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

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.
News  |  October 16, 2020
We are fortunate to be able to highlight some victories related to protecting people from toxic PFAS in our drinking water and environment.
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  |  June 25, 2020
Ecology Center’s pioneering Healthy Stuff model combines low cost, rapid chemical screening techniques with creative and collaborative online campaigning to drive transparency and empower consumers in unprecedented ways.