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Living a Toxic-Free Life

Taking a sip of water. Walking your kids to school. Biting a red apple. None of those activities should include the word “toxic.

Every human deserves to live their lives without fearing they may be consuming toxic chemicals or could be seconds away from a chemical disaster.

The production, trade, use, and release of toxic synthetic chemicals are a threat to human health and the environment everywhere. Still, the industries that produce and release toxic chemical compounds find ways to persist, often with little or no testing, safety requirements, or understanding of the impacts of their behavior.

Greenpeace internationally campaigns to protect people and ecosystems from the dangers of toxic chemical exposure particularly those working at chemical facilities and communities living near these dangerous facilities. We monitor industry’s actions on the ground, keep the public informed about risks, perform direct interventions at pollution sites, and advocate for major change in legislation and corporate policy.

Find out where more than 400 high-risk chemical plants are located.

And we are making progress every day. Consumer products are less toxic. Companies and countries are beginning to responsibly handle mountains of electronic waste. And we support  communities across developing countries to protect their soil, water, and advocate for safe working conditions.

Take action today! You can help prevent a toxic disaster in your community by signing our petition to President Obama.

 

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Another avoidable disaster hits Texas

Blog by Diana Ruiz | November 20, 2014

On Saturday, November 15, a deadly chemical gas leak at DuPont’s La Porte, Texas plant claimed the lives of four workers.  All it took was a leak of an estimated 100 pounds of methyl mercaptan to kill them and injure a fifth worker who is...

Can 2.5 billion gadgets a year be green?

Blog by Tom Dowdall | September 3, 2014

It’s predicted we will buy 2.5 billion mobiles, computers and tablets in 2014 and there will soon be more Internet connected devices than people on the planet. As the number of gadgets we own explodes, how they are made, used and disposed...

US Fish & Wildlife begins complete elimination of bee-killing pesticides in Pacific...

Blog by Cassady Sharp | July 15, 2014

Effective immediately, the US Fish & Wildlife Service will begin to eliminate the use of harmful and proven bee-killing pesticides  in the Pacific National Wildlife Refuge Systems.  These lands include Washington, Hawaii, Idaho and Oregon. The...

Texas’s Attorney General tells residents to “drive around” to discover dangerous...

Blog by Diana Ruiz | July 14, 2014

Last week the city of Port Arthur, Texas was shaken by the Chevron Phillips Chemical plant blast that sent two injured workers into a medical helicopter. Although Chevron Phillips publicly claimed that the situation was “under control,” the...

San Francisco Bay residents organize healing walks to oil & chemical refineries

Blog by Cassady Sharp | July 9, 2014

The following is a guest post from Pennie Opal Plant, member of Gathering Tribes & organizer of the Refinery Corridor Healing Walks. Photo credit to Steve Nadel. Prior to organized healing walks in the San Francisco Bay area, many residents had...

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