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

PFAS in Fast Food Packaging
Press Release  |  August 6, 2020
The new report shows that all six food chains sampled had one or more food packaging items that likely contain toxic PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances)—chemicals known to threaten human health.
News  |  July 21, 2020
A new report, The Mattress Still Matters, released by the Ecology Center and the Getting Ready for Baby (GRfB) campaign makes it easier for parents to make an educated choice about crib mattresses and reveals a need for transparency in the crib mattresses market.
News  |  November 13, 2019
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) happens each year toward the end of October. This year, the Ecology Center brought together lawmakers, impacted families, health professionals, and environmental organizations to discuss the best policies and practices.
News  |  October 29, 2019
Providence, RI is leading the way in environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP), committing to purchasing products and/or services that have a lesser impact on human health and the environment.
News  |  October 29, 2019
Do we really know what our children are playing on? New testing done by the Ecology Center and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) shows hazardous chemicals present in artificial turf.
Press Release  |  October 10, 2019
The toxic chemicals used in fire retardants and non-stick cookware have been found in artificial turf carpet, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and The Ecology Center. This raises new public health and environmental concerns.