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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.


The latest updates


A person takes a photograph of a home and

Image | December 23, 2008 at 18:00

A person takes a photograph of a home and truck that was destroyed near the Tennessee Valley Authorities Kingston Fossil Plant Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008 in Harriman, Tenn.

Greenpeace activists stand on juvenile yellowfin

Image | May 9, 2008 at 15:48

Greenpeace activists stand on juvenile yellowfin and skipjack tuna in the hold of Philippine mothership the Kenken 888 with a banner reading "Stop overfishing Tuna" in Korean. The vessel has transferred the catches of six purse seiners at sea...

University of California

Image | April 25, 2008 at 16:56

University of California, Berkeley (Cal) students passed an Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) resolution stating, “we do not support the selling of Kimberly-Clark products in the ASUC Student Store, and direct(ing) the...

As a result of student pressure (over 1

Image | April 25, 2008 at 16:53

As a result of student pressure (over 1,100 petitions, two front page articles, and a Forest Crimes Scene protest), Kleenex products were phased out of the Cal Student Store.

Northern Arizona University (NAU) completely

Image | April 25, 2008 at 16:52

Northern Arizona University (NAU) completely phased out Kimberly-Clark products on campus. NAU is now purchasing toilet tissue products with only 100% recycled content and non-chlorine bleaching.

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