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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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Image gallery | December 24, 2013

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Image | September 8, 2010 at 13:00

Greenpeace activists from left: Hope Kaye, Jennifer Thomas and John Shumaker display a banner near Dow's Texas Operations Plant A facility in Freeport, Texas. The facility is Dow's largest integrated site. Greenpeace issued a ‘failed inspection’...

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Image | February 3, 2009 at 18:00

A condemned sign stands in front of the Capitol Power Plant in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009. Greenpeace is part of a national coalition of more than 40 environmental, public health, labor, social justice, faith-based and other...

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