Healthy Stuff Reports

October 23, 2014
HealthyStuff.org tested 106 Halloween related products, including costumes, accessories, decorations and party favors. Our testing found heavy metals and other additives are commonly found in Halloween costumes and accessories. These chemicals include lead, flame retardants, tin compounds and phthalates -- harmful chemicals that are linked to asthma, reproductive problems, developmental and learning disabilities, hormone problems and cancer.
September 4, 2014
For this study, HealthyStuff.org tested 101 children’s school supplies, including a variety of backpacks, binders, lunch boxes, pencil pouches and rulers. These products were purchased from 8 national retailers: CVS, Dollar Tree Stores, Inc., Kroger, Meijer, Target, Walgreens and Walmart.
July 4, 2014
For this study, Healthy Stuff.org purchased and tested 121 consumer products that include common products used in the household, outdoors, and for 4th of July festivities. These products were purchased in national retailers, including Target, Walmart, Kroger, Meijers, Big Lots, Walgreens, and CVS.
April 16, 2014
April 16, 2104 — Healthystuff.org purchased pet products, children’s products, and other home goods from Walgreens stores and tested the products for hazardous chemicals, including arsenic, lead, bromine, chlorine, mercury and cadmium. The study is part of ongoing research at HealthyStuff on harmful chemicals in consumer products that are sold by each of the top ten U.S. retailers. Previous results can be viewed by retailer at the HealthyStuff.org Retailer Center.
December 20, 2013
December 20, 2013 — HealthyStuff.org wraps up 2013 with a new study that continues to show how toxic chemicals are found in a range of consumer products. This winter screening joins a series of studies HealthyStuff.org has released in the past months showing how toxic chemicals continue to lurk in everyday consumer products.
December 5, 2013
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November 15, 2013
Chemical hazards found in kitchen, exercise equipment, jewelry, consumer electronics, building and outdoor products Some retailers responding, others remain silent
August 8, 2013
New Study of Picnic Supplies Finds Lead, Phthalates, Hazardous Flame Retardants, Organotins and Other Harmful Ingredients Mind the Store Calls on Top Ten Retailers to Phase Out Toxics
May 7, 2013
Hoses Can Leach Phthalates and BPA into Water, Study Finds Retailers Called on to Stop Selling Products May 7, 2013  —  High levels of hazardous chemicals, many of which have been banned in children’s products, were found in garden hoses for the second year in row. Phthalates and the toxic chemical BPA were all found in the water of a new hose after sitting outside in the sun for just a few days, according to researchers at the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center, which has just completed a study of toxic chemicals in garden hoses.

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