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. 

News

August 24, 2017
Media Mention
News Channel 3 covers a new report on the economic benefits of EV expansion. Charge Up Midwest recruited energy consultants, M.J. Bradley & Associates, to perform an economic analysis of the use of electric vehicles in the state of Michigan.
July 25, 2017
News
Recent findings released by the Ecology Center, however, reveal that the dry powdered cheese mixes in those boxes have on average four times the amount of phthalates (thal-eights) than block cheese and other unprocessed cheeses.
Mac and Cheese in bowl
July 13, 2017
Press Release
Laboratory testing, commissioned by the Ecology Center, of 10 varieties of macaroni and cheese products has revealed phthalates, a toxic hormone-disrupting class of chemicals, in the cheese powders of all the boxed macaroni and cheese tested.
June 29, 2017
News
Our Healthy Stuff team tested 60 pet food cans and discovered toxic chemicals hiding in the linings. BPA and PVC were both commonly found, both of which are harmful once leached into the food. We want better for our beloved pets; they deserve it.
June 29, 2017
Press Release
In our recent study, we discovered toxic BPA in the lining of canned pet food. Let's tell manufacturers of pet food to clean up their act and stop using toxic chemicals in their cans.
May 30, 2017
News
"We want affordable, non-toxic car seats!" This is the call of our new campaign, the Car Seat Detox Challenge. After the recent release of the first car seat made without flame retardant additives that still meets flammability standards—we are asking all manufacturers to detox.