Hoses Can Leach Phthalates and BPA into Water, Study Finds
Retailers Called on to Stop Selling Products
May 7, 2013 — High levels of hazardous chemicals, many of which have been banned in children’s products, were found in garden hoses for the second year in row. Phthalates and the toxic chemical BPA were all found in the water of a new hose after sitting outside in the sun for just a few days, according to researchers at the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center, which has just completed a study of toxic chemicals in garden hoses.
Study on Toxic Chemicals in Mobile Phones : 36 Phones Tested for Lead, Mercury, Hazardous Flame Retardants and other harmful chemicals.
October 3rd, 2012 -- For the first time the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center teamed up with technology gurus at ifixit.com to research toxic chemicals in 36 different cell phones, including the recently released iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy S III. The iPhone 5 ranked 5th, versus its primary competitor, Samsung Galaxy S III, which ranked 9th. The most toxic phone tested was the iPhone 2G.
What Chemicals Did We Test for?
HealthyStuff.org tested jewelry for chemicals based on their toxicity or suspected toxicity, persistence, and/or tendency to build up in people and the environment. These chemicals, including lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury and bromine and chlorine (PVC) have been linked in animal and some human studies to acute allergies and to long-term health impacts such as birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and cancer.
New Guide to Toxic Chemicals in Cars Helps Consumers Avoid "New Car Smell" As Major Source of Indoor Air Pollution
Best Picks: Honda Civic, Toyota Prius, Honda CR-Z
Worst Picks: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Chrysler 200, Kia Soul
Honda Rated as Top Manufacturer; PVC Reduction Efforts Hailed
One in Three Children's Toys Tested Found to have Significant Levels of Toxic Chemicals Including Lead, Flame Retardants, and Arsenic
Some Products on Shelves this Holiday Season Will be Illegal to Sell in February
Environmental Health Groups Hold Toy Testing Events Nationwide and Urge Manufacturers and Gov't to Phase Out Most Harmful Chemicals Immediately
Leading Environmental Organization Releases 2nd Annual Guide to Toxic Chemicals in Cars and Children’s Car Seats
Acura RDX and Smart Pure Rank As Least Toxic Cars;
GM Most Improved American Manufacturer
Most Toxic Cars: Mitsubishi Eclipse, Suzuki Reno, BMW 128i
Most Toxic Car Seats: Alpha Sport Vantage Booster, Britax Marathon Onyx
First-Ever Ranking of Toxic Chemicals in Child Car Seats Released Today at HealthyCar.org
Study Shows Chemicals including PVC, Brominated Flame Retardants and Lead May Contribute to Serious Health and Developmental Problems in Children
Best Infant Seats: Graco SnugRide Emerson & EvenFlo Discovery ChurchilWorst Infant Seats: Combi Centre EX Mango & Peg Perigo Primo Vaggio Toffee
As First-Ever Consumer Guide to Toxic Chemicals in Cars; Over 200 New Vehicles Ranked for Environmental Safety
Chemicals Released from Indoor Auto Parts Contribute to "New Car Smell" and Serious Health Concerns for Drivers & Passengers
Worst Picks: Nissan Versa, Chevy Aveo, Scion xB 5dr, Kia RioBest Picks: Chevy Cobalt, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Honda Odyssey, Volvo V50