We are dedicated to protecting children's health from toxic chemicals. Much of our children's health work is accomplished through the Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health, a coalition of health professional, health-affected, and environmental organizations from across the state who share the common mission of reducing children's exposure to toxic chemicals. We strive to protect children's health through:

  • Advocacy: we advocate for policies at the state and national levels that would best protect children from toxic chemicals found in everyday consumer products, our homes, schools, and the environment.
     
  • Outreach and Education: we partner with community-based organizations and institutions to provide innovative curriculum for health professionals, children's health advocates and families focused on creating healthier homes and reducing exposure to toxic chemicals.
     
  • Research: we work closely with our HealthyStuff.org team to identify toxic chemicals in children's products and how to minimize exposure.

Published on January 26, 2017

News

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Press Release  |  October 6, 2021
A new study by the Ecology Center’s Healthy Stuff Lab, “Still Cooking: An Update on Toxic PFAS in Cookware Products,” found some cookware manufacturers still use PFAS coatings on their nonstick products, despite claims that their pans are free from certain PFAS chemicals.
Capped with Toxics
Press Release  |  July 13, 2021
A new report by the Toxic Free Food Campaign in partnership with Ecology Center Healthy Stuff Lab titled “Capped With Toxics” found toxic chemicals called ortho-phthalates in more than one-third of the 141 beverage brands tested. Market leaders are switching to safer bottle caps,
News  |  May 28, 2021
Ecology Center found PFAS in all tested fertilizer and compost products. Check these products labels to find out the source of the materials. Ingredients listed as “biosolids” and “residuals” are code words for sewage sludge.
Press Release  |  March 30, 2021
The latest annual report card scoring retailer actions on toxic chemicals is out. About 2/3 of the companies have made progress over the last year.
Undisclosed PFAS coatings common on cookware
Press Release  |  December 15, 2020
New report shows undisclosed PFAS coatings common on cookware. Ecology Center tested 24 nonstick cooking and baking pans to document hidden hazards and highlight readily available safer pan alternatives.
News  |  November 25, 2020
Ann Arbor voters passed Proposal C, the city’s affordable housing millage proposal, with a resounding voter support rate of 73.49%. Prop C is a major win for our community and for the environment, tackling homelessness, housing insecurity, and the climate crisis at the same time.