HealthyStuff's mission is to research toxic chemicals found in everyday products. This site is based on research conducted by environmental health organizations and other researchers around the country. The Ecology Center created and leads its research and development. 

New vinyl tile flooring report released on Earth Day; Home Depot announces phthalate plasticizer phase-out

A new study found that most vinyl flooring tested contained toxic phthalates, a number of which have been banned in children’s products since 2009. The flooring samples tested were purchased from major home improvement retailers including Lowe’s and Lumber Liquidators. Researchers found that, of 65 vinyl flooring tiles tested, 38 (58 percent), contained phthalates.  The study also surveyed major retailers to assess whether they have adopted policies to eliminate phthalates in flooring.  The survey found that The Home Depot is far ahead of its  competitors by requiring its suppliers to eliminate ortho-phthalates in all virgin vinyl flooring by the end of 2015.  Read the report

New report in post-consumer polyvinyl chloride In building products

New HBN research reveals that legacy toxic hazards are being reintroduced into our homes, schools and offices in recycled vinyl content that is routinely added to floors and other building products.  HealthyStuff collaborated with HBN on this research.



Concerned about a product hazard?

A number of US regulatory agencies are charged with addressing dangerous consumer products. In general, chemical hazards in consumer products are poorly regulated and outside a few examples (toys & some children's products) consumers are largely left unprotected.  HealthyStuff still encourages consumers to report products related chemical hazards to the appropriate agency.

General Consumer Products:  US Consumer Product Safety Commission Unsafe Product Report

Vehicles and Car Seats: is the NHTSA site where you can identify and report problems you might be having with your vehicle, tires, equipment or car seats. ratings do not provide a measure of health risk or chemical exposure associated with any individual product, or any individual element or related chemical. ratings provide only a relative measure of high, medium, and low levels of concern for several hazardous chemicals or chemical elements in an individual product in comparison to criteria established in the site methodology.

HealthyStuff Reports

New Study Finds Toxic Chemicals Widespread in Flooring Sold by Top Retailers World’s Largest Home Improvement Retailer, Home Depot, Commits to Phase Out of Phthalates in Flooring by End of 2015
In conjunction with the Campaign for Healthier Solutions, tested 164 products purchased at four major discount retailers—Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and 99 Cents Only—in six U.S. states. tested 69 seasonal holiday products purchased in November 2014 from major retailers. More than two-thirds of the products contained at least one hazardous chemical at levels of concern. Beaded garlands were found to contain a multitude of toxic contaminants, mirroring the results from our 2013 study of beaded garlands.

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Last year, demonstrations took place at a variety of Walgreens stores across the country as part of a national day of action, calling on the nation’s largest pharmacy chain to remove toxic products from their shelves. Ecology Center staff and volunteers organized outside of the Walgreens on State...
Send your message right now>>   A new study found that vinyl flooring sold by Lowe’s and other retailers tested contained phthalates, toxic chemicals that have been banned in children’s products.  ...
Send your message right now>>   New testing of dollar store products released today found that 81% of the products tested contained one or more hazardous chemicals above levels of concern, and almost ...
IMPORTANT NOTE: ratings do not provide a measure of health risk or chemical exposure associated with any individual product, or any individual element or related chemical.