Safe & Healthy Materials

We are working toward a cultural transformation that will drive the way we design, consume and dispose of products, with a focus on "better, not more." We use research, knowledge creation, education, organizing, and mobilization to make this change. We test products to educate and drive reformulation, advocate for Green Chemistry training and education, leverage the size and opinion leader status of health care, and frame our issues in terms of health, with a special focus on children's health. A toxic material economy impacts the most vulnerable and powerless. We push manufacturers to make safer products and address the inequities in our material economy. 

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February 27, 2017
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The Breathe Free Detroit campaign is asking the public to speak out against the air-polluting giant trash incinerator in Detroit. Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is hearing public comments until March 8th. Speak out. Help us fight for clean air.
February 27, 2017
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The Ecology Center and its Michigan Renewable Schools program is evaluating evidence-based connections between improved student performance and health with strategic clean energy investments in our K-12 school facilities: better lighting, ventilation, exterior building shell, etc
January 30, 2017
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The FDA says the risks outweigh the benefits when it comes to antibacterial soaps. A new rule goes into effect this September. Find out what their concerns are and what to do in the meantime.
October 25, 2016
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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.
October 13, 2016
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The Ecology Center, in coalition with other health and environmental groups, demand that the state government end childhood lead poisoning. We’ve known about the dangers of lead for years, and we've failed as a society to mount a response scaled to the size of the problem.
September 28, 2016
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Coal tar sealants cover a vast majority of driveways, parking lots and playgrounds. They are meant to extend the life of the asphalt underneath. Unfortunately, these sealants contain a hazardous chemical that is a known carcinogen.

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