Updated 2004-2011. CHE’s Learning & Developmental Disabilities Initiative (LDDI) Workgroup. Overview of several contaminants using the following format: What is it? How does it affect children’s health? How are children exposed? How can you reduce exposure? Includes info on arsenic, lead, mercury, mold, pesticides, plastics and several others. Good overview of endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
A national organization that works to eliminate toxic chemicals that impact women’s health by changing consumer behaviors, corporate practices and government policies. Includes tips on reducing exposure and advocating for change.
Info on broad range of environmental health topics, including food, consumer products, children’s health, water; chemical index lists health effects and routes of exposure for many chemicals; health tips include easy-to-use guides on topics from sunscreen to cookware to plastics.
Defines chemicals linked to breast cancer and routes of exposure; provides tips for preventing exposure, including “tip cards” to send to friends and family; describes many possibilities for advocacy, locally and nationally. Link to State of the Evidence: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment; landmark 2010 report summarizing current scientific evidence, and linking the science to actions we can take to reduce risk.
University of California San Francisco. Dedicated to creating a healthier environment for human reproduction and development by advancing scientific inquiry, clinical care and health policies that prevent exposures to harmful chemicals in our environment. Website contains links to “Toxic Matters” brochure, an excellent overview on how to prevent toxic exposures and advocate for change, and to the “Shaping Our Legacy: Reproductive Health and the Environment” report.
Room-by-room guide to greener living. Tips for buying, cooking, and storing food. Guide to tap water and filters. “Why Tap Water is Better than Bottled Water” explores the environmental impact of bottled water, as well as health concerns regarding contaminants.
Short, captivating animated films by Annie Leonard about the environmental impact of consumerism in the US; films include The Story of Stuff, The Story of Electronics, The Story of Cosmetics, The Story of Bottled Water, and The Story of Cap & Trade.
Nonprofit dedicated to educating parents, supporting protective policies, and engaging communities to create healthy environments where children and families can flourish. Website includes shopping pocket guides, Healthy Home party kit, healthy eating guide.
Environmental Working Group's Food News webpage. Includes link to EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides: guide for reducing pesticide consumption, especially when it is not feasible to buy all organic produce.
Center for Health and Environmental Justice’s PVC. Links to shopping guide for safer plastics, guide for making your home PVC-free.
Advocate for Change
**Many organizations listed throughout the resources section are also dedicated to advocacy and societal change. Check their websites to learn how to get involved (including MOMS, Breast Cancer Fund, Women’s Voices for the Earth, PANNA).
Grassroots national organization dedicated to working with vulnerable communities to prevent chemical exposure. See also ww.besafenet.com for information on their BE SAFE Campaign for Precautionary Action.
National organization with the primary goal of effecting change through local action, assisting individuals and community-based organizations to stimulate discussion on the hazards of toxic pesticides, and providing information of safe alternatives.