Our homes, schools, workplaces, and even playgrounds contain products formulated with many chemicals that have not been tested for their impacts on human health. And yet over 80,000 synthetic chemicals are currently registered for use in the US, found in everything from cleaning products to construction materials to carpeting, toys, and even shampoo.
Though many daily-use chemicals remain untested for safety, we do know some have been linked to cancer, infertility, neurodevelopmental disorders, low birth weight, learning problems, birth defects, and asthma. Hundreds of synthetic chemicals are detectable in human bodies, demonstrating routine exposure. Babies and children are uniquely vulnerable to these chemicals.
WHAT MOMS IS DOING
ABOUT TOXIC CHEMICALS
Moms is currently asking EPA to protect people from toxic air pollution released in plastics and chemical manufacturing. In the past, we worked to update and strengthen federal chemical legislation. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was passed with bipartisan support by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2016. People have tried to weaken it since. Moms was there to protect it and continues to demand its strongest implementation.
To make your voice heard on toxic chemicals, you can sign and share our petitions to regulate plastics and chemical manufacturing. Concerned parents can read our Ask Mom Detective series where we answer questions about toxic chemicals and offer safer solutions.