Current Actions

  • We Want Toxic-Free Car Seats

    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.Save

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  • Affordable and Safe Products

    All products on store shelves should be safe, but we know that chemicals linked to learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, and autism are found in products we buy and use everyday. The good news: products can be affordable and safe. Dollar stores have the responsibility and power to not accept any products with harmful chemicals.

    Tell companies, it is time to stop thinking about safe products and start taking action to protect all families from unnecessary harmful chemicals.
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  • Babies"R"Us: Take action on toxics

    Babies are being needlessly exposed to toxic chemicals in their gear. In fact, all mothers and toddlers have at least one toxic flame retardant in their bodies, and toddlers can have as much as five times the levels as their moms. These chemicals can contribute to learning and developmental disabilities. They can also cause cancer, infertility, and harm fetal development.

    Babies"R"Us continues to sell products with outdated, unnecessary toxic flame retardants in their products, many under their own brand name. It's time for them to put babies first, and meet with the Getting Ready for Baby campaign to chart a path to selling only toxic-free products.

  • Tell Companies: Get Toxic BPA Out of Our Food!

    No family should be exposed to toxic BPA linked to learning and attention problems at the dinner table. Tell companies it is time to get toxic BPA out of our canned food. To have a bigger impact, please consider personalizing the email below and share why you want them to get toxic BPA out of cans. 

  • Congress - Kids Need Safe Products

    No child should be exposed to toxic chemicals in their sippy cups, shampoo, or matrress. But the truth is, toxic chemicals are in every day household products and too many of these chemicals are linked to learning disabilities, autism, cancer, and other health problems. Over a quarter of learning and developmental disabilitites are caused in whole or in part from toxic chemicals and other environmental factors.

    Last year, the US Congress took major steps toward chemical safety reform by passing bills to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act. The Senate passed its bill just before the holidays; the House passed its chemical safety bill in June. Now, the two pieces of legislation must be combined before the final version can go to President Obama for his signature.

    Tell Congress we need reform that goes forward, not backward.

    Both bills contain fundamental reforms that empower EPA to test chemicals and to restrict them when needed to protect public health and the environment.


    Unfortunately, there are also provisions, especially in the Senate bill, that exist solely to help out special interests. For example, the Senate bill makes it harder for EPA to restrict chemicals in imported products. It would let some chemicals off the hook without a thorough safety review and it would block states from taking action on chemicals while EPA is reviewing their safety, which could take years. The House bill largely avoids those problems but it fails to provide EPA with new resources and a mandatory schedule.

    Tell Congress to make the final bill as strong as possible.

    The final bill should combine the best of both bills, rather than the worst. It should ensure that EPA makes steady progress every year. It should have no loopholes or rollbacks and it should preserve the ability of state governments to protect their citizens.

  • Congress - Kids Need Safe Products

    No child should be exposed to toxic chemicals in their sippy cups, shampoo, or mattress. But the truth is, toxic chemicals are in every day household products and too many of these chemicals are linked to learning disabilities, autism, cancer, and other health problems. Over a quarter of learning and developmental disabilities are caused in whole or in part from toxic chemicals and other environmental factors.

    Last year, the US Congress took major steps toward chemical safety reform by passing bills to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act. The Senate passed its bill just before the holidays; the House passed its chemical safety bill in June. Now, the two pieces of legislation must be combined before the final version can go to President Obama for his signature.

    Tell Congress we need reform that goes forward, not backward.

    Both bills contain fundamental reforms that empower EPA to test chemicals and to restrict them when needed to protect public health and the environment.


    Unfortunately, there are also provisions, especially in the Senate bill, that exist solely to help out special interests. For example, the Senate bill makes it harder for EPA to restrict chemicals in imported products. It would let some chemicals off the hook without a thorough safety review and it would block states from taking action on chemicals while EPA is reviewing their safety, which could take years. The House bill largely avoids those problems but it fails to provide EPA with new resources and a mandatory schedule.

    Tell Congress to make the final bill as strong as possible.

    The final bill should combine the best of both bills, rather than the worst. It should ensure that EPA makes steady progress every year. It should have no loopholes or rollbacks and it should preserve the ability of state governments to protect their citizens.

  • Babies"R"Us, children need safer products

    Babies are being needlessly exposed to toxic chemicals in their gear. In fact, all mothers and toddlers have at least one toxic flame retardant in their bodies, and toddlers can have as much as five times the levels as their moms. These chemicals are linked to cancer, learning disabiilties, autism, attention disorders, and other health problems. Babies"R"Us continues to sell products with outdated, unnecessary toxic flame retardants, including products under their own brand name.

  • No "free pass" for chemical industry

    Thanks to the efforts of LDA and partner organizations, the U.S. Congress is considering bills to reform our broken chemical safety law. Mounting science shows that toxic chemical exposures are contributing to rising rates of learning and developmental disabilities, certain cancers and reproductive health problems.

    However, the Senate bill would not provide meaningful public health protection because it contains many loopholes and rollbacks. The bill would remove states’ ability to protect citizens from toxic chemicals. 

    The Senate needs to hear from LDA members today! We want real reform that ensures: 

    • swift action to protect us from the worst toxic chemicals;
    • maintains states' rights to protect families from toxic chemicals;
    • proof that chemicals are safe before use in products; 
    • protection for vulnerable groups like pregnant women and children. 

    Please take a few minutes to send your Senators an e-mail urging them to pass real reform, and oppose any bill that doesn’t protect our health from toxic chemicals. Thank you!

  • Join the LDA team

    The National Academy of Sciences reports that 28% of learning disabilities are caused in part by exposure to toxic chemicals, including dangerous chemicals in consumer products.

    There is good news - encouraging major retailers to sell safer products and working on state and federal policies are effective ways to get dangerous chemicals out of products. Join the LDA listserv to receive easy-to-use toolkits and take part in actions for safer products. Together, we can eliminate these preventable causes of learning disabilities. Not affiliated with an organizaiton? Click the "stay informed" link to the left to receive general updates and actions or just take an action below.