These endocrine-disrupting “plasticizer” chemicals are everywhere in modern society. EWG helped get several of them banned in children’s toys, but they are still widely used chemicals that pollute almost everyone’s bodies.
The nation’s new chemical safety law promises to give the Environmental Protection Agency expanded authority to regulate hazardous chemicals in consumer products. But of the tens of thousands of chemicals on the market, most never tested for safety, which should the EPA tackle first?
So you’ve thrown out your vinyl shower curtain and only buy fragrance-free cosmetics to avoid phthalates? Bad news – toxic plastic chemicals are still sneaking into the food you eat.
It’s well known that what a woman eats, drinks, breathes and puts on her body while she’s pregnant or nursing can all affect her reproductive system and the health of her baby. But new research reveals that a man’s exposure to harmful chemicals plays an important role, too.Read More
Conventional thinking about cancer prevention may overlook growing evidence that the combined effects of chemicals that are not carcinogenic on their own may be a significant cause of cancer, according to a new EWG analysis of a series of papers published last week in the scientific journal Carcinogenesis.Read More
Just when you thought that phthalates, chemicals added to plastics to make them more flexible, were off your radar, think again.Read More
EWG and the Keep A Breast Foundation today released a guide to educate consumers about some of the most problematic hormone-altering chemicals that people are routinely exposed to. EWG parntered with KAB to develop the Dirty Dozen list of endocrine disruptors to highlight the prevalence of these toxic chemicals, how they affect our health and simple ways to avoid them.Read More
Nicholas Kristof a columnist for The New York Times, has written about the expanding evidence that hypospadias and other birth defects in people and wildlife that may be linked to the daily bombardment of endocrine disruptors in household goods, pesticides and other man-made products.Read More
A quick spritz of air freshener may seem like a simple way to kill funky odors. Unfortunately, that pleasing smell is just more indoor air pollution.Read More
13 minute report on pthalates by 60 Minutes reporter (video).Read More
Laboratory tests commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and analyzed by EWG revealed 38 secret chemicals in 17 name brand fragrance products, topped by American Eagle Seventy Seven with 24, Chanel Coco with 18, and Britney Spears Curious and Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio with 17.Read More
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, aimed at keeping lead and toxic plastic chemicals called phthalates out of children's toys, went into effect yesterday.Read More
National Research Council tells EPA: cumulative risk assessment of phthalates and other toxic chemicals is urgently needed A real victory for both human and environmental health has been achieved right at the end of the year, as theRead More
Laboratory tests reveal adolescent girls across America are contaminated with chemicals commonly used in cosmetics and body care products. Environmental Working Group (EWG) detected 16 chemicals from 4 chemical families - phthalates, triclosan, parabens, and musks - in blood and urine samples from 20 teen girls aged 14-19.Read More
Teenage girls across America are contaminated with hormone-altering chemicals found in cosmetics and body care products, confirms a new study released today by EWG.Read More
Congress has reached agreement on groundbreaking legislation to ban a family of toxic chemicals known as phthalates in toys and other children’s products.Read More
EWG's Renee Sharp testifies to the California state Senate about the need to remove BPA and lead from children's products.Read More
Protecting Public Health from Phthalates Will Require Consideration of Cumulative Risks
Statement of Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., Senior Scientist
Environmental Working GroupRead More