Toxic Chemicals

Learning and developmental disabilities are estimated to affect approximately one in six children in the U.S. under the age of 18. There are many factors that contribute to these numbers - heredity, gene expression, social environment, nutrition and chemical contaminants - but the National Academy of Sciences has estimated that 3% are directly due to toxic chemical exposure and these exposures play a role in at least another 25%.

Infants and young children are particularly vulnerable to toxic chemicals as their bodies are rapidly developing, and in fact, 75% of brain development occurs in the first three years of a child's life. Exposure to toxic chemicals in everyday products can impact the developing brain of the fetus, infant and young child resulting in lifelong struggles with learning.

The good news is that the Maine Healthy Children's Project is working with the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine to eliminate sources of exposure to toxic chemicals in Maine and protect the health of all Maine families. Our coalition is also working on federal policies to fix the badly broken federal laws.

Learn about our work to educate and help move retailers to adopt comprehensive chemical policies to eliminate toxic chemicals in products and our ask to Walgreens.

Sign-up for our email updates here to learn more and check out our "Protect Your Family" page for information on specific toxic chemicals and what you can do to protect your health.