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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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Calls for Required Safeguards from Disasters Grow as Obama Administration Releases...

Media release | June 6, 2014 at 12:30

Over one hundred organizations have advocated for more than a decade for new safety standards at chemical facilities that would require high-risk plants to use safer available alternatives to eliminate catastrophic hazards.

Sickened by slack lawmakers? Nauseated by nonsense laws? Disgusted by lobbyists...

Media release | June 29, 2011 at 13:32

WASHINGTON - Greenpeace preempted today's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) vote, handing out air sickness bags to Senators, Committee staff and attendees. One side of the bags has a graphic reminiscent of the Mr. Yuck...

Republican Led Chemical Security Bills Fail To Remove Nation’s Chemical Plants From...

Media release | March 4, 2011 at 14:25

WASHINGTON - March 4, 2011 - Today Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Representatives Dan Lungren (R-CA) and Timothy Murphy (R-PA) introduced three chemical security bills. These bills extend a flawed temporary law for three and seven years...

Dow Facility Fails Greenpeace Security Inspection

Media release | September 8, 2010 at 13:57

HOUSTON — Following a citizen inspection conducted earlier this week by Greenpeace, the organization has issued a ‘failed inspection’ report to Dow Chemical Company for failing to fully secure its Texas Operations facility in Freeport, TX against...

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