Safe & Healthy Materials

We work to redesign consumer products, and to transform our material economy so that it is safe for people and the food web.  Our role is to test products to promote demand for safer alternatives; 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.  Our efforts are focused primarily in Michigan and at the national level. 


Learn more about our work on Safe & Healthy Materials:

News

September 28, 2017
Press Release
The Ecology Center, in partnership with the Car Seat Detox Challenge Campaign and the Learning Disabilities Association of America, delivered over 40,000 signatures to Laurel Hurd, President of Graco Children’s Products and CEO of Global Baby Division at Newell Brands, calling...
July 25, 2017
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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.
June 29, 2017
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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.
May 30, 2017
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"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.
May 9, 2017
Press Release
Ecology Center, in collaboration with four national partner organizations, today issued a challenge to leading car seat manufacturers to develop and produce car seats without the use of toxic chemicals that can have harmful effects on children’s health.
March 30, 2017
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On March 8th, advocates, health professionals, lead-abatement contractors, and other citizen-lobbyists connected to discuss the real hazards of lead lurking in and around Michigan homes.