Maine Healthy Children's Project
The third annual Who’s Minding the Store? report card ranks 40 top retailers on their actions on toxic chemicals. Almost half of the retailers that were evaluated earned Fs.
Now more than ever, we need companies to step up and safeguard our health. Scientists agree that exposure to toxic chemicals from consumer products can contribute to learning and developmental disabilities, cancers and infertility.
Take action below - with one click, you can send a message to the CEOs of all the retailers that earned Fs.
In August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to roll back vehicle emission standards intended to decrease air pollution and greenhouse gases. The clean car standards have been in place since 2012 and are working to protect public health.
The EPA's much weaker "SAFE Vehicle" standards will result in worsening air pollution. While we typically connect smog and ozone to asthma and lung disease, studies show that air pollution harms children's developing brains, putting them at higher risk for learning and behavior challenges.
We have until October 23rd to tell EPA to uphold strong clean car standards and protect children's health! Please join the Learning Disabilities Association of Texas, the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) and Moms Clean Air Force of Texas in signing this petition, than share with family and friends. Thank you!
We rely on car seats to keep children safe. A child may spend hours every week in a car seat. Alarmingly, 87% of car seats recently tested by the Ecology Center's Healthy Stuff program contained halogenated flame retardants, including models produced by Baby Trend, Cosco, Evenflo, Graco, and Safety 1st.
These flame retardant chemicals are linked to learning disabilities, lower IQ, reproductive harm, and obesity. Effects on fetal and child development and on the immune system are particularly concerning. We know that flame retardant chemicals don't stay bound to the fabric or foam and thus can be inhaled or ingested by children, or even absorbed through the skin. These chemicals build up in the body and in our environment.
We believe every child should have a safe car seat free of toxic chemicals. Thankfully, some companies have already made design changes and material choices that reduce or even eliminate chemical flame retardants from their car seats without any loss in fire safety or crash safety.
Please join us in urging Baby Trend, Cosco, Evenflo, Graco, and Safety 1st to follow the lead of companies already making safer car seats by signing the petition below.