November 20, 2019

Coalition of Environmental Health and Justice Organizations Say New York Should Lead the Way Protecting Children Against Toxic Chemicals in Products Designed for Kids

New York, NY – On this World Children’s Day and as the holiday shopping season begins, a coalition of businesses, health care providers, and environmental health and justice organizations are urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the Child Safe Products Act “to reveal hidden harmful unnecessary chemicals and eliminate the worst of them in items babies and children use every day.”

Noting that, with the Governor’s signature, New York will be a national leader in protecting children from these toxic chemicals that can have lifelong health consequences, they wrote, “our children are depending on you.”

November 19, 2019

A new report reveals that many of North America’s largest retail companies are embracing chemical safety policies to help protect consumers from toxic chemicals in products. In the largest-ever analysis of its kind, 63% of evaluated companies improved over the past year alone.

The fourth annual Who’s Minding the Store? A Report Card on Retailer Actions to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals evaluated and graded the chemical policies and practices of 43 retail chains with more than 190,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada, as part of Safer Chemicals Healthy Families’ Mind the Store campaign. 

The only major retailer focused on baby products, buybuy BABY, and its parent company Bed Bath and Beyond, was one of the most improved, raising their score this year from a D+ to a C+, through new documented policies to restrict harmful chemicals in padded products like furniture and toys and personal care products for babies.

“We applaud the progress leading retailers are making to protect people – especially children – from harmful chemicals. We can accelerate this progress through state-level action  like New York’s Child Safe Products Act, to reveal hidden harmful chemicals and eliminate the worst of them in items meant for kids,” said Kathy Curtis, Executive Director of Clean and Healthy New York. Passed with strong bipartisan support in April 2019 as part of a first-ever bicameral Earth Day legislative package, the Child Safe Products Act awaits Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature. (Click here to read full release)

October 24, 2019

A coalition of environmental health advocacy groups today released new research revealing hazardous and outdated flame retardant chemicals contained in streaming televisions from Best Buy and Amazon. The investigation, Toxic TV Binge, uncovered flame retardants in the plastic components of six state-of-the-art TVs under the Toshiba and Insignia brands and developed in partnership with Best Buy and Amazon. The European Union recently banned all organohalogen flame retardants in electronics displays, including TVs.

October 11, 2019

New York is the first state in the nation to require period product makers to disclose ingredients. There is no federal requirement to do so, and only a few companies provide this vital information. A.164-A, introduced by Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), and S.2387-B, introduced by Senator Roxanne J. Persaud (D-District 19), was signed into law this morning by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

January 29, 2019

At a time when federal regulations are being rolled back, and New York State lawmakers have an appetite for acting in the public interest, the Roadmap identifies roles and actions that can place New York State as a definitive leader in transparency, action on harmful chemicals and classes, innovation, and integration of chemical considerations into the broader field of sustainability.

June 20, 2018

Today NY Attorney General Underwood and Governor Cuomo released a joint announcement that New York State is suing the makers of hazardous firefighting foam, to recover costs for cleaning up contaminated drinking water in numerous communities across the state. It comes as the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry released long-awaited toxicological profiles for a number of per-and poly-fluorinated chemicals, finding that minimum risk levels are in the single digits of parts per trillion, significantly lower than the threshold set by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

June 12, 2018

Environmental, public health and children’s advocates joined with legislative leaders to release a new report Tell Me More: Missing Information on Harmful Chemicals in Children's Products and urge action on three pieces of legislation that would help protect children from harmful chemicals. 

June 6, 2018

Starting in July 2019, New York State will drive cleaning product makers to post online information about all ingredients in their products, thanks to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's newly issued guidance. In addition to naming ingredients, companies will identify ingredients or products that are listed as chemicals of concern on a series of environmental and health hazard lists, including cancer, infertility, learning and developmental harm, asthma and other respiratory problems, and skin sensitizers. (Click the title to read more)

April 20, 2018

In response to the approval of Procurement Specification Amendments for Food Service Containers and Packaging by the Interagency Committee on Sustainability and Green Procurement, Clean and Healthy New York has issued the following statement: (Click title to read more).

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