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Laboratory testing, commissioned by the Ecology Center, of 10 varieties of macaroni and cheese products has revealed phthalates, a toxic hormone-disrupting class of chemicals, in the cheese powders of all the boxed macaroni and cheese tested.
In early June, the Ann Arbor City Council concluded an 8-month-long bid process by unanimously approving a contract with Recycle Ann Arbor to process the City’s recyclables. RAA’s proposal offered high recovery rates, low environmental impacts, low price, and high performance.
In December, after years of debate, the Michigan Legislature passed legislation (PA 341 & 342) that increased our renewable energy standard to 15% by 2021 and maintained Michigan’s energy efficiency standard at 1% per year sun-setting in 2021.  
Our Healthy Stuff team tested 60 pet food cans and discovered toxic chemicals hiding in the linings. BPA and PVC were both commonly found, both of which are harmful once leached into the food. We want better for our beloved pets; they deserve it.
In our recent study, we discovered toxic BPA in the lining of canned pet food. Let's tell manufacturers of pet food to clean up their act and stop using toxic chemicals in their cans.

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We believe that the central question of our time is how human beings are going to thrive in the world without destroying the earth's ability to sustain us. In the face of enormous environmental challenges, virtually all sectors of our society are now scrambling to create solutions, and the Ecology Center plays a critical role in advancing the best models.

To do that, we employ four core strategies:

  • We educate consumers to help keep their families healthy and safe.
  • We push corporations to use clean energy, make safe products, and provide healthy food.
  • We provide people with innovative services that promote healthy people and a healthy planet.
  • We work with policymakers to establish laws that protect communities and the environment.
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We focus our efforts in a few specific areas, where we've developed deep expertise, analyzed opportunities, and identified strategies for maximum impact. We descrive these overarching areas as Environmental Health, Sustainable Food, Energy & Climate Change, and Zero Waste. To put it very briefly, we work to make your products safer, your food more local, the energy you use cleaner, and to make less waste in the process.