Ten Days Left to Voice Your Support for Cancer Free Couches

Ten Days Left to Voice Your Support for Cancer Free Couches

We’ve blogged in the past about the perils of California’s fire safety law that opened the door for toxic carcinogens to come into our homes. Now there’s good news! Under Governor Jerry Brown’s leadership, the state has drafted a revised flammability safety standard that improves fire safety and eliminates the need for toxic chemicals. The… Read more »

Shampoo: What to Look For, What to Avoid

Shampoo: What to Look For, What to Avoid

It’s nice to feel clean. Stepping out of the shower is a moment refreshing not just to body, but also to mind and spirit. Getting clean, however, can be more of a journey than we think. Every day we are exposed to a litany of chemicals from every conceivable source, including what we put on… Read more »

Take Action to Get Dangerous Flame Retardant Chemicals Out of Homes

Take Action to Get Dangerous Flame Retardant Chemicals Out of Homes

We have devoted several blog posts to toxic flame retardant chemicals that are used in home furnishings. (Read more here and here). With a recently published series in the Chicago Tribune, it has been uncovered that flame retardant manufacturers have used deceptive lobbying techniques to ensure their products are required by law. Now we want… Read more »

California’s TB 117: A Mandate for Carcinogens in our Homes?

California's TB 117: A Mandate for Carcinogens in our Homes?

As a recent media story from KQED, “The Political Firestorm Inside Your Sofa,” points out, California is usually seen as a state that leads on environmental issues. In the case of state law TB 117, the state seems a dangerous dinosaur, risking public health for an outdated fire safety policy. TB 117 is under scrutiny… Read more »

Nitrates in Groundwater Pose Health Risk to Rural Farming Communities

Nitrates in Groundwater Pose Health Risk to Rural Farming Communities

From California Watch, a newly published UC Davis study on nitrate pollution in groundwater draws some grim conclusions. The study examined the sources, impact, costs and potential solutions in five California counties, representing the biggest agricultural producers in the state, and found 10% of the 2.6 million residents of those counties might be drinking nitrate-contaminated… Read more »