Green Chemistry & Safer Materials

In order to create an economy that produces goods and services that restore ecosystems, increase community and ecological resilience, advance justice and are safe throughout their lifecycle, we are going to need a lot  of innovation. 

The Ecology Center helped create the nation’s first state-supported Green Chemistry Program to drive innovation in Michigan.   We helped launch an international movement to transform the health care sector to make it a lever for change across all sectors.  We advocate for innovative policy to drive the production of safer products,  and we are a watchdog so that the cost of doing the wrong thing is sufficient to create an incentive to innovate toward greener products and processes.

For more about our work to green chemistry, advocate for better chemicals policy, green the health care sector, or hold industry accountable, read on.

News

September 28, 2017
Press Release
The Ecology Center, in partnership with the Car Seat Detox Challenge Campaign and the Learning Disabilities Association of America, delivered over 40,000 signatures to Laurel Hurd, President of Graco Children’s Products and CEO of Global Baby Division at Newell Brands, calling...
October 25, 2016
News
While the Ecology Center has been working to end childhood lead exposure in Michigan for years, this National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week we joined a coalition of over fifty groups calling for federal agencies to act boldly to eradicate lead exposure on a national scale.
May 3, 2016
Press Release
New report reveals toxic phthalates “everywhere.” Used in products from 3M, Hallmark Cards, The Gap, Sherwin-Williams Company, True Value, and More
April 27, 2016
News
Anyone with a yard can contribute to helping re-establish and support the declining bee population and create child-safe yards at the same time.
April 19, 2016
News
Participate in our upcoming study looking for toxic chemicals hiding in our pet's food packaging.
March 28, 2016
News
Decorations, costumes, accessories, toys, school supplies, kitchen items, garden tools, apparel, floor tiles, and more, the Ecology Center sampled more than 1,500 of these products for a recently published, peer-reviewed study and uncovered startling results.