Good News? BPA Is Officially Toxic In California

Good News? BPA Is Officially Toxic In California

One of the most widespread chemicals in our bodies, bisphenol-A or BPA, has been added to the list of reproductive toxins that require warning labels under Prop 65. The decision from California EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) will mean that products containing hazardous levels of BPA will have a warning label. This… Read more »

Beth Terry Is (Almost) Plastic-Free on KQED’s Forum and TED Talk

Beth Terry Is (Almost) Plastic-Free on KQED's Forum and TED Talk

For those who missed her events at the Ecology Center, Beth Terry was recently featured on KQED’s Forum program, along with two people who stepped up to take her Plastic Trash Challenge. We’re big fans of Beth for showing what is possible, and inspiring others to make changes with her. Her book, Plastic Free: How … 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 »

Plastic: A Toxic Love Story. Author event tonight at Books, Inc. in Berkeley

Plastic: A Toxic Love Story. Author event tonight at Books, Inc. in Berkeley

Tonight, in Berkeley, journalist Susan Freinkel will be reading from her new book, Plastic: A Toxic Love Story… Read more » at Books, Inc. Each year we use and consume more plastic; we’ve produced as much plastic in the past decade as we did in the entire twentieth century. Plastics draw on dwindling fossil fuels, leach harmful chemicals,