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chemicals

8 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Laurel Hurd

Get toxic chemicals out of children's car seats

We need car seats to keep children safe. A child may spend hours every week or even every day in a car seat. But 87% of car seats recently tested--including models by Graco--contained halogenated flame retardants, a hazardous class of chemicals. Halogenated flame retardants are associated with reproductive harm, disruption of the hormone system, obesity, and cancer. They have no place in a child’s car seat! The halogenated chemicals found in car seats don’t stay put. They get into the air and stick to dust. Children breathe them in and even absorb them through the skin. These chemicals do not break down in the environment and they accumulate in the young bodies of our children, potentially leading to health concerns down the road. Graco and other car seat makers can do better! Improvements have already been made. All car seat manufacturers have eliminated several toxic chemicals, including one known to cause cancer. Now, a handful of companies have shown they can cut out halogenated chemicals without any loss in fire or crash safety. Graco can too! We need industry giant Graco to take the lead on this important issue. Recent testing shows that car seats made by Graco still contain hormone-disrupting chemicals in the fabric and other car seat parts that directly touch babies and children. Affordable car seats should not come with the hidden cost of exposure to toxic chemicals! Tell Graco to detox their seats!

Ecology Center
39,315 supporters
This petition won 6 years ago

Petition to Judith Enck, Walter Mugdan, Lisa Jackson, Bob Martin, Glen Logan, Andy Hobbs, Samuel Thompson, President of the United States, New Jersey Governor

Save Ringwood State Park! Don’t let Ford Motor Company use it as a toxic landfill!

Save historic Ringwood State Park! Don’t let the government give it away to a notorious polluter! Tell our elected officials and the United States Environmental Protection Agency to require Ford Motor Company to clean up and restore this beloved jewel of the New Jersey State Park system, ensuring it remains as beautiful parkland - and not to a toxic waste landfill threatening the health and safety of the disadvantaged Ramapough Mountain Indian Tribe. For background, as part of the cleanup of the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund Site in Ringwood, New Jersey, the polluter, Ford Motor Company, is trying to take back State parkland so they can use it as a toxic dump for their poisonous sludge and drums of leaking chemicals. Ringwood State Park and the neighboring Ramapough Mountain Indian Tribe homeland is dotted with former iron mines that once provided iron used in the construction of the United States Capitol Dome and the George Washington Bridge going into New York City. Yet recent testing shows these abandoned mines are leaking, and that the cancer-causing witches brew of toxic sludge and benzene could potentially impact the water supply for over 1 to 2 million people in this watershed! Unfortunately, Ford has been secretly lobbying behind closed doors with the state and federal governments to allow them to take this historic area so they can continue to use it for toxic waste disposal and long-term containment. The goal of this, of course, is to save this global polluter millions of dollars, with scarcely a concern for its impact on the environment and public health. This land belongs to the public! Don’t let them take our land away! Tell our government to REQUIRE Ford to remediate and restore it completely so we can enjoy a safe and healthy State parkland once again! For more info on this fight, visit: www.RingwoodSuperfundSite.org and www.ToxicLegacy.com

Edison Wetlands Association
70,450 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Kellogg , Post Holdings INC

Remove Cancer-Causing Preservatives BHA and BHT from Children's Cereals.

Imagine: You wake up, get out of bed, and go to make your breakfast. Much like millions of other Americans, you are probably going to eat cereal. It's quick, easy, heathy, what could be bad about it?  Wait. Hold on there. Look at the ingredients. As it turns out, many cereals marketed to children have carcinogenic preservatives in them, meaning cereal is not as healthy as you may have thought. Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and its chemical cousin Butylated Hydroxytoulene (BHT) are added preservatives used to protect the flavor of the food it is added to. However, both BHA and BHT are linked to cancer in lab animals, such as rats, mice, and hamsters. In addition, while we are certain they both cause tumors, there are no long term studies on either BHA's or BHT's effects on the human body, so not only are we eating something toxic to lab animals, we are consuming chemicals that no one really knows the effects of. Cereal may not be as healthy as you originally thought. My mother eats Post's Fruity Pebbles at least once a day, and I was looking through the ingredient list, and what was on there? The infamous BHA. My mother was blindly eating something that could possibly kill her, just because she bought a cereal that she believed to be safe. She is not the only one. With this colorful cereal marketed to children, people all over the country were doing the same thing. While Post is the maker of Fruity Pebbles, Kellogg is just as guilty. Frosted Flakes, another favorite in my house, contains BHT. Again, BHA and BHT maintain the freshness and flavor of the food it is added to, but there is a healthier alternative, vitamin E. Rather than putting carcinogenic chemical additives into children's cereal, we could simply put a vitamin in to do the same thing, without any negative health repercussions. The solution is simple. Both Kellog and Post Holdings Inc must get the toxic BHA and BHT out of their cereal products, and instead replace it with vitamin E. If we win, then cereals will be healthier, and children will no longer be eating poison for breakfast Even more outrageous than these corporations using these chemicals, is the fact that outside of North America, BHT has already been banned from cereals as well as other food products, because it was proven unsafe. Please, support me. Whether you and your family are victims of these corporations putting toxins in their cereal, or you know to avoid them, for every signature helps pave the way to a healthier North America.  

Zoe G.
14,094 supporters