won’t divulge which (The Guardian, 12/19/2013)

Walmart says it will cut down on toxic chemicals used in household products, but it won’t tell us which chemicals it’s targeting…

Target aims for healthier products under veil of secrecy (The Guardian, 12/18/2013)

Working with GoodGuide, Target will rank products for health and sustainability, but won’t share those scores with the public

A toxic situation: Walmart and Target take on chemical safety (The Guardian, 12/17/2013)

In a perfect world, the government would rely on sound science to regulate chemicals in personal and home care products, and consumers could safely assume that there’s no need to worry about the things they buy…