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HealthyStuff.org'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 HealthyStuff.org and leads its research and development. 

NEW STUDY RELEASED ON 2016 GARDEN HOSES

In 2011, 2012 and 2013, the Ecology Center tested over 200 garden hoses from national retailers. The hoses were tested for hazardous metals and bromine, an indicator of brominated flame retardants, and a subset were tested for phthalates. A small number of vinyl (PVC) hoses were also subjected to a water leaching test. 

In 2016, we tested 32 hoses from Amazon, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Meijer, Target, and Walmart, of which 24 were PVC. The other eight were various types of polyurethane, synthetic rubber, and other polymers.

2016 Garden Hose Report

 

Selected earlier reports

 

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:  SaferCar.gov is the NHTSA site where you can identify and report problems you might be having with your vehicle, tires, equipment or car seats.

 
HealthyStuff.org ratings do not provide a measure of health risk or chemical exposure associated with any individual product, or any individual element or related chemical. HealthyStuff.org 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
The latest research on toxic chemicals in children’s car seats was released today by the nonprofit Ecology Center  at the consumer-friendly site, www.HealthyStuff.org.  Nearly three-quarters (73%) of seats tested contained hazardous halogenated flame retardants and over half contained non-halogenated organophosphate flame retardants, some of which are hazardous as well.
For the first time, because they were required by the State of Maine to report the information, manufacturers of paints and cleaning products available across the country have disclosed their uses of hormone‐disrupting phthalates (THAL‐eights), revealing the use of these chemicals as a fragrance ingredient in these products.
IMPORTANT NOTE: HealthyStuff.org ratings do not provide a measure of health risk or chemical exposure associated with any individual product, or any individual element or related chemical.

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