Resources for citizens on toxic chemicals

Tox FAQs – U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry:
This website provides a brief summary of known and suspected health effects of many chemicals.

Toxnet – National Institutes of Health, Toxicology Data Network: Use this search engine to look up study findings on toxic chemicals.

Healthy Child Healthy World Chemical Profiles:

Center for Health and the Environment (CHE) Toxicant and Disease Database: An impressive, searchable database that summarizes links between chemical contaminants and approximately 180 human diseases or conditions.

Public Health Statements – U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: This website provides thorough, but accessible, information on known and suspected health effects of many chemicals.

    Resources for citizens on chemicals of concern in consumer products

HealthyStuff’s Consumer Action Guide to Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products:
HealthyStuff is a consumer products testing and rating project which has publicly posted original product test results for 1,000’s of products. works to increase consumer awareness, understanding and engagement in chemical policy reform advocacy; increase industry motivation to utilize chemical design tools and produce healthier products; and work for federal chemicals policy reform.

Toxic Free Future: The site provides easy tips and information on choosing safer products and creating healthy environments for children.

Environmental Working Group: EWG’s Skin Deep database gives you practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals. The site compare the ingredients on personal care product labels and websites to information in nearly 60 toxicity and regulatory databases. Skin Deep contains information and online safety assessments for 68,046 products, 2,867 brands

Good Guide: GoodGuide provides authoritative information about the health, environmental and social performance of products and companies. At the site you can search or browse over 120,000 food, toys, personal care, & household products to easily learn about the best and worst products in a category.

EPA Design for the Environment Safer Product Labeling Program: EPA allows safer products to carry the Design for the Environment (DfE) label. This mark enables consumers to quickly identify and choose products that can help protect the environment and are safer for families. When you see the DfE logo on a product it means that the DfE scientific review team has screened each ingredient for potential human health and environmental effects and that—based on currently available information, EPA predictive models, and expert judgment—the product contains only those ingredients that pose the least concern among chemicals in their class.

    Resources for citizens interested in Green Chemistry

Green Chemistry Network:
The Green Chemistry Network (GCN) aims to promote awareness and facilitate education, training and practice of Green Chemistry in industry, commerce, central, regional and local government, academia and schools. The Network was initially established in 1998 by the Green Chemistry Centre at the University of York, with funding from the Royal Society of Chemistry, and is now funded on a project-by-project basis. The project provides excellent resources and newsletters on how Green Chemistry is being used in the manufacture of safer products. As part of a pilot phase of work an interactive exercise on the lifecycle of soap was created and later further personal care products: moisturiser, shampoo, toothpaste and lipstick were added. More information about the Green Chemistry Centre can be viewed at this link.

Presidential Green Chemistry Awards: The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge was established to recognize and promote innovative chemical technologies that prevent pollution and have broad applicability in industry. The Challenge is sponsored by the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute and other members of the chemical community.

American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute: The Green Chemistry Institute is a project of the American Chemical Society and offers resources to academic programs, electronic tools, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, private sector, employment, and publications.

“This I Believe” essay on Green Chemistry: Asking the Right Questions, John Warner – Lowell, Massachusetts. As heard on NPR’s, March 24, 2008. Chemist John Warner is proud of the new compounds he’s helped create. But when his son died from liver failure, Warner began to wonder why he was creating those chemicals at all. Now he believes in challenging the old assumptions of science. Read the essay for NPR’s “This I Believe,” (pdf) by Green Chemistry co-founder, John Warner.

Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network: The Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network promotes Green Chemistry through business collaborations, educational outreach to students and teachers particularly young scientists, dialogue with government regulators, public education and engagement, and promoting green chemistry as a driver of economic development.

Clean Production Action: Clean Production Action promotes the use of products that are safer and cleaner across their life cycle for consumers, workers and communities. See their excellent fact sheets: Why We Need Green Chemistry (pdf) Why Promote Green Chemistry (pdf)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): The EPA Green Chemistry site includes links to basic information on Green Chemistry, projects & programs, grants & fellowships, international activities, and tools & literature.

A Resource Guide for States and Higher Education: The Green Chemistry and Commerce Council published a report on Growing the Green Economy Through Green Chemistry and Design for the Environment.

    Learning from other states

California Berkley Green Chemistry Center:
The Green Chemistry Center work to bring about a generational transformation in society’s production and use of chemicals and materials. Embedding the principles of green chemistry into science, markets, and public policy will provide the foundation for safeguarding human health and ecosystems well into the future, and it will provide a cornerstone for a sustainable, clean energy economy.

Oregon Green Chemistry: University of Oregon’s Green Chemistry website contains on green chemistry curriculum, research programs, database of educational materials, workshop on incorporating green chemistry into the undergraduate curriculum and our textbook on Greener Organic Chemistry.

Yale Green Chemistry: The Green Chemistry Department at Yale work to advance sustainability by catalyzing the effectiveness of the Green Chemistry and Green Engineering community. Green Chemistry and Green Engineering represent the fundamental building blocks of sustainability. Working in these disciplines, chemists and engineers are creating the scientific and technological breakthroughs that will be crucial to the future success of the human economy.

Carnegie Mellon Green Chemistry: The Institute for Green Science has been established at Carnegie Mellon University as a research, education and development center in which a holistic approach to sustainability science is being developed.

University of Massachusetts Lowell: The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production promotes communities, workplaces, and products to be healthy, humane, and respectful of natural systems. The Lowell Center develops practical solutions to environmental and health problems, helping to advance changes that lead to a safer, more secure, and sustainable planet.We promote environmentally sound systems of production and consumption by using rigorous science and innovative strategies to develop practical solutions. The Chemicals Policy and Science Initiative (CPSI) is a project of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The Initiative seeks to: significantly advance the dialog around chemicals policy reform in the US; assist in the development of sustainable chemicals management outside the US; encourage the development and use of safer alternatives by creating and promoting a comprehensive framework for alternatives assessment; and identify tools and appropriate ways of assisting green chemistry innovation and safer management of chemicals throughout the supply chain.

    Resources for citizens interested in Green Chemistry policy initiatives

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families:
The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition represents more than 11 million individuals and includes parents, health professionals, advocates for people with learning and developmental disabilities, reproductive health advocates, environmentalists and businesses from across the nation. The coalition of diverse groups is united by their common concern about toxic chemicals in our homes, places of work, and products we use every day.

General Accounting Office Review of EPA Chemical Regulation: GAO reviewed EPA’s efforts to (1) control the risks of new chemicals not yet in commerce, (2) assess the risks of existing chemicals used in commerce, and (3) publicly disclose information provided by chemical companies under TSCA. “Chemical Regulation: Options Exist to Improve EPA’s Ability to Assess Health Risks and Manage Its Chemical Review Program,” U.S. General Accountability Office, June 13, 2005.