Two manufacturers of children's car seats pledge to eliminate chemical hazards in their products

Commitments follow reports from Ecology Center's

Britax and Orbit Baby, major manufacturers of children's products including car seats, have announced their commitment to eliminate chemical hazards in their products.  Orbit Baby was the first to market children’s car seats free of hazardous flame retardants and PVC.  On March 7, Britax reiterated their commitment to eliminate hazardous flame retardants that contain bromine or chlorine by the end of 2012.

More than half of low-cost jewelry ranks HIGH for toxic chemicals, new study says

Groups call for overhaul of federal chemical regulations

Published on March 13, 2012

The Return of EcoRide! June 24 tour will feature stops at 'green' sites around the community

EcoRide, one of the earliest events organized by the Ecology Center after its founding in 1971 and one of the first bicycling events in our region, is returning this year after a two-year break.

Britax, Orbit Baby commit to phase out hazardous flame retardants & PVC in children’s car seats applauds companies’ commitment to healthy products

Published on March 8, 2012

Gluten-free Diets: Fad or Necessity?

Recipe for pecan-raisin bread made with almond flour

More people are discovering they feel better after adopting a gluten-free diet. And food manufacturers have responded by making more GF products available, though not all of them are healthy, according to Judy Stone, a nutritionist currently working on a special project with Hillary Bisnett, director of the Ecology Center’s Healthy Food in Health Care program.

Do you 'like' us? Ecology Center social media platforms support communications, advocacy efforts

U-M students help with updates

The Ecology Center’s social media presence took major steps forward earlier this year thanks to a crew of graduate students from the University of Michigan School of Information who came into the office to take part in the school’s annual volunteer day of service.

Disrupted Development, Part Two: Protection Against Endocrine Disruptors

In Part One, we discussed that endocrine disruptors are widespread in consumer products and the food supply and that scientists are still struggling to understand how they affect growth and development.

Published on February 21, 2012

'Green smoothie' smooths the way to better nutrition

Healthy Food campaign promotes healthier beverages

Across the country, the health-care community is taking steps to eliminate drinks with added sugars and other unhealthy beverages and increase access to tap water within their facilities, according to Hillary Bisnett, director of the Ecology Center’s Healthy Food in Health Care program.

Local foods get the highlight

Fourth annual HomeGrown Local Food Summit on April 2

Michigan's unique agricultural history will be highlighted at the fourth annual HomeGrown Local Food Summit, to be held at Washtenaw Community College from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 2.

New Ecology Center guide to toxic chemicals in cars helps consumers avoid a major source of indoor air pollution

Honda rated as top manufacturer, thanks to PVC reduction efforts


Published on February 15, 2012