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Are you addicted to plastic?

A few months ago my family undertook - and managed to survive - a week without buying anything plastic. Like not one single thing - including sliced bread bags (just try and buy sandwich bread without...

Make it personal & political on Earth Day

At EWG, we work to provide useful, science-based information to help you safeguard your family from environmental hazards. We also work to reform federal policy on toxic chemicals so that the earth is...

Bottled water exposed - in pictures

Cartoon depicting bottled water issues.

A new target for deadly lead?

Yesterday Janet Raloff of Science News wrote about a new study linking lead levels in older women to an increased risk of mortality. Women whose blood lead levels measure > 8 micrograms per deciliter...

Perchlorate -- Let's Get Serious

Sun! Finally! The kid and husband were at a cycling race, so Saber the Wonder Dog and I drove out to the Shenandoah Valley and hit the trail that runs along the waterfalls. Last week's rains were...

So what products CAN we use?

Every time a report is released that reveals toxics in our consumer products, it's only natural to wonder what you can buy once you've learned what you can't.

Is there PFOA in my butter?

What do popcorn bags, muffin and croissant bags, hamburger and sandwich wrappers, pizza box liners, French fry and hash brown bags and butter boxes have in common? If your guess was "savory food...

When "pure" is not pure or how did our lack of regulations allow cancer-causing chemicals in baby's products

Being a parent should not be a scary thing. It is supposed to be the time of joy, fun and reward. Ok, and a few boo-boos. But trying to keep your child clean and healthy is serious business...

House holds hearing on broken toxic law

Special to Enviroblog by Sandra Schubert, EWG Director of Government Affairs Yesterday's hearing in the House of Representatives clearly showed the need for reform of TSCA. All ten witnesses -...

Pregnancy today: A lesson in toxics

When I was pregnant for the first time, I was all about prenatal yoga, checking my baby's amazing developing body online, and comparing symptoms with friends. As it should be. What I wasn't doing was...

Listen up: Kid-Safe Chemicals Act conference call for all

Here at EWG we talk about the Kid-Safe Chemicals Act a lot. Like every day. Sometimes all day. Why? Simple. We think it's time for a new law (the Toxic Substances Control Act that currently regulates...

Study links tap water to high lead levels in Washington children

Researchers have found a shockingly high lead levels in the blood of young Washington, D.C. children tested between 2001 and 2004, when the District of Columbia's drinking water was being contaminated...

The value of clean water

Agricultural pollutants affect drinking water quality nationwide Economic losses caused by nutrient pollution of U.S. freshwaters are felt by people all around the country, according to the policy...

EWG asks HHS nominee Tom Daschle: what about toxics?

Topic A at the Senate confirmation hearing for Health and Human secretary nominee Tom Daschle was health reform. Also Topics B through Y. That's understandable: this country's health crisis is...

Dear George - Don't go away mad. Just go away.

There will be many happy people around the world when the Obama administration takes over in January. Indeed, President Bush will leave the office as one of the least popular presidents in the history...

My new year's resolution? Parent power.

Long before working with EWG, I often visited the "For Parents" page on our web site. I appreciated and trusted the information there (still do!), but truth be told, what I really appreciated was that...

Gulf War Illness: As clear as the nose on your face

If you follow environmental health policy, then you're well aware that there are more than a few folks out there who continue to assure us that low-dose exposures to toxic chemicals don't harm human...

EPA widens rift with science advisers

The stress crack between Environmental Protection Agency and its outside science advisers just got a lot deeper. In fact, these days it looks a lot like a thousand-foot crevasse. The proximate cause...

TSCA? No, thanks. Kid-Safe? Yes, please.

How old were you in 1976? I was 7, the #1 hit song was "Silly Love Songs" by Paul McCartney and Wings, and gas cost 59 cents a gallon. These and most things have changed in the last 32 years, but not...

Am I my water's keeper?

Pharmaceuticals and plastic chemicals in marine and fresh waters. The concept of product stewardship, cradle-to-cradle, or, in more technical language, "life cycle assessment," has now acquired...

Tips from the make-up artist

Prior to working at EWG, I was the happy ignorant consumer. I got my cosmetics at the regular drug stores, believing that what I buy is safe, because, otherwise it wouldn’t be there. Since working...

Eco-nomics, the new kind of economics

If you live in Washington DC, as I do, there are two things that you hear about everywhere you turn- the U.S. presidential election and the economic crisis. The first topic will be resolved quickly...

Mr. Yuk: He's in my house, is he in yours?

So this is a little embarrassing. On the one hand, I'm pleased with myself for getting the Mr. Yuk stickers, preventing my children from sticking them everywhere, and applying them to the grim...

Green Chemistry: Breakthrough or bureaucratic dead end?

This analysis was written by EWG Executive Director Richard Wiles and Senior Analyst Renee Sharp. This session the California Legislature considered no less than eight bills that would have banned or...